Thursday, February 16, 2012

Grant Wilson Exits Ghost Hunters


Ghost hunting aficionados get your tissues ready: Grant Wilson, co-founder of TAPS and star of the long-running paranormal Syfy reality series, Ghost Hunters, announced on last nights episode that he will no longer be participating in the series.

Wilson stated, "It is with mixed emotion that I am announcing my departure from the cast of Ghost Hunters. While paranormal investigating has always been and will remain a passion for me, after enjoying nearly eight successful seasons on television, I have made the decision to leave the series in order to focus on other aspects of my personal life.”

Like what? Your budding music career? Clearly the guy has made an insane amount of money over the past 8 years and doesn't have to lift a finger again or pretend to do plumbing for Roto-Rooter.

The ghost hunter continued, "I will deeply miss working with [co-investigator] Jason [Hawes] and the rest of the dedicated investigators and crew that have become like family, and I wish them all the best as they continue to follow their passion and realize the vision of TAPS. I will also miss interacting with our wonderful fans worldwide. You are all at the heart of what we do on Ghost Hunters, and I’m grateful to have gotten to know many of you over the years.”

In response to his long-time pal's sudden departure, TAPS founder Jason Hawes stated, “I will miss working with Grant on a daily basis, and am indebted to the level of dedication and expertise he has brought to our field. I can’t imagine having a better partner through it all — both on the show and off.  Grant and I, along with our spouses and children, are all like one big family.  While I fully support his decision to move on from the series, this longtime friendship — as well as our business partnership — will continue off-camera for years to come.”

This makes me really sad because with one of the original founders of TAPS missing from the series, it will feel incomplete. I used to be overly obsessed with Ghost Hunters because it was fun to watch and different at the time of its initial premiere. However, in recent times, with many cast members exiting the series and strategically placed advertisements in the show's live investigations, the show has become boring and too staged for my liking.

I did enjoy watching the two friends work together and I think that if Wilson has decided to leave, the show should come to a close soon, especially since it has lost the spark that it once had.

Fans of the show will miss you dearly, Mr. Wilson. I wish you the best but I know you're probably going to spend your free time swimming in your money pit back at home.

Wilson's final episode of Ghost Hunters will air when the show returns, Wednesday, May 16, at 9pm on Syfy.

2 comments:

Chris said...

Now that Grant is leaving, Jason should follow behind him, this show has gone way passed its prime and its sad because its totally scripted now, and use to be good.

Thomas said...

I used to love GH but stopped watching a few years ago. It became clear you could skip the first twenty minutes, see the results of the first hunt, then come back at 9:50 to see the results of the second hunt. It cut out the endless scenes of crew members chasing random cold spots and folks talking to themselves in empty rooms. I'm still shocked Grant Wilson left this cash cow, though.

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