December 8, 2008 / 4:23 AM / 11 years ago

Adventurer Bear Grylls injured in Antarctica

Adventurer Bear Grylls smiles during an interview with Reuters in New York, April 23, 2008. REUTERS/Mike Segar

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Bear Grylls, host of Discovery Channel’s “Man vs. Wild,” was injured Friday night while on an expedition in Antarctica unrelated to his duties for the network.

The British adventurer fell and injured his shoulder while taking part in an expedition for Ethanol Ventures to promote the potential of alternative energies like bioethanol, Discovery said in a statement.

Grylls on Sunday was headed to the U.K. to get medical attention. The severity of the injury wasn’t immediately released.

“Bear has a strong religious faith and a loving family to help speed his recovery,” Discovery said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Bear as he makes the long trip back to the U.K.”

The Antarctica expedition was raising money for Global Angels, an international charity that champions the needs of children. Grylls has supported the charity for the past few years.

Grylls rose to international fame with “Man vs. Wild,” each episode of which finds him parachuting into a different uninhabited territory without a map or much else in the way of camping equipment. He then spends several days trying to find his way back to civilization.

In one notable episode, burning up in the heat of the Moab desert, he urinated on his own T-shirt, which he then wrapped around his head to cool his soaring body temperature. Another time, he hungrily bit the heads off maggots he found in a frozen animal carcass crushed by an avalanche, cheerfully explaining they were a good source of nutrition.

But last year, it was revealed that elements of the series were faked. On a few occasions, he checked into motels when he was depicted on TV as having slept under the stars. Discovery aired re-edited episodes, with disclaimers and new voiceovers.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

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