King of the Jungle (TV series)

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King of the Jungle
Directed by Steven J. Santos
Presented by Jeff Corwin
Judges Nigel Marven
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Production
Location(s) Fort Pierce, Florida
Production company(s) Jupiter Entertainment
Release
Original network Animal Planet
Original release October 13, 2003 (2003-10-13) – July 27, 2004 (2004-07-27)

King of the Jungle is an American reality television program, that appears on the Animal Planet cable television network. The original series debuted in Fall 2003 and starred a group of 12 "animal experts" (although only two were Doctors of Veterinary Medicine and one was a biologist) and was hosted by Jeff Corwin. "Nasty" Nigel Marven (from the UK) was the judge who "booted" off a contestant each week. The show was plagued with inconsistencies in judging and content, but was a ratings hit for Animal Planet. A sequel was hosted by Madison Michele; it debuted in July 2004. This show failed to earn the ratings of the first season. A hastily produced third season consisting of teams of two was all but buried by Animal Planet before and during its airing. It was called King of the Jungle: Pairs and had 14 contestants instead of 12. The teams were: Lori and Lisa, twin science teachers from Boston; Hindley and Thomas, best friends from Alabama; Lolita and Matt, lifelong friends from Columbus; Kevin and Sherry, a married couple, also from the Columbus area; David and Petite, hair stylists from Kennesaw, Georgia; Wendy and Troy, brother and sister from Indiana; and Steve and Danielle, another married couple from Greensboro, North Carolina. As of November 2005 there are no plans to renew this show, and Animal Planet has removed all traces of it off its websites.

Name Age State Season Finish
Jennifer Benjamin 24 Palm Desert, California Season 1 12th
Jamie Morrisey 37 Ithaca, New York Season 1 11th
Ed Rudberg 24 Eden Prairie, Minnesota Season 1 10th
Jarrod Davis 21 Frostproof, Florida Season 1 9th
Ernie Ward 38 Calabash, North Carolina Season 1 8th
Christina Davis 25 Atlanta, Georgia Season 1 7th
Mike Maxcy 37 Los Angeles, California Season 1 6th
John Elmore 33 Atlanta, Georgia Season 1 5th
Aletris Neils 21 Phoenix, Arizona Season 1 4th
Jeremy Kirby 28 Phoenix, Arizona Season 1 3rd
Adam Stone 36 Atlanta, Georgia Season 1 Runner-Up
Kelly Diedring 23 Tampa, Florida Season 1 Winner
Jen Burns 33 Burbank, California Season 2 12th
Henry Gillman 50 Brooklyn Park, Minnesota Season 2 11th
Lang Solurson 33 Venice, California Season 2 10th
Cherry Davis 36 West Hollywood, California Season 2 9th
Cynthia Weiss 33 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Season 2 8th
Jacob Mason 24 Maynardville, Tennessee Season 2 7th
Roberto Figueroa 31 Newburgh, New York Season 2 6th
Lindsay Harrison 21 Mt. Juliet, Tennessee Season 2 5th
Shannon Laul 32 Califon, New Jersey Season 2 4th
Bee Truong 22 Tustin, California Season 2 3rd
Patrick Spain 24 Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts Season 2 Runner-Up
Tony Stallings 26 Cleveland, Ohio Season 2 Winner
Troy Teipen 27 Cloverdale, Indiana Season 3 - Pairs 14th
Lori DiMente 24 Boston, Massachusetts Season 3 - Pairs 13th
Lisa Morrison 24 Boston, Massachusetts Season 3 - Pairs 12th
Steve Hurley 36 Greensboro, North Carolina Season 3 - Pairs 11th
Hindley Brigham 23 Auburn, Alabama Season 3 - Pairs 10th
Thomas Nearing, a.k.a. "Newt" 23 Auburn, Alabama Season 3 - Pairs 9th
Lolita Haverlock 32 Columbus, Ohio Season 3 - Pairs 8th
Petite Harpenau 47 Kennesaw, Georgia Season 3 - Pairs 7th
Sherry Bean Lloyd 33 Blacklick Estates, Ohio Season 3 - Pairs 6th
Matt Buccilla 32 Columbus, Ohio Season 3 - Pairs 5th
Kevin Lloyd 33 Blacklick Estates, Ohio Season 3 - Pairs 4th
David Dean 40 Kennesaw, Georgia Season 3 - Pairs 3rd
Wendy Teipen 28 Cloverdale, Indiana Season 3 - Pairs Runner-Up
Danielle Hurley 26 Greensboro, North Carolina Season 3 - Pairs Winner

Season 3 Results[edit]

Episode Progress
Episode 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10a 10b
Danielle IN IN IN IN IN IN IN KING IN KING WIN
Wendy IN IN PIT IN IN KING IN IN PIT PIT OUT
David PIT KING IN IN KING PIT KING IN KING OUT
Kevin IN IN IN IN IN IN PIT PIT OUT
Matthew KING IN IN IN PIT IN IN OUT
Sherry IN IN IN IN IN IN OUT
Petite IN IN IN KING IN OUT
Lolita IN IN IN PIT OUT
Hindley IN IN KING IN OUT
Thomas IN IN IN IN OUT
Stephen IN IN IN OUT
Lisa IN PIT OUT
Lori IN OUT
Troy OUT
     (WIN) The contestant was crowned the ultimate King of the Jungle.
     (KING) The contestant was that week's King of the Jungle.
     (PIT) The contestant was sent to the Lion's Pit that week, but was not eliminated.
     (OUT) The contestant was eliminated at that week's Lion's Pit.
     (OUT) The contestant was eliminated outside of the Lion's Pit.
     (OUT) The contestant was eliminated at the final Lion's Pit.

In season 2, Shannon was initially eliminated second and Roberto was initially eliminated third, but, in a midseason twist, all previously eliminated contestants returned for a chance to return to the game. Shannon and Roberto won this opportunity.

Also in season 2, Jacob was pulled out of the competition due to family problems.

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