Donkey semen-drinking episode of Fear Factor replaced with insect-vomiting episode

The finale episode of the newly resurrected Fear Factor has been pulled off the schedule by NBC, apparently because it features contestants drinking donkey semen.

The episode has not been rescheduled, though a different, two-hour special will air Feb. 12. The pulled episode’s title was “Hee Haw! Hee Haw!”, but its official description said only that “teams also put themselves to the test eating the unimaginable in one stunt.”

Apparently, that’s too gross for a show that has already shown people swimming in blood and picking up hearts with their mouths. The episode NBC is re-airing tonight features contestants drinking and then vomiting up smoothies made of horrible insects; semen apparently crosses the gross threshold that putrid insect smoothie vomit does not.

Last week, TMZ reported that NBC executives were considering not broadcasting the episode, and even host Joe Rogan said that was a possibility, telling Entertainment Weekly a few weeks ago, “They’re not even sure if they’re going to air it. It’s so over the top and ridiculous. When they told me, I really though they were joking at first. I don’t know where the debate is, but NBC is not sure if they’re going to air it.”

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