Contestant “lost half the hair on her head” after Fear Factor South Africa stunt

A contestant on Fear Factor South Africa “lost half the hair on her head, suffered a concussion and was badly bruised during [a] stunt, in which contestants were dragged behind a 4X4 over sand dunes,” Variety reports.

While some viewers complained,’s head of publicity Rhona Pool told Variety, “I’m amazed at the outrage. Everyone knows that the program is about fear, and when the same stunt was performed on an international ‘Fear Factor’ show, no one complained.”

The contestant, Lebo Babe, “wanted to continue, but we decided to heed the doctor’s advice,” Pool said. And Babe tells The Mercury, “It was only later that I realised that I had lost half my head of hair. I spent a week in hospital and took two weeks sick leave.”

‘Fear’ accident shocks viewers [Variety]
Contestant ‘scalped’ after reality TV stunt [The Mercury]

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.