Mythbusters apologize, say cannonball episode will never air

The episode of Mythbusters being filmed when a cannonball accidentally went through a house and into a car will never air, according to Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, who were actually not the ones conducting the experiment; it was the show’s B team, Tory Belleci, Kari Byron, and Grant Imahara, the ones who are bad actors and can’t really sell the moments when they’re saying scripted things that are supposed to sound spontaneous.

They were testing a myth about “whether or not a stone cannonball could actually breach a castle’s walls,” Adam told the San Francisco Chronicle. The paper reports that he and Jamie went to the affected house to apologize, and “promised they wouldn’t air the footage they had filmed of the near-catastrophic cannon shot.”

Although they were using a sheriff’s range when the calibration of the cannon failed and sent the cannonball into a neighborhood, Adam said the event is “wake-up call. Honestly, the feeling of embarrassment is not something we’re indulging in right now. We feel for the families and the people affected by this. Some people watch our show and think that we’re reckless. Others watch our show and they see we take safety seriously. The fact is, the latter is the case.”

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