Fans of “Dual Survival” are going to notice a shakeup on the premiere of Season 7 Wednesday: Joe Teti is no longer on the show. The military veteran was reportedly fired after he harmed a dog during the final episode of Season 6, TMZ reported in May 2015.
Sources didn’t tell a conclusive story, but one thing was certain: Teti reportedly hurt a dog to save a cat. While some people say he killed the animal, others said he injured it.
The incident with the dog apparently wasn’t the first time Discovery had an issue with Teti, though it's not clear what happened before. "These survivalists all have a screw loose,” an insider told TMZ.
Teti was apparently banned from the network’s offices after the incident, Radar Online wrote in an exclusive report in September 2015. A security memo was sent out to keep him away from the company’s premises. It reportedly read: “Information: Joe Teti is a Discovery talent, starring in the reality show 'Dual Survivor.' The network is currently evaluating the series and has requested that Teti not be admitted to any Discovery office during this evaluation. If seen: Do not grant access. Call security and the office manager immediately.”
Teti has been accused of embellishing and perpetuating falsehoods about his military career. “He’s an embarrassment to the Regiment,” retired Army Sgt. Maj. George Davenport told the Army Times in October 2014. "Teti was renounced by the Special Forces Association after nearly two dozen Special Forces soldiers accused him of misconduct. “He is no longer a member and cannot rejoin,” retired Army Col. Jack Tobin told the publication.
In May 2015, it was reported the show was canceled, but Discovery picked up this show again. This time, however, Teti, and even Matt Graham, were axed from the show. They brought in replacements Bill McConnell, a primitive survivalist, and Grady Powell.
As Ashley’s Reality Roundup noted, Discovery Channel responded to the change by saying they wanted a different perspective. “Grady and Bill honed their skills in distinct environments. Two contrasting philosophies, two approaches to survival,” the network wrote on Facebook last week.
Teti did not comment about the new “Dual Survival” hosts on his official Facebook page. In fact, he still has “Dual Survival” next to his name, even though he is no longer working for Discovery. His current bio reads: “Co-star of Discovery's show ‘Dual Survival’” and “Veteran of both military and government special operations units.” It seems he has some updating to do.
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