Hoo boy, prepare yourself. This one is a doozy.
So, those of you keeping your pulse on Bigfoot hunting reality entertainment should be aware that Spike has their own spin on the genre coming out this fall by the name of the Ten Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty. In their answer to Finding Bigfoot, Sasquatch hunting teams from all over the county will be competing for the best, most definitive proof of the elusive beast in order to win the titular ten million bucks. Other than that, the specifics of the series have since been shrouded in secrecy and non-disclosure agreements.
Well, as we reported in February of last year, our good friend and the subject of our first documentary film The Bigfoot Hunter: Still Searching, Timothy Holmes, was set to appear on the program after giving the producers a rousing personal audition involving a ghillie suit, shotguns, and lots of insane ranting. All was going well.. until about 4AM this morning when Tim found out that he was unceremoniously canned from the show before it even started filming.
Being a mature adult and upstanding citizen with a reputation for his grace in concession, Tim did the honorable thing: he went straight to YouTube to blast everyone from Spike to Matt Moneymaker in a crazy rant broadcast from the “Bigfoot Bunker” (the trailer in his back yard). In the video, which makes Tim look like Elmer Fudd channeling Osama Bin Laden, he rants and raves about how the show will “fucking suck”, calls the chosen contestants “fucking idiots”, and accuses the producers of already faking evidence of Bigfoot:
“I’m pretty sure they’re going to edit some fake stuff in there.. [..] Now, I just want to apologize to all my friends on here, I want to apologize to everybody for letting these people, Spike TV and this talent agency (for) coming down here and making me look like a jackass in front of all of you. I am a real Bigfoot hunter and I am searching for Bigfoot and I don’t need no fucking reality show to come down here and disrespect me and everybody down here who is searching for Bigfoot. I will find Bigfoot in the end and I don’t need ten million damn dollars to do it. If I find Bigfoot, I’m not gonna kill it…[..] I’m not gonna take a shotgun and shoot in in the head like Spike wants to do for this reality show. It’s bullshit, man, and this whole reality show is bullshit.”
Yikes. While much of this might read as sour grapes, one interesting note is the news that the winning team must actually kill a Sasquatch to collect their ten million. This news comes just days after Melba Ketchum, who claims to have evidence that Bigfoot is not only real but has human DNA, urged fans to sign a new Whitehouse petition to protect the Bigfoot. I’m going to go out on a limb and say that 2013 is going to a contentious year within the cryptozoology community. Mark my words.
Now, go ahead and view Tim Holmes’ meltdown below. You won’t regret it.