A Fear Factor episode featuring contestants drinking donkey semen has been pulled from the menu at NBC after network executives determine it "wasn't an episode they thought they should air."
Fear Factor fans tuning in for the weekly reality show will be disappointed to find NBC plans to rebroadcast an early episode of the show Monday night, after TMZ broke the news last week that the contestants would be required to drink large glasses of donkey semen and urine.
According to TMZ, teams of twins, would be chugging the frothy donkey semen followed by a glass of urine, "for good measure." Contestants would have to down both glasses to move on to the final round.
Contestants on the hit show compete for a $50,000 prize in three separate rounds, one of which consists of pushing the 'gross factor,' in the minds of viewers and challengers.
This season that has included eating scorpions and maggots, immersing their entire body in a tank full of blood in search of cow hearts, and retrieving snakes from an open container with only their mouths. Contestants on past season's of Fear Factor have been challenged to eat worms, bugs, animal penises, buffalo testicles and rotten eggs.
Entertainment Weekly reported that "Fear Factor typically makes their case to network censors, in getting a gross food item on the show, by saying it's a delicacy in some part of world. Horse semen is consumed in both Australia and New Zealand," says EW.
After a review of the controversial segment by NBC’s entertainment president Robert Greenblatt it was decided the episode would not be seen by Fear Factor fanatics. Greenblalt said, “I reviewed the episode late last week and decided it wasn’t a segment we should air.”
Matt Kunitz, an executive producer of “Fear Factor,” refused to comment on the episode being pulled from tonight's television lineup.
Fear Factor premiered in the summer of 2001 on NBC. It was cancelled in 2006, returning to the network in 2012.