As part of a shake-up at the Discovery Channel, the uber-popular and acclaimed reality series Mythbusters has lost three of its core investigators. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Kari Byron, Tony Belleci and Grant Imahara have exited the Emmy-nominated show after spending over a decade blowing things up, destroying their crash-test-dummy Buster, and tearing down urban myths. The trio’s exit was announced at the end of Thursday’s episode and followed up by individual messages from Byron, Imahara, and Belleci on Twitter:
Belleci: “It’s been an amazing ride for 10 years! We couldn’t have done it without you guys. You’re the best fans anyone could wish for. Thank you.”
Byron: “After a decade of the Mythbusters, we are no longer with the show. 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. I am sad for an ending but there will be exciting new adventures for us.”
Imahara: “Thanks @Mythbusters for allowing us to teach science in a whole new way. Also, explosions. Now, on to the next adventure!”
As sad as this news is for fans of the series, it’s good to hear that the trio appear to be in good spirits about the change. The series will now “return to its origins,” with co-hosts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman overseeing the experiments. Discovery did not elaborate about the new direction of the show, but the network released the following statement about the exit:
“Kari, Tory and Grant have been an incredibly important part of MythBusters for over a decade. From explosions to car crashes to even more explosions, this trio has helped shape MythBusters into the Emmy-nominated series it is today. Everyone at Discovery wants to thank them for their tireless work busting almost 1,000 myths, and we wish them all the best on their future endeavors.”
Tell us, Mythbusters fans, are you sad to see the show’s three investigators leave? Or do you think the series could use some redirection after all these years? Sound off in the comments below.