Discovery Swallows Its Own Credibility: Why Viewers Are Angry With Eaten Alive Guy Video (Spoiler Alert)

The internet was nearly eaten alive with all the angry viewers who were expecting to watch Paul Rosolie get “Eaten Alive” by an 18-foot anaconda on Discovery Channel’s completely over-hyped two-hour special Monday night.

The long, drawn out event took viewers 100 miles into the Amazon, but when Rosalie thought his arm might break, he called it quits and his team raced in to free him before he was eaten.

Paul Rosolie holds the anaconda. Photo: Screen grab, The Discovery Channel, YouTube
Paul Rosolie holds the anaconda. Photo: Screen grab, The Discovery Channel, YouTube

Rosolie was wearing a special carbon fiber suit built for the tv spectacle, made specifically to protect his ribs from being crushed while the snake tried to suffocate him. Guess they forgot about the arms and legs. A special helmet also provided oxygen and two cameras to film Rosalie almost eaten alive.

In this spectacularly uneventful special, Paul Rosolie — a snake expert who apparently didn’t realize snakes can exert extreme pressure when coiled around prey — ventures into the Amazon in search of a giant green anaconda.

Viewers had to wait two hours, and just when the snake started to swallow his head and start to constrict, Rosalie said, “I had very labored breathing which was spiking my heart rate even more because that was stressful.”

“Guys, my face is down,” Rosolie tells people who are just a few feet away from his downed face. “I can’t feel my arms. She’s squeezing hard.”

Rosolie said he felt his arm “start to break” under the snake’s grip, so he ordered his team to come in and save him.

Unfortunately, Rosolie’s team wasn’t able to rescue him from the internet which immediately exploded with criticism.

If you watched Discovery’s Eaten Alive special Sunday, you might have been disappointed when Paul Rosolie was not, in fact, eaten alive by an anaconda.

The conservationist, wearing a special “snake-proof” suit covered in pig’s blood, got the snake to bite, but he called for help as its jaws began to crush his arms. Viewers were disappointed, to say the least, and on Monday’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Paul called in (via Skype) to address some of the backlash.

Now the US audience has taken to Twitter to express mock outrage after wildlife expert Paul Rosolie was forced to call off his controversial anaconda experiment halfway through.

Discovery Swallows Its Own Credibility: Why Viewers Are Angry With Eaten Alive Guy Video (Spoiler Alert) Discovery Swallows Its Own Credibility: Why Viewers Are Angry With Eaten Alive Guy Video (Spoiler Alert)

In response to the negative reactions on social media, Discovery released the following statement: “Paul created this challenge to get maximum attention for one of the most beautiful and threatened parts of the world, the Amazon Rainforest and its wildlife”.

“He went to great lengths to send this message and it was his absolute intention to be eaten alive. Ultimately, after the snake constricted Paul for over an hour and went for his head, the experiment had to be called when it became clear that Paul would be very seriously injured if he continued on”.

Discovery Swallows Its Own Credibility: Why Viewers Are Angry With Eaten Alive Guy Video (Spoiler Alert)

Discovery Swallows Its Own Credibility: Why Viewers Are Angry With Eaten Alive Guy Video (Spoiler Alert)

“The safety of Paul, as well as the anaconda, was always our number one priority.”

News source (s): Stuff, The Star