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7 Of The Craziest Things Bear Grylls Has Made Celebrities Eat

I’ll be frank with you guys: It’s almost impossible for me to watch Bear Grylls shows. The grotesque “foods,” like raw yak’s eyeballs and dung, that he puts in his body make me wanna upchuck just watching him eat them. That’s all in a day’s work for Grylls, but getting his celebrity guests on Running Wild to do the same thing is a whole other story.

The stars that have dined with Grylls have been treated to some pretty outlandish eats, at least by our standards. Below are just some of the more insane ones that they were somehow able to get through without puking all over the place. I know that that would’ve been my reaction to having to eat any of the “foods” below.

Drew Brees – Crocodile

When you’ve got an NFL quarterback on the trek with you, make the most of him. Grylls certainly did that, getting Drew Brees to tackle a crocodile from behind so they could catch and kill it in a single shot. At least gator’s kinda popular in New Orleans, so maybe Brees had some prior experience of eating the reptile?

Vanessa Hudgens – Maggots and Rattlesnake

Admittedly, Bear Grylls makes for a much better counterpart to Vanessa Hudgens than Zac Efron. At least the two of them can get through eating “live maggots,” slitting rattlesnakes’ throats, and eating it nearly straight afterward. I don’t know if teenage Zac would’ve had his head in the game enough to accomplish any of that.

Channing Tatum – Rattlesnake and Scorpion

Tatum showed off his intestinal fortitude by helping Grylls gut a rattlesnake in one smooth stroke. That didn’t put him off at all, but the writhing pieces of chopped-up snake left afterward definitely had him feeling some type of way.

Sterling K. Brown – Raccoon

Raccoon is one of the more common animals you might find in the wilderness, so sure, it would make sense for Sterling K. Brown and Bear Grylls to dine on one. Apparently, Brown is not a fan of these creatures, though, so the thought of digging one up from a frozen grave left him as wide-mouthed as he probably was watching that slow cooker scene from This Is Us for the first time.

Barack Obama – Half-Eaten Salmon

A far cry from the presidential meals he was probably used to, former Presiden Barack Obama was instead treated to a feast of half-eaten salmon by Bear Grylls. Fortunately, the previous owner of that carcass, a bear, had just eaten all the fatty bits. That meant that Obama and Grylls could keep their protein game on point to power them through their journey.

Courteney Cox – Maggots From A Sheep’s Testicle

When Courteney Cox and Bear Grylls pulled a sheep’s carcass out of the river, you’d probably figure that some mutton would be on the menu that night. If you consider using the sheep’s testicles as a sack to cook the maggots feasting on it in, then sure, that was the case. I bet that Rachel’s trifle looked like a delicacy to Cox at that point.

Michelle Rodriguez – Mouse and Urine Soup

You know the food is awful when even Bear Grylls struggles to get it down. Making this piss-and-mouse soup for Michelle Rodriguez elicited that reaction, so how she even managed to stomach a bite of mouse shows just how Tonka tough she’s built.

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Bear Grylls And Courteney Cox Eat Maggots From A Boiled Sheep’s Testicle

In his new NBC series, Running Wild, Bear Grylls gets to go on exciting new adventures, just like he did on Man Vs. Wild, only this time he’s bringing along well-known celebrities on long journeys that demand extreme physical endurance and mental focus to overcome one’s greatest fears. It’s almost comical to see how insanely frightened celebrities become when they lose control of their comfort zone — especially when it comes to their diets — out in the wilderness.

In a recent episode of Running Wild, Bear brings Courteney Cox into the Irish Highlands and she loses it real quick. Things are going semi-smoothly, up until Bear discovers a dead sheep that drowned in a shallow bog. Bear explains that bogs are dangerous due to real-life quicksand beneath the surface, making it difficult for animals to escape.

They drag the rotting sheep out of the bog and Bear decides to gut it, revealing a large maggot infestation. However, it’s when Bear decides to show Courtney that maggots are edible and carry more protein than beef, that Courteney begins to flip.


“Pound for pound maggots have more protein than beef, so when I see maggots, even though it stinks, there’s a little part of me that gets quite excited.” — Bear Grylls

After gutting the sheep, Bear asks Courteney to cut off the sheep’s testicle sack so he can carry the maggots inside — like a pouch.


After building a makeshift shelter, Bear boils the the maggot filled sack. Although Courtney wasn’t thrilled about eating a maggot, she promised Bear she would and eventually threw one back and washed it down with water.


After realizing how agonizing this challenge was, Courteney’s normally cheerful personality, seemed to shutdown as she went into full-survival mode. At one point, suggesting she’d rather eat a, “ball sack full of maggots,” before continuing on the journey.

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However, both Bear and Courteney survived this Running Wild challenge. In the end, although it was an excruciating journey, Courteney seemed to appreciate how she was able to accomplish something she didn’t believe she could do.