Plus: Stephen Amell, Erika Christensen, and more take on the first-ever ‘Celebrity Ninja Warrior’
Julia Roberts is Running Wild for a good cause.
The Oscar winner will be partnering up with Bear Grylls for the upcoming NBC Red Nose Day three-hour special to raise awareness of life-saving vaccines. Roberts and Grylls will travel to Kenya and traverse hazardous terrain to deliver the vaccines to a remote village — all under a time limit.
The two must navigate dense underbrush and avoid the wildlife — like crocodiles and hippos — as they race to the village while having to keep the vaccines cold.
And that’s just one part of the three-hour extravaganza airing May 25 on NBC. In the exclusive video above, Chris Hardwick reveals that he will be hosting the special as he breaks down the jam-packed schedule planned for the night.
“This year, the Red Nose Day celebration is bigger and better than ever,” Hardwick says in the clip, revealing that the night will include the first-everCelebrity Ninja Warrior for Red Nose Day segment at 8 p.m., as well as Roberts’ Running Wild with Bear Grylls for Red Nose Day trek to Kenya at 9. The evening will then wrap up with Hardwick hosting the Red Nose Day Special at 10 p.m. Roberts will also appear during the third hour as she visits Africa as part of a short film.
The star-studded Celebrity Ninja Warrior for Red Nose Day special will include appearances by Stephen Amell from Arrow, Erika Christensen from Parenthood, Dancing with the Stars‘ Derek Hough, Access Hollywood’s Natalie Morales, and two-time Olympic gold medalist decathlete Ashton Eaton. Each celeb will be paired up with a Ninja Warrior who has already successfully completed the course.
To end the night, Hardwick will host the one-hour special featuring the buzzed-about Love Actually reunion titled Red Nose Day Actually. The 10-minute clip that features most of the major stars from the film — like Liam Neeson, Keira Knightley, Colin Firth, Hugh Grant, and Andrew Lincoln — recently aired in the U.K. for its Red Nose Day in late March.