“There is no real ending. It’s just the place where you stop the story.”

― Frank Herbert

Friday, April 11, 2014

Cody Lundin's facebook post concerning leaving Dual Survival, and the Discovery Channel Statement.

Dear Campers,
Unfortunately, I have been fired by Discovery Channel for differences over safety and health concerns on the show and will no longer be a part of Dual Survival.
Although I’ll miss elements of the show, what I’ll miss the most are my fans and the opportunity to teach - on a global level – life saving skills, indigenous culture, and values of integrity and respect toward our natural world.
I have received numerous letters from viewers. Many are from kids, or their parents or grandparents, describing in detail how the show has changed their lives. It has brought families together, inspired kids to go outdoors, and motivated moms and dads around the world to take that family camping trip, many for the first time. If I can use a TV show to encourage people to turn off TV and turn on nature, I have done my job.
Thank you all very much for your support over the years. Be safe and prepared, and maybe I’ll train with you in the woods some day!
Stay classy,
Cody Lundin




"We are always striving to get a lot of different takes on survival on our air and we felt it was time for change. We had a good run with Cody and wish him well. -Discovery Channel"


17 comments:

  1. There goes the show. He made it worth watching IMHO.

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    1. I agree. I don't know if they will really try to keep producing the show. The only person I can think of with similar stature is Mikil Hawke.

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  2. Me too. He's a unique individual and a survivalist of uncompromising integrity.

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  3. Guess it wasn't edgy enough for them. Well, that's ok. I guess Discovery Channel is happier with that Bigfoot show.

    Remember when Discovery and National Geographic, and all the other channels were actually worth watching? When there was some actual educational content?

    Gotta cater to the customers though. All comes down to money.

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    1. Greg, that's true. History Channel and Discovery Channel used to put out some class acts, but now it's pretty tacky and worthless shows. Vikings was good, but there's too much "Swamp Gator Killing Redneck Southern Trashy Hillbillies" kind of stuff on. I don't know what there is about Southerners that we have to be portrayed that way, but that's how things go these days.

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    2. yes, very sad.

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  4. Harry,

    I loved watching his show, and will continue to follow him through Face Book.

    When you look the entire picture with Discovery, it seems they prefer to film off the wall stuff for ratings instead of educational materials.

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    1. There is a story going around on the internet, which I can hardly credit, that says this all blew up because the producers wanted him to "survive" in a McDonalds for four days. On the one hand, it sounds like a hoax. On the other, it's just the kind of stupid thing that Discovery Channel would dote on, after all they are the one's who have people running around naked on their new "survival show." I'm sure Lundin would have drawn the line at the McDonald's thing, but as I say, it's so bizarre it's probably not true.

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  5. Here is a link to a post in Dirttime forum which has more information on Cody Lundin's leaving the show. It does say that Cody is in four (4) episodes of the show, then was replaced by another person.

    http://www.dirttimeforum.com/index.php?topic=6487.msg68957#msg68957

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    1. That's bad news. I hope the new person is at least believable.

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  6. Discovery wants great shows but continue to manage to make them crap by getting rid of their beat people.

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    1. Lundin made the show. He actually knew what he was talking about. I'd have been glad to see a Les Stroud type show where he did the thing on his own. He's made a couple of shows like that for Discovery Channel, one off things that centered around his desert survival school, and they were very good.

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  7. lundin hope you come back soon.we love the show stay classy.

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  8. Cody personally I really hope that you will be picked up by another network for your own survival show. Maybe have different survivalist appear on each of the shows with you. Never really cared to watch Joe anyway. He comes off as a S.A. to me. Macho man full of himself. So Laughable at times and I don't mean that as a compliment. Your last episode was my last episode as well. Love you and your attitude about life and survival. I wish you the best In all you pursue. Bless you.

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  9. Don't know what you're smoking but Myke Hawke (say it out loud a few times - it is not his actual name, he chose it - gives you a good look into his mindset) is not even in the same class as Cody. Joe and Myke come from the same 'school': 'complete the mission, even if it kills us cuz we are big bad warriors" and that's not what survival is about. Personally, I enjoyed the banter between Dave and Cody because, as a previous commenter stated, 'it was based in respect if disagreement'. Joe always acted as if he had something to prove and took any suggestions from Cody as a personal affront if they differed from his. I'm old enough to remember when the History Channel actually showed programs on History and the Discovery Channel showed credible shows that actually portrayed useful, educational information. Now most of the programs are aimed at a 12 year old mind - regardless of the chronological age of the individual whose brain cavity it is actually stored in. If you have spent ANYTIME in the outdoors you can tell that much, if not all, of what is depicted is all set up, staged. For those of you who doubt this, how do you explain the camera shots that could only be obtained if a camera man was positioned just right prior to anything taking place? With Cody gone the only credible survivalist left on the tube is Les Stroud - and we don't see nearly enough of him. Stay sassy and classy... lead, don't follow.

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