'Fear Factor': Joe Rogan Officially Returning as Host

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STUDIO CITY, CA - JUNE 09:  Comedian Joe Rogan performs onstage during Spike TV's First Annual "Guys Choice" taped at Radford Studios on June 9, 2007 in Studio City, California.  Spike TV's "Guys Choice" premieres June 13, 2007 at 10:00pm ET/PT.

Joe Rogan is coming back to NBC’s rebooted Fear Factor.

The Hollywood Reporter  has confirmed that the reality-competition series host will return when the rebooted Fear Factor returns to NBC for its eight-episode run, as first reported by TV Guide.

No host was announced when NBC and Endemol USA first unveiled Fear Factor’s return this month.

However, in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Fear Factor executive producer Matt Kunitznoted that there was a “good chance” that Rogan would be among those returning to the series along with stunt coordinator Pat Romano and director Rupert Thompson.

Kunitz told THR that the series would focus on the family and embrace technology in a way that the earlier incarnation was unable to.

Fear Factor originally bowed on the network in summer 2001 and ran for six cycles with host Rogan. The series was pulled during its revamped sixth season in 2006 when it struggled in head-to-head competition with Fox’s American Idol. During its NBC run from summer 2001 to 2006, Fear Factor averaged 11.5 million viewers and a 5.0 rating in the adults 18-49 demo.

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