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August 22, 2014 - 8:17 am

Discovery Channel’s lone remaining science series, MythBusters, has lost 60% of its cast. The show announced Thursday night that that episode would be the last to feature Kari Byron, Tory Belleci and Grant Imahara.

MythBusters started out with just the two main cast members, Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, special effects gurus who used their science knowledge and engineering chops to test common pop culture myths. The show was fine in those early days, but MythBusters really took off when it grew to the current cast. The trio joined the full cast of MythBusters 10 years ago.  They brought a new chemistry to the show, and Byron brought a little nerd sex appeal too.

Now the era of five hosts busting multiple myths per show is over. And it sounds like money is at the root.

“I guess you guys are finding out the news right about now. After a decade of theMythBusters, we are no longer with the show,” Kari said in a series of tweets. “Thank you to all the fans who have supported us. The show is taking a new direction. It was an amazing run. I learned so much about myself and the world. I love you all @MythBusters. I am sad for an ending but there will be exciting new adventures for us.”

Chances are, budget cuts are to blame. Discovery Channel has all but dropped science programming in favor of reality shows about gold and cars, bogus documentaries about sharks, along with its survival hit Naked and Afraid. The reduced MythBusters probably isn’t going to last long now.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.
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Pennywise, but pound foolish. They were a good counterpoint to Adam and Jamie. Discovery and History, et al., would be better of doing real shows rather than fake "reality" shows. If you have three HD cameras pointed at you, you aren't acting real.
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Fuuny, but the article on EOnlline you linked to doesn't say anything about money, directly or indirectly.

You could at least cite some sources that jibe with what you write.
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The ratings have been down with negative trajectory...the production order was cut a couple of seasons back from standard to mid-teens...it's about money.

That's what "new direction" means in the TV biz.
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You have to read between the lines, Kari mentions the show going "in a different direction." It's not a different direction, though -- the cast has been cut by 60%, back to its original size.
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This is a sad thing. Love Mythbusters and the two-tier cast. "Knockin' 'em back for science!" as Kari Byron once said...
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