Unscripted

Contestant dies after completing obstacle course for “Wipeout” reboot

A contestant on the upcoming TBS unscripted competition series Wipeout died on Wednesday (November 18) after completing the series’ obstacle course. Sources close to the production confirmed to Realscreen that ...
November 20, 2020

A contestant on the upcoming TBS unscripted competition series Wipeout died on Wednesday (November 18) after completing the series’ obstacle course.

Sources close to the production confirmed to Realscreen that the male contestant completed the obstacle course but then required medical attention after leaving the course. He was attended to on site by the production’s safety team, which includes paramedics, medics, safety producers and a paramedic coordinator, and was then transferred to a local hospital, where he died.

No other information concerning the contestant has been officially disclosed. All contestants undergo medical screening exams before being cleared to participate in the program.

The series, which first aired on ABC for seven seasons from 2008-2014 prior to the TBS reboot, is produced by Endemol Shine North America (ESNA), which provided a statement regarding the incident: “We offer our heartfelt condolences to the family and our thoughts are with them at this time.”

A TBS spokesperson, meanwhile, offered the following statement: “We are devastated to have learned of his passing and our deepest sympathy goes out to the family.”

The TBS reboot, which was revealed in April and slated for a 20-episode run, is now taking a production break for Thanksgiving, but will resume production following the holiday.

The physical competition format (pictured) is one of the more popular formats in the genre with adaptations in more than 30 territories – including Argentina, Australia and the UK – and a number of spin-offs and specials.

The news was first reported by TMZ.

(Photo: promotional image for TBS’ Wipeout)

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