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'Eaten Alive' fails to live up to title

Viewers balk at Discovery show not actually showing man eaten alive, despite hype

Naturalist Paul Rosolie, who has some explaining to do.

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Fans are peeved that Discovery's much-hyped special "Eaten Alive" did not actually feature a man getting eaten alive by an snake. After weeks of promotion — and more than a little protest from animal rights groups — the special finally aired highlighting Paul Rosolie'sattempts to "enter the belly of an anaconda," as the network promised. Yeah, about that.

As disappointed viewers witnessed during the two-hour special, the anaconda in question got about as far as Rosolie's helmet before he cried uncle. "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," Rosolie said. Which would fine — safety first and all — except for how the show had been promoted. How big of a let down was this, exactly? We'll let Twitter take it from here.

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