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Sorry I thought the external links would be enough as references. Put the links in the text. Should not be deleted now. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Markfinnern (talkcontribs) 16:30, April 18, 2010 (UTC)

I think the section on his leaving the show should be removed or altered[edit]

I don't see that there's a direct correlation to the incident where Adam got shocked and his departure. Adam only says the producer is no longer with the show. I can't find any other evidence linking the two events. G051051 (talk) 20:24, 9 August 2013 (UTC)

This article contains defamatory material[edit]

As has been pointed out by other's this article defames Peter Rees. He did not intentionally electrocute Adam Savage and in addition he did not leave the show shortly after the event. Changes were attempted that include links to the date of the incident and the date of the Rees' departure from the series. This material was extensively footnoted. These were changed back to the defamatory material within two weeks.

Additional material was added with respect to ratings for the series. All is factually accurate and footnoted. This material is also deleted. The post should read.

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Peter Rees
Born 1966
Nationality Australian
Occupation Television producer
Known for MythBusters
Peter Rees (producer)
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Peter Rees (born 1966)[citation needed] is a film and television
writer/ director and producer. He created and developed the
concept and was the executive producer of the television series
MythBusters.[1] Rees created, cast and executive produced seventy
episodes, and twelve specials. During his time as Executive
Producer the series set all ratings records for individual episode
1.81 (M25-54), two hour special 2.2 (M25-54) and Shark Week
Special. In Australia the show broke the one million viewer mark
on SBS Television. The shows ratings steadily declined after his
departure and are now 30% of what they once were.[2]
Contrary to oblique statements made by Adam Savage[3], and previous posts on Wikipedia, Rees did not leave the
show shortly after an incident on set involving electricity. The incident that Adam described happened during the
filming of the Baghdad battery story in early 2005.[4] Rees left the series in September 2006, over a year and a half
later. Video of the electrocution[5] undermines key aspects of Savage's story specifically; who was responsible for the
final decision to shock him with an electric fence, and the claim that the film crew refused to film the aftermath in
protest. It also illustrates that Jamie Hyneman had previously tried to electrocute Adam with the same device. This is
not the first time that Savage's recall of events have been called into question. In 2008 he was forced to retract
statements he made about the shooting of an RFID story for the show.[6]
Prior to MythBusters, Peter created, developed, produced, wrote and directed more than 30 hours of factual
programming for international broadcast. He has successfully brought a wide range of subjects to the small screen
including the ancient practice of intentional cranial deformation and the discovery of the deadly “assassin caterpillar”
of Brazil.
Peter has worked in a wide variety of genres including: drama, magazine, reality, natural history, observational
documentary, and studio based entertainment programming. He spent a decade in the United States including time at
National Geographic Television, and Discovery Communications were he served as Senior Series Producer,
Executive Producer, and finally East Coast Director of Development for Discovery Channel.[7]
Peter circumnavigated the globe by land and sea to win the 1993 Charles Heidsieck international Travel challenge.[8]
In 2006 he devised a successful World Record attempt. Programs he created have received a number of industry
awards and honors including; the 2005 Silver Dragon from the Beijing International Science Festival and five Emmy
Peter was born on a Naval base in Death Valley California, but grew up in Sydney Australia. He is a graduate of
Australia's leading broadcasting and production institution, the Australian Film, Television and Radio School. He has
a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature/ Historical Archaeology, a Post Graduate Diploma in Environmental Studies
and is qualified to drive a forklift and shoot a handgun safely in the State of California.
^ Carolyn Abate (14 September 2006). "Backstory: The mismatched 'Mythbusters' " (
/p20s01-altv.html). The Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved 19 April 2010.
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Further reading
Mythbusters: The Explosive Truth Behind 30 of the Most Perplexing Urban Legends of All Time
[MYTHBUSTERS M/TV] (Paperback) (
The Creator Of MythBusters -Peter Rees (
Loxton, Daniel (2005). "Mythbusters Exposed: How a Special Effects Crew Opened the Most Important New
Front in the Battle for Science Literacy" ( Skeptic 12 (1):
34–42. Subscription required for online access.
Busted – 17 Mythbuster Classics That Could Happen To You (2006) (
Slashdot: The Mythbusters Answer Your Questions (
External links
Peter Rees ( at the Internet Movie Database
Retrieved from ""
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— Preceding unsigned comment added by Peter rees tv (talkcontribs) 06:54, 2 May 2014‎

Since your COI edit request, the article has been edited and it no longer defames Peter Rees. (Also, YouTube, LinkedIn and Wikipedia itself - and possibly other sources mentioned in the collapsible section - are not reliable sources.) -- (talk) 15:34, 15 October 2014 (UTC)


I have deleted the statement connecting his departure with the shoch incident. Per WP:BLP unless extremely well sourced, it should be removed immediately. The cited source is useless: YouTube can't be used for this purpose and as the poster in a previous thread says there is no statement in the YouTube clip which makes a causal link between the two. DeCausa (talk) 08:32, 2 May 2014 (UTC)

Removal of the claim seems a reasonable action. In that video Savage refers to the then producer who has since left the show, but does not mention Rees by name. Even though it's likely that he was referring to Rees, since he was the producer at the time, we can't rely on circumstantial evidence. --AussieLegend () 08:41, 2 May 2014 (UTC)
He also doesn't say he left because of the incident. DeCausa (talk) 08:45, 2 May 2014 (UTC)
Indeed that is true. The person who added the claim appears to have engaged in a bit of WP:SYNTH. --AussieLegend () 08:48, 2 May 2014 (UTC)