MTV revives Fear Factor with new host Ludacris
Ludacris is set to host the revival, which will take aim at today's youth
A new generation of MTV fans is getting ready to face their fears… or at least watch other people do it.
MTV has announced plans to bring back Fear Factor, the hit reality show that launched on NBC in 2001 and ran for six seasons before NBC brought the show back for an additional season in 2011. But this time, things are going to be a little different. Aside from the network change, there’s also a new host: Ludacris will take Joe Rogan’s old spot. And then there’s the matter of the challenges themselves.
According to a press release, the 12-episode reboot is said to be inspired by urban legends, popular scary movies, and viral videos from today’s cultural zeitgeist, using all of those to push contestants beyond their comfort zones and force them to “take action against some of their biggest stressors.” The show will take aim at “youth tension points with challenges including ‘Roach-ella,’ ‘Trap Queen,’ and personal cell phone rescues at heights of over one hundred feet.”
The hourlong episodes will feature eight contestants — in four teams of two — fighting for a cash prize of $50,000. The Fear Factor reboot premieres Tuesday, May 30 at 10 p.m. ET.