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FOX PULLS PLUG ON SNAKE RIVER CANYON "JUMP OF THE CENTURY"

July 24, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Weeks after the departure of Kevin Reilly as chairman of Entertainment for Fox Broadcasting, the network has canceled Jump of the Century, a controversial special that Reilly greenlighted in May. The telecast would have followed two teams’ plans to jump the Snake River Canyon in Idaho on the 40th anniversary of Evel Knievel’s failed attempt. The network cited "production timelines and budget concerns." The jumpers, Texas daredevil "Big Ed" Beckley and the team of Hollywood stuntman Eddie Braun and rocket builder Scott Truax, said that they still intend to go ahead with the jump. Beckley wrote on his website that he plans to seek out other media partners, adding, "We will not sacrifice safety, our integrity, and our just reward for attempting a real motorcycle jump over the canyon." It was unclear whether he intends to make the attempt on the actual anniversary on September 7. Braun said through his attorney that he still plans to go ahead on that day. The attorney, Paul Arrington, told the Montana Standard, "We are very disappointed with Fox."