'Eaten Alive' special deemed giant let down

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'Eaten Alive' Special Deemed Giant Let Down


Paul Rosolie's daredevil debut didn't go so well.

The researcher and naturalist covered himself in pig's blood and donned a special suit to get swallowed alive by an anaconda and get it all on camera.

But when Discovery aired the Eaten Alive special, viewers found the stunt...hard to swallow. After a nearly two-hour build-up, Rosolie settled on a smaller snake than planned. But we could cut him slack on that...I mean an anaconda is an anaconda. Then the 250-pound snake squeezed him, got its jaws around the top of his head before Rosolie called it quits, and his assistants rescued him.

Rosolie explained, "I started to feel the blood drain out of my hand and I felt the bone flex. And when I got to the point where I felt like it was going to snap I had to tap out," he said.

Within minutes, he was mocked all-over Twitter.

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#EatenAlive is some of the dumbest stuff I've ever seen and I've seen Home Alone 3 AND 4
Dear @Discovery Channel, you should have called #EatenAlive "Hugged Alive".
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Remember, no matter how you do on your finals, you'll never be as dumb as the guy who tried to get himself eaten alive by a snake. Merica.
Comparing Eaten Alive to Al Capone's vault is unfair. I didn't know the damn thing was empty & I didn't stop halfway down belly of the beast
Next week on #EatenAlive. Paul Rosolie will be swallowed by a REAL Tyrannosaurus Rex. Tune in folks. You've got nothing better to do.
Next time I watch something called #EatenAlive, somebody better get eaten alive.
The scary part of the #EatenAlive show wasn’t the snake. It was the guy’s wife. She was down to let this all happen. Paul better watch her.
Hey @discovery, can I have my own show? #EatenAlive http://t.co/OLEZykn1sx
You just wasted two hours of your life watching #EatenAlive and the guy didn't even get eaten... You okay? http://t.co/YCDjPfRZKF
.@Discovery I've never watched your show Naked and Afraid but after watching #EatenAlive I assume everyone is clothed and calm.
steve irwin would pass thru the digestive canals of a ball python & still be home for dinner that night this paul cat is a FRAUD #EatenAlive
Next on Discovery..."Finding the Tooth Fairy" where I spend two hours looking for the Tooth Fairy, give up and get a burrito. #EatenAlive
My anaconda don't want none unless you wear a special suit to withstand the constrictive pressure and gastrointestinal acids #EatenAlive
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Many viewers called it their generation's Al Capone's vault.

One user said, "Calling it #EatenAlive is like having a show on the Food Network about cooking a turkey and all they do after 2 hours is preheat the oven,"

Another said, "I guess calling this 'Getting Squeezed Really Hard' didn't sound as enticing."

And one user tweeted, "Next on Discovery...'Finding the Tooth Fairy' where I spend two hours looking for the Tooth Fairy, give up and get a burrito."

But viewers might've been able to see this coming.

Discovery refused to say exactly what ensued after the snake wrapped itself around Rosolie in the time leading up to the broadcast. In fact, no one ever really confirmed that he had been eaten. Instead it kept the focus on Rosolie's work...packaged in a lot of media hype.

On the bright side, Rosolie and the snake were unharmed in the giant letdown. In the end, the only thing Discovery really gave viewers was what they already knew: attempting to get eaten alive by a snake is a bad idea.

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Publicity images from the upcoming airing of "Eaten Alive" on the Discovery Channel.

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Publicity images from the upcoming airing of "Eaten Alive" on the Discovery Channel.

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Publicity images from the upcoming airing of "Eaten Alive" on the Discovery Channel.

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NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 02: Naturalist Paul Rosolie visits the SiriusXM Studios on December 2, 2014 in New York City. 

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Stills from the 1997 film "Anaconda."

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Stills from the 1997 film "Anaconda."

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Stills from the 1997 film "Anaconda."

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Stills from the 1997 film "Anaconda."

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Stills from the 1997 film "Anaconda."

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Stills from the 1997 film "Anaconda."

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Stills from the 1997 film "Anaconda."

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