We have been watching this season of “Running Wild with Bear Grylls,” wondering if we could eat road kill and drop hundreds of feet down ravines… and now we’re going to watch as President Obama runs wild with Bear in the Alaskan Wilderness on Thursday, December 17th on NBC and experience the outdoors (under the secret service’s watchful eye).
Our Interview with Bear and his impression of President Obama
This season on “Running Wild with Bear Grylls” we’ve watched and learned more about who Kate Hudson, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Kate Winslet, Drew Brees, Ed Helms, Michelle Rodriguez, James Marsden and Michael B. Jordan are as people and not entertainment icons. Now, we’re going to get to see President Obama as a person, not a politician, a father, not a world leader.
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“Running Wild with Bear Grylls” with President Obama airs on Thursday, December 17th, 2015 (10:00 p.m. ET/PT) on NBC
Question: What will you remember about your time with President Obama?
Bear Grylls told us “ …if I look back on the whole thing, for me, [there were] two moments.
One was stood beforehand on the riverbank, we’re on helicopter filming and then was on foot for the last. It was all quite frantic, you know? Suddenly it all went still and I was waiting at the riverbank and I can see, all the Secret Service and the snipers positioned all around this mountain with the helicopters and it was like “Wow, I am really genuinely nervous.”
“Lets go and do it.” President Barack Obama
As soon as he arrived he was just saying “Hey, I’ve been a big fan of the show and it’s great to meet and let’s go and do it.” It was awesome…
…at the end of it what really stood out for me was the little thing we did, we prayed together.
…it’s like sort of an intimate thing to do but we talked about faith on the journey and how he’d said that one of his heroes is President Lincoln…
…[who] said… if you’re not a religious man when you take off, you will be by the end. It brings you into your knees.
…and I said right at the end I said, “It’s been such a privilege. I’d love just to praise you.”
Episode Observation: President Obama can finally just “be present” and enjoy the experience…
Question: What question did you ask President Obama about Climate Change and his legacy?
Bear Grylls told us “…[Obama] said, “I’m always a believer in science,” and [Climate change] it is happening and, we’ve got to take action and America can’t do it on their own and we got to form this global partnership to really tackle this. [Which just happened where close to 200 nations coming together at Paris Climate Change Conference].
And I read somewhere that I think Time Magazine said what he’d done for this climate change is actually the most significant thing anyone human being has ever done to set the ground.”
Question: Do you think if some of the naysayers took this trip they’d change their minds about climate change?
Bear Grylls told us “…Well, what I’ve learned with people… is that sometimes you can put it right in front of their nose and you’re never going to convert everyone. I think our job is to look at the facts…”
Question: What did you take away personally, from your time with President Obama?
Bear Grylls told us “…As a man, he’s just doing his best with heart, so – and trying to protect his country, protect his family and has given his all.”
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The show was devised by Grylls and Delbert Shoopman. Grylls recently starred on the NBC series “Get Out Alive with Bear Grylls” and serves as host and executive producer of “The Island.”
About Bear Grylls
Grylls has become known worldwide as one of the most-recognized faces of survival and outdoor adventure. His journey to this acclaim started on a small island off the UK coast, where his late father taught him to climb and sail. Trained from a young age in martial arts, Grylls went on to spend three years as a soldier in the British Special Forces, with the almost legendary SAS. It was here that he perfected many of the survival skills and went on to become one of the youngest climbers ever to reach the summit of Mount Everest.
He then went on to star in seven seasons of the Discovery Channel’s Emmy Award-nominated “Man vs. Wild” which has become one of the most-watched shows on the planet, reaching an estimated 1.2 billion viewers. He has authored 15 books, including his autobiography “Mud, Sweat & Tears,” which became a #1 international bestseller. He is married with 3 young boys and together they live on a small, remote Welsh island off the UK coast. find out more at http://www.beargrylls.com
Photos Courtesy NBC for Bear Grylls