Survivalist Cody Lundin Sues Discovery over Dual Survival Controversy

Cody Lundin and Joe Teti filming Dual Survival

Former “Dual Survival” host Cody Lundin is suing the Discovery Network, claiming the scripted survival show’s producers purposely made him look incompetent and paired him with a problemed soldier who threatened to kill him on multiple occasions.

The trouble came to a head during the filming of the fourth season of “Dual Survival,” after the Discovery Network fired Lundin from the show and then made it seem like the Survivalist could not hack it during the so-called “wilderness survival situations”. But according to Lundin, the show producers may have been putting the crews, and the viewers lives at risk.

In a Facebook post, shortly after he was fired, Lundin wrote on his Facebook Page,

“It’s shocking to me that Discovery would treat anyone in this manner,” he wrote. “Programming of this nature must be produced and marketed in a responsible manner with the highest level of regard for the safety and health of the hosts, production personnel, and members of the viewing public. I have shared this message with them many times. Failure to observe this standard could have tragic consequences that, with proper precaution, can be avoided. There can be no compromise when dealing with people’s lives.”

Shortly after he told TV Guide:

“You’re dealing with people who have no experience in my profession who are making a show on survival skills,” Lundin says. “They asked me many, many times to do stupid s–t that I refused to do. ‘Fall into cold water so you can get hypothermic.’ ‘Scale that cliff.’ ‘Can you climb that coconut tree?’ I try not to put out dangerous s–t that’s going to be replicated by someone to their detriment. They hated me for it.”

In the suit against Discovery, Lundin is claiming producers made it look like he was losing it during filming; but Lundin claims the real problem came after co-host Joe Teti waved an ice axe around while threatening to bury Lundin on a mountain in Norway. He also claims that while shooting in Hawaii, Teti threatened to impale him with a spear.

Lundin alleges Teti, a former CIA operative with a disputed military record, said, “You better not blow this for me … I think you know what is going to happen to you,” TMZ reports. Lundin claims Teti showed him pictures of people he killed while in the CIA.

The bizarre saga of Discovery Channel reality star Joe Teti has taken many twists since he replaced the original Dual Survival co-host, Dave Canterbury.

Almost immediately Teti became embroiled in controversy after a number of his former military commanders accused the host of padding his military resume, some going as far as accusing him of lying about his combat record and violating Stolen Valor laws.

According to a number of his former military commanders, Teti has been embellishing and perpetuating falsehoods about his military career.

“He’s an embarrassment to the Regiment,” retired Army Sgt. Maj. George Davenport told the Army Times in October 2014. “Teti was renounced by the Special Forces Association after nearly two dozen Special Forces soldiers accused him of misconduct. “He is no longer a member and cannot rejoin,” retired Army Col. Jack Tobin told the publication.

The Discovery Network has refused to comment on the lawsuit, or why Teti was eventually fired from the show and then barred from entering the Discovery Networks headquarters.

27 Comments

  1. Joe always seemed like a bit of a wildcard on the show, but Cody wasn’t any different. I don’t understand how someone can purport to be a survival expert yet won’t wear shoes. That always seemed like a gimmick to me. I’m sorry to see that the show ended the way it did, though.

    • Jeremy Rivers
      May 23, 2016 at 10:03 pm

      Humans lived for thousands if not millions of years in the wild without shoes just because those things exist now does not mean we cannot do without them again.

      • Danny
        May 24, 2016 at 8:48 am

        Yeah, people can and do live without shoes. But it is stupid to go without shoes or boots when you know you are going to be in freezing weather or surrounded by acacia trees with those sharp thorns that can go all the way through your foot. It’s a foolish thing to do.

      • Edward
        January 18, 2017 at 8:04 am

        Humans Have not been on Earth for millions of years learn the facts!

    • Hank
      May 24, 2016 at 5:21 am

      It’s not that he prefers to go barefoot, or that he is trying to build callus. He has stated in interviews and in writing that he is actually “changing the mitochondria in the cells of his feet” to allow his feet to become immune to the elements. That is simply ludicrous on its face and may indicate a fanaticism about his techniques that cannot and should not be emulated by the general public.

      That said, it is obvious that most of these survival shows are scripted for ratings, not practical survival advice, particularly with Bear Grylls, who for a medical fact simply has no gag reflex – the man can literally swallow anything, no matter how putrid.

  2. Randy Hays
    May 23, 2016 at 2:37 pm

    It’s not a gimmick if you live it. His feet have obviously seen some gravel. I watched him go through the Wyoming snow wearing socks. I live at 8500 feet in CO. I’m impressed with his pain tolerance!

    • Ted
      May 23, 2016 at 5:04 pm

      There is no doubt it’s a gimmick, it’s really the only reason he was on the show. They knew it was good for ratings, had nothing to do with any skill he did or didn’t have.

      And yes, he may live that way, which I actually doubt, but it’s irresponsible as a survival instructor to do something like that on a T.V. show. You have to be a complete moron to trek through the snow without shoes. And by the way if you really think he didn’t have shoes or a way to warm his feet just off camera then I got a bridge to sell you. I can also guarantee he had something under those socks protecting his feet from the cold.

      Everything on the show was scripted, they actually moved from scene to scene in vehicles and just film it to make it look like they are out there doing it. All the locations are scouted ahead of time and they are provided food and water despite pretending they haven’t eaten or drank anything.

      • Off Grid Survival
        May 23, 2016 at 5:17 pm

        I have no way of knowing if it’s a gimmick or not, but I will say that it’s about as idiotic as the Naked and Afraid show!

        But from first-hand experience with these survival T.V. producers, I know they fake just about everything and create pretty detailed back stories on people to make them fit the part. Hell, some of these people don’t know the first thing about survival; they are just fed information from experts who are sitting just off camera – I’ve had those offers as well to be the guy who feeds the info.

        I actually talked to these people long before Cody and the Original Dave were cast, and have talked to at least 100 different producers and shows who have pitched me ideas since then; I have refused to do any of them because of how unethical they are and how little these people care about actually teaching people real preparedness skills.

        I’ve had producers actually come to me with a specific part for a so-called reality show with a backstory that didn’t match my life or my skill-set. I’ve had shows similar to the Bullshit Alaskan Bush people type shows that wanted me to pretend I lived somewhere that I’ve never been with some BS back-story that didn’t match my life. IT’S ALL FAKE!

        • Madison
          May 24, 2016 at 6:48 am

          I agree with you. 98% of these shows are BS. And Alaskan FAKE People is the worst!!!!!!

  3. m
    May 23, 2016 at 5:05 pm

    your hands and feet will make its own glove or shoe, iv met ppl that worked sawmiling there hands made supper thick calluses thicker than leather gloves the foot will do the same thing

  4. B from CA
    May 23, 2016 at 8:22 pm

    Off Grid:
    Nice to here you would sacrifice personal advantage because of your ethics. Good for you.

    • Edward
      January 18, 2017 at 8:08 am

      You Really believe that!! Wow!!!

  5. Gary Fitzgerald
    May 23, 2016 at 9:30 pm

    Have known Cody for approximately 25 years. He is a man of honor, integrity and compassion. He walks his talk 24/7 and will not compromise his ethics.

  6. Illini Warrior
    May 24, 2016 at 5:19 am

    The Discovery Channel has the door locked for Joe – sounds like Cody’s claim of death threats and wild behavior is spot on ….

  7. I have hiked and camped the southern back country for years! I can tell you that the only way to make a viable show about survival is for all documenting and camera work to be done by the guy who is out there with no safety net. Beyond telling someone where I would be, I never had anyone standing by. Knowing that in the back of your mind while you are out there changes your decisions no matter who you are.

  8. Pat
    May 24, 2016 at 10:18 am

    A really good show would pair Matt Graham and Cody Lundin. Not necessarily a “survival” type show, but maybe an informational type for when SHTF.

  9. Heather
    May 24, 2016 at 4:49 pm

    I think all but one of these comments are based on stupidity. You don’t know him nor been in a survival situation with the man. Easy to cast stones from your couch. Get a life

    • Sharon Torrez
      May 26, 2016 at 12:47 am

      Thank you! I don’t know anyone of those people but I’m sure they don’t know Cody
      or Joe. Im very happy with the new guy taking Joes place. Drop dead georgeus!

  10. Chuck Findlay
    May 24, 2016 at 5:47 pm

    I actually like Dave more then Cody(only just) as he seemed more grounded then Cody. But I still like Cody and I don’t for a second think Cody is not genuine and actually lives the life. Yea the no shoes thing is foolish from the standpoint of people seeing it and maybe thinking they could do it. Cody should have been more careful in how it was shown.

    I would like to see Cody and Dave teamed up again, maybe on the net or U-Tube. I think they make a good balanced team that could teach a lot of people about survival and also make an interesting show. On U-Tube they could easily maintain control of direction and content and market to the fact that it’s real applicable advice and not scripted garbage from a producer that thinks roughing it is a motel room without room service.

    From the first show with Joe on it I started to loose interest in watching it. Joe always seemed unstable and an ass to me. Looks like this was / is the case.

  11. Hats off
    May 24, 2016 at 8:07 pm

    Les stroud is a true hero.

  12. adam
    May 25, 2016 at 3:53 am

    I’ve worked in reality TV and know a lot of people who make their whole career pumping that stuff out. None of the production crew hold the shows we work on in very high regard. We know they’re all fake and dressed up. This account all sounds about right to me. While I don’t know because I wasn’t there, the claims Lundin are making about producers not having a care at all when it comes to the reality of their reality shows is not at all suspicious. I’ve never worked on any reality TV in my entire career that was “above” faking whatever was necessary to increase drama.

  13. Sharon Torrez
    May 26, 2016 at 12:50 am

    I’m happy VERY happy with Joes replacement!!!! Drop dead gorgeous!!!!

  14. melanie taylor
    May 27, 2016 at 2:27 am

    Everyone who has met Cody will tell you he is a truly genuine guy. I loved the show when it was Cody & Dave they seemed cut from a different cloth, but they respected each other and that’s what you want when SHTF. I hope they get stuff up soon that teaches you what to do because this scenario terrifies me. I can handle myself to some extent but my kids & dogs are another matter.

  15. Doug McIntyre
    May 27, 2016 at 12:17 pm

    Cody Lundin is a walking survival encyclopedia. He has written books on urban and wilderness survival skills specializing in teaching primitive living skills. He has forgotten more about survival than the producers and suits at Discovery Channel will ever learn. It was a shame seeing Dave not asked back after season 2 and an even bigger shame when they replaced Cody instead of replacing Joe Teti who was clearly the problem al along.

    Dual Survival could have been a great TV series on survival skills, but instead it was perverted by the producers and the suits at Discovery Channel into a “danger show”, showing risky stunts that no sensible survivor would ever undertake. Things like risking death to slide down a long, slippery cedar tree in Olympic National Park, stealing honey from bees, rapelling down a waterfall, walking through an Everglades swamp and having Dave cut his forearm open, then cauterizing with ignited gun powder placed in the wound. Twice. The same kind of network-first, reckless, get-the-shot-at-all-costs approach to filming survival that cost Steve Irwin his life filming encounters with wildlife, ultimately leaving behind a widow and young child.

    Real survival is about the psychology of staying alive by remaining calm, thinking positive and staying busy. It is about making fire to stay warm, boil water and provide protection from predators. Making a microclimate of shelter to battle hypothermia, hyperthermia and the elements. Staying fully hydrated, warm and dry, working at a deliberate pace so you don’t get sweaty late in the day, signalling for rescue and foraging for food that doesn’t run fast or pose the risk of injury.

    Real survival is about 15-20 multi-functional kit items that will make it easier to survie that first night in the wild. a tarp, plus a wool blanket or sleeping bag, full tang belt knife, ferro rod or other ignition source(s; metal containers to boil water, cook or make wilderness medicines, cover elements like tarps, sleeping bag, bivvy or large three mil polyethylene garbage bags, cordage like rope, paracord or tarred twine, carrying a good compass with rotating bezel and signal mirror, a good headlamp with flash mode, a large canvas sail needle to repair your kit items and act as a tweezer if required and a 2″ roll of duct tape. Plus a redundant metal container, second cutting tool of a different type (axe or saw), a vial of 2% tincture of iodine for disinfecting wounds or water, a sharpening stone or diamond rod to keep you knife and saw sharp and some kind of small weapon like a sling bow to either use as a bow or as a sling shot to give the survivalist a chance to obtain meat. Other useful kit items are a large frog gig, traps or snares, a rite-in-the-rain notebook and a few pencils, a simple hygiene kit, a few first aid items, perhaps a few MREs and a “possibles pouch” with a few things to add comfort and any required medications. Plus a good backpack and a few neoprene dry bags to keep your sleep system dry.

    Only Les Stroud’s show Survivorman has come close to depicting real, risk averse survival techniques, perhaps the one guy who didn’t let Discovery channel bully him into perverting the essential tenets of showing survival techniques on television. Clearly we need more of him and way less self-serving “suits” at DC.

  16. Ed
    June 1, 2016 at 11:26 am

    The only person I’d trust in a survival situation is Cody. He walks the walk.

  17. koolaidguzzler
    June 5, 2016 at 3:47 pm

    You need only look into Teti’s eyes while he spoke on his first show to know he’s not all there.
    Survival shows are such scams, even more than most of the other “reality” shows. They’re good for their tips and reminders, but little else. The situations are fake. The threats are fake. The drama is fake. Lundin’s surely an oddball, but he “smelled” more real than his partners.

  18. Mike
    July 11, 2016 at 3:47 pm

    Cody does indeed live with no shoes. He also has an off grid home in which he lives. He makes a good living teaching people survival skills and wilderness skills. He has written numerous books about survival and anyone with a childs brain should be able to do a google search for his books, his school, or any of the other things he does in real life on a daily basis. The person who says it is stupid to go without shoes has no clue what survival is. Must be one of those couch potato survivalists. Bought a gun and some ammo, shot it once, and knows everything from U-tube. Btw, his off gird home is amazing ! If you haven’t visited you should. He uses thermal mass for heating and has a really awesome setup.

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