MTV's Fear Factor Revival to Replace Worms With... Ruined Cell Phones?

Seriously, are we being Punk’d?

MTV on Wednesday announced that it has ordered new episodes of the competition series Fear Factor, to be hosted by rapper and Fate of the Furious star Ludacris — and throw out the gross-out.

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Per The Hollywood Reporter, the 12-episode revival (premiering Tuesday, May 30 at 10/9c) will put a new spin on the former NBC reality juggernaut, this time forgoing any skin-crawling, bug-eating challenges in favor of triggering Generation Z by “tapping into visceral fears of today’s anxious youth — such as couch surfing at 300 feet and waterlogging personal cell phones.” (Yes, really.)

Each episode will feature eight contestants split amongst four two-person teams, all competing for a cash prize.

NBC’s Fear Factor, based on a popular Dutch format, initially ran from 2001-2006 with host Joe Rogan. It briefly returned for a series of specials in 2011.

Will you tune in for MTV’s new take on Fear Factor?

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  1. Mark says:

    If it’s still for $50,000, there’s no question that you could dunk my smartphone in water. What kind of challenge is that?

  2. Rachel says:

    As a millennial, or Generation Y, I had no idea that the television industry would find ways to be even MORE condescending to Generation Z.

  3. Chris says:

    The only problem I had with the “gross out” stuff (like eating dolphin testicles or whatever) was that it wasn’t really something to be afraid of, it was just…well, gross. They should have a rotating thing of typical fears most people have. Doing some actual specific challenges that have people also having to deal with heights, clowns, planes, bees (which would be my deal breaker). The stuff that they had with people being stuck in cages with spiders is what they should stick to. But “Oh my god! Snapchat is down!!! AHHHH!” Uh, no.

    • Daya says:

      Being stuck at the very top of a coaster with a spider-bee hybrid trying to put in contacts would be my worst fear.

      (That’s acrophobia, arachnophobia, cnidophobia and ommetophobia, for those of you keeping count. xD )

    • mrmcgee says:

      I always thought the same thing about the old show. Sure, having to be buried with worms fits the bill, but eating cow rectum is just gross.

      Sure fears of public speaking or enclosed spaces don’t make for riveting TV…if this is really for Gen Z are all the teams getting participation trophies?

  4. AnnieM says:

    This sounds more like an idea for a so-so SNL sketch.

  5. AngelWasHere says:

    It’s no fun without gross eating challenges and this just sounds stupid.

  6. JScout says:

    People who watch this crap voted for Trump. A crap president.