US President Barack Obama’s appearance on Bear Grylls’s NBC reality show “Running Wild” in December last year had impressed Americans when the duo trekked through the wild in Alaska. However, the daring Grylls now claims he went ‘easy’ on the president.
Speaking on the Jonathan Ross show, Grylls admitted: “I did go easy on him… We had to go a little softer in that sense.” The survivalist claimed that special toilets were put up for the episode in case the President needed them – alongside a bomb-proof box, reports the Evening Standard.
“It was amazing and it was a phone call I never thought we’d get when The White House rang up and said, ‘He’s a fan of the show, would you ever take him to Alaska or on an adventure?’ I thought it was one of my buddies doing a spoof,” Grylls said on the Ross Show, reported the Digital Spy.
Grylls also provided insight into the trekking expedition with President Obama. He said, “We had like 60 Secret Service, snipers in the mountains, I’m not joking we had the whole four helicopters in the air, it was a crazy whole machine to watch.”
Grylls, famous for grilling celebrities and making them do the most bizarre things to survive in the wild, could not challenge Obama to perform any such activities (specially with secret services and snipers around!). It seems the only thing Obama did to survive in the wild was to eat some half-eaten salmon that a bear had left behind by a river. Well, in the video Obama does agree that Grylls should not have told him it was half-eaten by a bear! Obama said, “I seen so many thing Bear eats, I think a piece of salmon that will just work fine.” And Obama agreed that polishing off a “leftover fish from a bear” was a challenging task.
According to Grylls, while filming for the show, the duo also ignored the dictums from the secret service team. “It’s funny, they said lots of things beforehand – for example, if he was eating anything, then it had to be approved by his chef, as did anything he drank, and that he couldn’t do anything too dangerous, but on the day I decided to just wing it,” he had said on Absolute Radio’s Christian O’Connell Breakfast Show earlier.
Previous celebrities who have joined Bear Grylls on Running Wild include Kate Winslet, Kate Hudson, Zac Efron, Channing Tatum, who killed and gutted a scorpion and a rattlesnake, and Michelle Rodriguez, who ended up eating a mouse stewed in her own urine. He must have been serious when Grylls said he went easy on the US President!
Grylls shared how nervous he felt when he had to meet America’s top leader, but was impressed when Obama greeted him with a warm hug. Well, by now we Indians know Obama is big on hugs (read Modi Obama bromance). “As soon as he arrived he gave me a big hug, said hello and we were into it and what a privilege. He was a really humble, family-centred, straight-talking guy… I really admired him, admire him and what he’s done for climate change… It’s a real strong motivation for him and something he really wants for his legacy,” Grylls said.
Grylls also shared some fond memories about the trek and agreed that Obama was a true sport when it came to going out on an adventure. “We were going down this steep slope and the secret service were saying it was too dangerous – so I told the president that they didn’t think he could do it but he was like, ‘Of course I can… I’ll show them… C’mon let’s go!’ We ended up doing everything and he loved it,” he had said on the radio show.