Here's something we wish was just a myth. Kari Byron, Tory Belleci and Grant Imahara of the hit Discovery Channel series “MythBusters” will not be returning for a 2015 season. Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman made the heartbreaking announcement at the end of their episode on Thursday, Aug. 21, to confirm that the trio is leaving the science entertainment program.
Viewers of the long-running series then looked to their fan favorites for an explanation: Did they leave “MythBusters” on their own terms? Was this a money issue? Did Discovery Channel force them out?
That’s when the cast took to Twitter to put an end to the mystery:
“It’s been an amazing ride for 10 years! We couldn’t have done it without you guys,” Belleci spoke of his decade solving mysteries on the Discovery program. “You’re the best fans anyone could wish for. Thank you.”
While Belleci thanked the viewers, Imahara expressed gratitude to Discovery.
“Thanks @MythBusters for allowing us to teach science in a whole new way. Also, explosions. Now, on to the next adventure," he wrote.
Byron’s reaction, though, left viewers scratching their heads.
"I guess you guys are finding out the news right about now. After a decade of the MythBusters, we are no longer with the show," she said in a slew of tweets. "Thank you to all the fans who have supported us. The show is taking a new direction. It was an amazing run. I learned so much about myself and the world. I love you all @MythBusters. I am sad for an ending, but there will be exciting new adventures for us."
A new direction, huh? How could a show focused on using scientific methods to test the validity of rumors and myths find a fresh approach?
Fans have theorized that “MythBusters” is following in the footsteps of another successful reality series, “Dancing With the Stars,” which ABC revamped in 2014 by firing Brooke Burke-Charvet weeks before the Season 18 premiere and replacing her with journalist Erin Andrews.
But this isn't the first time the cast members of "MythBusters" have found themselves steeped in drama. Rumors previously swirled that they hate each other, but Hyneman addressed them during an interview with Access Hollywood in March, saying that the "MythBusters" team finds themselves more often than not stepping on one another's toes.
“We get on each other’s nerves and everything all the time, but whenever that happens, we say so and we deal with it and move on,” he revealed. “There are times that we really dislike dealing with each other, but we make it work.”
How did you react to the news of Byron, Belleci and Imahara’s departure from “MythBusters”? How do you think Discovery will revamp the show? And who do you think would make a good replacement for the beloved fan favorites? Sound off in the comments section below.