'Everest Jump Live' canceled by Discovery after tragedy
Discovery has canceled its planned live special Everest Jump Live in the wake of Friday’s avalanche tragedy.
The network released this statement on Sunday: “In light of the overwhelming tragedy at Mt. Everest and respect for the families of the fallen, Discovery Channel will not be going forward with Everest Jump Live. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the whole Sherpa community.”
Everest Jump Live was set to air on May 11, chronicling climber Joby Ogwyn’s planned leap off the top of Mt. Everest and gliding down in a wingsuit. The network also planned a five-night late-night talk show dedicated to promoting and discussing the special.
Friday’s avalanche has been dubbed the single deadliest incident in Everest climbing history, claiming the lives of 13 people with three still missing, according to CNN. A group of about 50 people were hit by the avalanche just above base camp in the Khumbu Ice Fall. Most of the victims were Nepali Sherpas. Ogwyn and production staff from NBC News’ Peacock Productions, which was producing the show, were also reportedly at the base camp in preparation for the special.