Joe Rogan returning as "Fear Factor" host

Wed Jun 29, 2011 4:51pm EDT

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LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Joe Rogan is coming back to NBC's rebooted "Fear Factor," which could return to the air in the fall after a five-year hiatus.

Rogan's rehiring was first reported by TV Guide. Eight episodes of the stunt show will be shot, with two of them being two-hour specials.

"Fear Factor" executive producer Matt Kunitz has said the reboot will embrace technology in a way that the earlier incarnation was unable to.

"Fear Factor" premiered on the network in summer 2001 and ran for six cycles with Rogan overseeing a grim procession of gross-out contests. The series was pulled during its revamped sixth season in 2006 when it struggled in head-to-head competition with Fox's "American Idol." During its NBC run, "Fear Factor" averaged 11.5 million viewers.

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