Joe Rogan has officially signed on to return as the host of NBC’s Fear Factor revival. Rogan, who hosted the show’s original run from 2001 to 2006, will be on hand when production begins at the end of July.
“It doesn’t seem real,” Rogan tells TV Guide Magazine. “It seems like some sort of bizarro dream world. But I’m looking forward to it. The idea of sitting at home and watching someone else host it would have driven me crazy.”
NBC has ordered eight episodes of the reborn Fear Factor, which producers say could be ready to air as soon as September. Fear Factor executive producer Matt Kunitz says he always planned to bring Rogan back. “We wouldn’t want to do this show without Joe,” Kunitz says. “This makes me 100 percent relieved. Part of the nostalgia of the show coming back is Joe Rogan. Joe is a guy’s guy, but women like him as well.”