Awful Joe Rogan To Return To Hosting Awful Fear Factor Show

Great news for people who love bad news! Joe Rogan is returning to NBC as the host of Fear Factor! (Oh, sorry, SIDENOTE: NBC is bringing back Fear Factor!) Yuck! Boo! Joe Rogan is terrible, Fear Factor is terrible, this is all just terrible. From TVGuide (via The Onion AV Club):

Joe Rogan has officially signed on to return as the host of NBC’s Fear Factor revival. Rogan, who hosted the show’s original run from 2001 to 2006, will be on hand when production begins at the end of July.

“It doesn’t seem real,” Rogan tells TV Guide Magazine. “It seems like some sort of bizarro dream world. But I’m looking forward to it. The idea of sitting at home and watching someone else host it would have driven me crazy.”

It doesn’t seem real*. Hahhaa. What is he even talking about? It’s just a dream come true for all of us, I’m sure. A friend was pointing out to me this week that they think the reason television is actually so good these days (Justified, Game of Thrones, Friday Night Lights, Louie, everything on the BBC practically) is in direct response to the rising popularity of reality TV, like, because that stuff is so huge now, the scripted stuff that does make it to the air has to be (and often is) incredible. That’s a really interesting argument and I think there’s probably a fair amount of truth to it. (I also think I have heard it somewhere before?) But that doesn’t mean we have to dig the old reality shows out of their grave! We already learned our lesson with this one. Sam has Quantum Leaped into the next bus driver’s body and has to solve new problems now. COME ON, ZIGGY, GIVE US A BREAK!

*It seems worth pointing out that while I still totally disagree with Marc Maron’s position in the WTF interview he did with Joe Rogan, because I think it was pretty dishonest insofar as Joe Rogan is hardly responsible for the stupidization of popular culture, and I also think that Marc Maron would have enjoyed the hell out of a Fear Factor paycheck back in the day if he had been offered it, the quote here about going crazy watching someone else host it definitely damages his argument that it was just a job and if he didn’t do it somebody else would. He loves his job! GO EAT SOME BUGS, YOU BULLY!