Attenborough Steps in Over Bear Grylls's Blood Lust

By Gary Cutlack on at

David Attenborough, the naturally selected king of all humans, has criticised his fellow TV presented Bear Grylls, claiming that Grylls and his team routinely slaughter animals simply because it makes good TV.

He's talking about Grylls vehicle The Island, where people pretend they're having to survive on islands as if they're 18th century adventurers stranded by shipwreck, rather than attention-seeking Daily Mail sidebar wannabes.

Attenborough came out with the bonkers statement that "We've never killed an animal" in the making of his seven decades or so of nature television, adding that "Bear Grylls will have to answer for himself." Which, oddly for such a keen observer of nature, suggests Attenborough is expecting us all to face a heated showdown with God when, or if, his time on earth comes to an end.

"I wouldn't willingly kill an animal just to get a shot," Attenborough added, accusing Grylls and his team of offing endless pigs and chickens until they get a blood spurt photogenic enough to please the discerning viewer of Channel 4's survivalist pretence. [Standard]