Lundin announced on his Facebook that he was fired from the show in March, citing "differences over safety and health concerns on the show," but the reality show must go on.Dual Survival co-host Cody Lundin has traversed his last tundra for Discovery Channel — the fan-favorite survival expert's final episode of the show aired this week. The show's fans have had very mixed reactions to the news ever since
Yahoo TV has the exclusive first look at what Dual Survival will look like now without Lundin. Meet Matt Graham, Lundin's replacement who was briefly introduced in Wednesday's episode. Graham lives solo in the wilds of Utah for six months out of every year, is a world-class spear thrower, a skilled long bow hunter, and endurance athlete who has studied Judo, Tae Kwan Do, Wushu Kung fu, and Jeet Kune Do.
If he looks familiar it's because he was featured in the documentary Living Wild, appeared on Discovery’s Dude, You’re Screwed, and has also consulted for Survivorman's Les Stroud and The Amazing Race. So basically he's incredibly qualified and co-host Joseph Teti will be in good hands.
Here's our exclusive first look at Matt Graham in action on next week's Dual Survival:
But what did he think about taking over after such a controversial departure? And what will he bring to the show? Here's what Graham told Yahoo TV about his new gig:
When you were approached about stepping in so suddenly, what was your first thought? This is not your first reality TV rodeo...
I was immediately excited because I've always thought that Dual Survival presents a great format for wilderness education, fun, challenge, and adventure. My passion for the land is absolute. I liked the idea of getting my feet dirty and being able to add my own creative energy to each episode, and to give the audience a connection to some of the Earth's most amazing places.
Was it harder coming into a show like this that's so focused on two survivalists? Especially midseason?
It's not necessarily harder, but it is different than my other show, Dude, You're Screwed, where there are now four of us. Every survivalist comes from a unique background and brings his own point of view. Because I have spent almost as much time alone in the wild as I have with people, I have a different perspective from most. My strengths lie in primitive skills and being able to live off of the land and cover vast distances of terrain very quickly. I have fed myself for long periods of time using my plant knowledge, along with hunting for food with the atlatl, bow and arrow, and primitive traps. The wilderness taught me a great deal, and I'm hoping to bring some of those lessons to the show, while keeping it fun and entertaining.
When you heard Cody was leaving, did it give you pause at all thinking maybe things were too extreme, even for you?
After filming a season of Dude, You're Screwed, I was familiar with the physical, emotional, and mental demands of an intense survival show. But I'm always up for a new challenge with a group of people who are willing to put their hearts into it.
Dual Survival airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on Discovery Channel.
Watch Matt's introduction here: