“I am a big Fear Factor fan. I’m a big fan of anything Joe Rogan does, actually,” — Michael Scott, The Office
Could Joe Rogan return as Fear Factor host?
He’s “very high on the list” according to Endemol North America chairman David Goldberg. With news of the NBC rebooting the action-stunt classic just breaking today, producers haven’t yet turned their attention to who will host the show. But the comedian and UFC color commentator who add his own sardonic style to the role isn’t being ruled out.
“Joe was a great host,” Goldberg told EW. “I think his brand and his personality is associated with this show. This has all happened fairly fast. We’ll sit down with Joe and see if something he even wants to do. He’ll certainly be very high on the list.”
Rogan had no comment, though we do have a few more details about the new Fear Factor. NBC has ordered 10 episodes, and the show will aim for “bigger and scarier” stunts, according to producer Matt Kunitz. The gross-out bug-n-food challenge will remain part of the show, but “it won’t be so much about eating animal genitalia.”
“Back then, we didn’t even have it in HD,” Kunitz says. “We’re going to be able to take it to a new level.”
UPDATE: Joe Rogan reacts to Fear Factor reboot on Twitter: “To answer all the Fear Factor tweets, I’m not exactly sure what’s happening. Nothing is concrete at the moment. Should I do it again? … To answer the #1 concern, I’ll NEVER stop doing the podcast. No worries about that. It’s one of my favorite things to do.”