Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, the original duo behind the Mythbusters announced at the end of the show’s season finale last night that fellow busters of myth Kari Byron, Grant Imahara and Tory Belleci will no longer be with the show. The trio leaves the show after a decade of building and blowing up experiments.
The move was announced in a touching post-show clip wherein Jamie and Adam informed viewers that they are going back to their origins with just the two of them and thanked Kari, Grant and Tory for their years of work. As Adam stated, “We’d like to take a brief moment to thank you guys for the incredible work over the last 10 years, you’ve given literally blood, sweat, and tears in the name of science.”
All three of the now ex-Mythbusters quickly took to twitter to show their gratitude to their fans and the show itself that they have helped shape for 10 out of it’s 11 years on the air.
So much love & support. Thank you all. If it wasn’t for you guys @MythBusters wouldn’t have been possible.
— Tory Belleci (@ToryBelleci) August 22, 2014
After a decade of the Mythbusters, we are no longer with the show. Thank you to all the fans who have supported us.
— Kari Byron (@KariByron) August 22, 2014
The group should have no trouble finding new work post Mythbusters if they wish. In fact, Kari and Tory already host other shows. Kari is the lead for The Science Channel’s Head Rush and Large and Dangerous Rocket Ships (LDRS), while Tory is an occasional host of shows on TheTestTubeNetwork (also a property of Discovery) on YouTube. Grant Imahara, on the other hand, is a leading expert in the world of electronics, radio control and anything robotic. He should have no problem finding a place to fit in on the internet. There’s also no reason to rule out the possibilty that three of them could do their own collaborative YouTube channel or other form of entertainment. In an age where potato salad can raise $40,000, a trio of highly intelligent, fun people with a rabid fanbase should easily be able to crowdfund something if they really wanted.
During Comic-Con back in July, before anyone even knew the team was to be split, the Mythbusters showed off a small segment from their upcoming season. In it, Adam is shown putting together an Indiana Jones-style bullwhip for myths surrounding the adventuring film hero. Of course it’s impossible to tell their full intentions for the trio-less show from a five minute clip, but there was definitely a slower and calmer tone to the build than in previous seasons. A lot more detail was clearly put into following Adam as he built the whip, something the show likely would have mostly glossed over in years past.
While Kari, Grant and Tory were fan favorites (and understandably so), I don’t think it’s much of a stretch to call most their segments “fluff pieces.” A lot of what the group did was create random experiments with big explosions that were merely off-shoots of the main myths being busted by Jamie and Adam and used to make flashier commercials and promos. As someone who hasn’t watched the show in a few years, the idea of it going back to it’s two-person roots filled with more explanation and more time spent in the building phases of projects is enough to make me give it another go.
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