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When NBC greenlighted a reboot of Fear Factor with original host Joe Rogan (the show had been off the air since 2006), Kunitz admits revisiting the series was bizarre.
“When we came back, it was like we had been in a coma, woke up and went back to work,” he says. After a busy 12-year relationship with Endemol, he is embarking on a new, lucrative two-year deal with FremantleMedia that will include developing what he calls “gigantic action-adventure shows.”
The L.A.-based New York native, 43, who began his career answering phones at Bunim/Murray Productions, is waiting for the day “a shiny-floor game show” in an air-conditioned studio comes his way. While recently standing in 100-degree weather on Wipeout’s San Fernando Valley set, he wondered aloud, “Why couldn’t I have done Deal or No Deal?”