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Joe Rogan back to host Fear Factor, forgets to mention how “boring,” “mindless” his job was

When Fear Factor returns to NBC five years after being cancelled, it will feature its old host, Joe Rogan, who has new enthusiasm for the job. Unsurprisingly, he did not repeat his comments from three years ago, when he called the show “boring,” “mindless,” and “not something I would look forward to.”

Today, Joe told TV Guide, “Once it was a reality, I got really fired up about it. It seems so strange that a show could be off the air for five years and come back.” He also said, “What I brought to Fear Factor the first time I hope to bring to it again — a background in competitive athletics along with being a standup comedian. This show is tailor-made for me.” Taking on his old job, Joe said, “doesn’t seem real. It seems like some sort of bizarro dream world. But I’m looking forward to it. The idea of sitting at home and watching someone else host it would have driven me crazy.”

Meanwhile, executive producer Matt Kunitz said “We wouldn’t want to do this show without Joe.” He also told the magazine that the show will feature couples competing in every episode, but says the challenges will get bigger: “Technically stunts now are so much better at what we can do — much bigger falls, much faster falls. Bigger explosions, faster car stunts, bigger flips. We want to take it to the next level.”

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