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When it comes to making famous people put themselves through strenuous tasks in the name of “survival,” Bear Grylls just don’t give a flip. And he will host one of the most famous people in the world later this year for a special edition of Running Wild with Bear Grylls, as President Barack Obama will join him in taking on the Alaskan wilderness.
Obama is embarking on an Alaskan trip soon in an effort to raise awareness for how climate change is drastically affecting that area of the country, and this is presumably when he will meet with Grylls to tape the episode. Grylls has been in the survival business for years, but Obama will be the first president to get this particular brand of education from him. Because he’s the leader of the free world, Obama presumably won’t have to go through some of the stranger things that Running Wild’s celebs have gone through, and I seriously don’t see him eating a mouse boiled in his own urine. But hey, maybe he’s game to do anything.
This week, Obama will also become the first sitting U.S. President to take a trip to the Arctic, and his Alaskan journey is meant to start conversations across the country on what climate change is doing to the region – such as wildfires and glaciers melting – and how the government can assist in preparation for such events. He will also officially change the name of this country’s tallest mountain from Mt. McKinley to Denali, which the native population has been calling it for years anyway. It’s unclear when the taping of Running Wild will occur.
Grylls is definitely no stranger to having internationally recognized people on his show. In Season 1, he ran around the world with people such as Ben Stiller, Channing Tatum and Zac Efron, among others. For Season 2, he roped in celebrities like Ed Helms, Michelle Rodriguez, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Kate Winslet, the latter of whom delivered a particularly memorable movie reference.
Obama has become pretty comfortable on TV over the years, and not just for State of the Union addresses. He’s popped by The Tonight Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Daily Show and more, but those are usually just for interviews and/or pre-taped segments. This will be one of the rare appearances where he’ll be tasked with actually doing stuff.
An exact date hasn’t yet been determined, but audiences can find the Obama-licious episode of Running Wild with Bear Grylls airing at some point later this year. Expect a certain amount of cross-promotion for this event as well, since there’s a message involved. Before that, though, check out the Michael B. Jordan episode airing tonight, August 31, on NBC, and then the Drew Brees-centered installment next week.