He’s survived two elections, but as his term at the White House counts down, President Barack Obama will get a few pointers on how to survive the wilderness. Obama will film an episode of NBC’s “Running Wild with Bear Grylls” in Alaska, the network announced Monday.
Obama left Washington Monday for a three-day trip to Alaska. The trip was already historic in that no other U.S. president ever had spent that much time on the ground in Alaska, Mashable reported. Now, Obama will also be the first president ever to appear on the television show and receive lessons from Bear Grylls, a British adventurer who previously worked on the Discovery Channel show “Man vs. Wild” before NBC picked up “Running Wild” in July 2014.
“President Obama will meet with Grylls while visiting Alaska to observe the effects of climate change in the area. The two will then come together in the Alaskan Wilderness,” the network wrote in a statement.
Grylls, 41, has had several high-profile guests on his shows in the past, such as celebrities Zac Efron, Channing Tatum and Tamron Hall during the first season of “Running Wild.” On Monday, an episode with basketball star Michael Jordan will premiere. For the 14-episode second season, which premiered in July 2015, celebrities Kate Hudson and Jesse Tyler Ferguson have already joined.
U.S. viewership has fluctuated from 3 million to 4 million viewers in the United States, according to Nielsen data.
Obama’s episode is scheduled to air later this year, NBC said. The show, as described by NBC, boasts adventures with Grylls that test guests “survival skills and push them to their mental and physical limits.” Twitter users have offered some suggestions for what Grylls could test Obama on:
Let’s hope Bear Grylls teaches Obama how to give himself a hydration enema. That would be must-see wilderness survival reality TV.
— Adam Feuerstein (@adamfeuerstein) August 31, 2015
— Brian Ries (@moneyries) August 31, 2015
While in Alaska Obama will visit the capital Anchorage as well as Seward, Dillingham and Kotzebue. The trip was planned as part of Obama’s climate change initiatives. On Sunday, the Obama administration announced that North America’s tallest mountain Mount McKinley will be renamed Denali as tribute to Athabascan history.