A Shark Week stunt on Jackass just went terribly awry. The guys from the show decided to get in on the intense yet informative week, but unfortunately, it came at a price.
Steve-O and Chris Pontius sent a friend, Sean “Poopies” McInerney over a jump that leads right into shark-infested waters. The Shark Week jump was similarly laid out to the one “The Fonz” on Happy Days did with McInerney jumping with a wakeboard off a massive ramp.
The infamous Happy Days moment created a term in the TV industry. “Jumping the Shark” is when a show goes too far or does something so absurd it’s clear that it’s past its peak. But the Jackass squad decided to take this literally for Shark Week.
Unfortunately, almost immediately upon landing, a shark bit McInerney in the arm. Thankfully help was immediately on the way and “Poopie” only sustained minor injuries.
Pontius recalled the incident with concern, reflecting on how doing these stunts always comes with a risk.
“It’s a reminder that yeah, like, we are pushing it pretty hard. And this could happen, of course,” Pontius noted. “It’s either, like, everything’s OK or this happens. And hopefully, it’s always everything’s OK, everything’s okay. But then … you know, this time it’s not OK.”
Steve-O of course, who has been injured multiple times on the show, wasn’t too concerned.
“This was only one bite in one spot?” Steve-O joked. “And he’s not missing anything?”
McInerney understood the risks of the stunt, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t shocking.
“I knew there was a chance I was gonna get bit by a shark, but I didn’t think it was gonna happen.” He doesn’t have any
Most fans on Twitter seemed amused with the stunt, laughing at the Jackass guys for getting a stuntman named “poopie” to join the show. Luckily, it seems nobody blames the sharks, not even “Poopie.”
“I don’t blame the sharks at all. I mean, I was in their living room, and it was dinner time,” he admitted.
How to Watch Shark Week
With crazy stunts like this happening as well as fascinating programs about sharks, many consider “Shark Week” the pinnacle of summer. In fact, it’s the Discovery channel’s 33rd year in a row. You can catch shark week on the Discovery channel or on Discovery+.
Fans will get 45 hours of shark content over the course of 35 different specials.
One of the specials included a touching moment where Steve Irwin’s son swam with a massive stingray. His father was killed by a stingray in 2006. It’s a part of his special, Crikey! It’s Shark Week.
“Having the opportunity to follow in my dad’s footsteps and experience the ultimate apex predator first hand was awe-inspiring,” Robert Irwin said on the channel.
Robert’s special is only a fragment of the fun. And Shark Week isn’t just for fun, it also serves an important role in raising awareness for wildlife preservation and partnering with nonprofits. So if you tune in, it’s a win-win for you and the sharks. Just … don’t try any of the stunts at home.