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NBC Sports Cancels Under Wild Skies

By Allison Moore

Washington, D.C. (October 1, 2013) - The NBC Sports Network has cancelled Under Wild Skies after the host shot a bull elephant in the face and then compared his critics to Hitler, writes the Huffington Post.

Yes, this is not the normal cancellation story which details a show's declining ratings. The safari hunting show got the ax after a week of controversial incidents that arguably were unprecedented in television.

First, Tony Makris, the host and a NRA lobbyist, was seen in last week's episode killing the bull elephant with great glee. Then, defending his actions, he said Hitler would have responded the same way as his critics.

Finally, he said people who had trouble with the killing of the elephant were practicing "animal racism" because they wouldn't have an issue killing other animals, such as ducks or rabbits.

For the NBC Sports Network, this was too much to handle and the network issued a statement effectively telling Makris to shoot his elephants somewhere else in the future.

"Under Wild Skies will no longer air on NBC Sports Network due to the program's close association with its host, whose recent comments comparing his critics to Hitler are outrageous and unacceptable," the statement said.

NBC Sports Network last week also cancelled
the Michelle Beadle-hosted The Crossover.

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