MTV Revives ‘Fear Factor’ With Rapper/Actor Ludacris as Host
If you’ve missed seeing contestants dangle from dizzying heights, or watching buffed dudes be reduced to tears after drinking insect-filled smoothies, then good news: Fear Factor is back.
MTV announced Wednesday it is taking a fresh look at the gross-out reality show that gained popularity in the early 2000s and ran for seven seasons on NBC. The new version of the show will be hosted by rapper and actor Ludacris (The Fate of the Furious). Ludacris will also serve as executive producer.
“I am excited to kick off my partnership with MTV, starting with the relaunch of Fear Factor which will be even more insane and ludicrous than what you remember,” said Ludacris. “This will be the first of many great projects together!”
The 12, one-hour episodes will feature stunts inspired by urban legends, popular scary movies and viral videos. In each episode, contestants will pair up into four teams battling it out for $50,000 and Fear Factor bragging rights.
“MTV is about celebrating youth culture, and with the reinvented ‘Fear Factor,’ we are putting the power in our audience’s hands to face and overcome their biggest fears,” said Chris McCarthy, President, MTV, VH1 and Logo. “We are thrilled to partner with Ludacris, one of the biggest global stars who has a rich history with MTV, to energize this franchise for a whole new generation.”
Fear Factor, Series Premiere, Tuesday, May 30, 10/9c, MTV