Can Jungle Gold: Behind-the-Scenes convince viewers show was not fake?

Discovery Channel's hit reality series Jungle Gold had great ratings last week for its season finale, but can tonight's special behind-the-scenes episode convince viewers that the show was not fake from the beginning?

Jungle Gold finished the season strong with viewers, but tonight's behind-the-scenes episode may determine for many whether or not they are interested in following George and Scott a second season.

Jungle Gold steadily gained ground for Discovery Channel in its first season, as fans got to know gold miners Scott Lomu and George Wright VI. Scott and George are family men from Utah, and are attempting to alleviate some, potentially all, of their financial debt via gold mining. Scott and George began the season $1 million in debt, after losing it all as realtors when the so-called “financial bubble” burst, leaving them on the losing end of the boom. But, after weeks in Ghana, the two did nothing but find themselves in one disaster after another, which they continued to make worse by chasing scheme after scheme in the effort to find the gold they were so desperate to dig out of the African ground. In the end, when they could not make a deal for new, proven land, they were only able to find dirt, and went back to Utah $1.3 million in debt.

As Scott and George hit the bottom last week, Discovery Channel fans were watching. Jungle Gold earned 1.94 HH/1.49 P25-54 rating, and it delivered 2.74 million viewers Persons 2+. Jungle Gold out-delivered all broadcast television programs among Men on Friday evening, earning the #3 spot in all of television in Men 18-49 delivery. Second only to Gold Rush, Jungle Gold was the #2 cable program, no exclusions, among Persons and Men 25-54 and Persons 18-49 delivery on Friday night.

Yes, fans were watching. But, after a season finale that viewers found highly suspicious, the Discovery Channel is offering fans a behind-the-scenes look tonight on Jungle Gold: Behind the Scenes. According to the Discovery Channel:

This behind the scenes special includes unseen footage and follows the film crew's battle with floods, machete attacks and dangerous conditions in Ghana. Also included is terrifying insight into the armed robbery caught on camera in the season finale.

Will this “insight” be enough to convince viewers that, in fact, Jungle Gold is a real look at Ghana gold mining, and not just producer-fixed ups and downs in the jungle? Or, will fans take a behind-the-scenes look and shrug their shoulders, continuing to believe that the season was all TV magic?

Stay tuned.

Jungle Gold airs on Discovery Channel on Friday nights at 10/9c.

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Comments

Submitted by Jesse7750 (not verified) on
This should have been called "Fools in the Bush" . Two very silly yuppies tring to strike it rich in one of the poorest places on Earth . I have sent years living in the Mid East and North Africa and have provided security for many visitors , but you could not pay me enough to spend a single day with these two self absorbed idiots .

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
THESE TWO WASTE OF SPACE ARE NOT FAKING IT , THEY ARE MOST DEFINITELY NATURALLY THAT RETARDED. THEY'RE FAMILY AND FRIENDS HAVE TO FEEL NOTHING BUT SHAME FOR THESE TWO CLASS ACTS. ZERO COMMON SENSE FELLAS , NO MORE SCHEMES IN LIFE , TIME TO GROW UP AND GET A REAL JOB. I DONT SEE HOW ANYONE COULD LIKE OR BELIEVE A WORD OUT OF THESE TWO FINE EXAMPLES OF HUMAN GARBAGE. SCOTT LOMU AND GEORGE WRIGHT = TERRIBLE PEOPLE

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
i ve seen the episode in which both go to sell the gold in jungle but blocked there way and then looted when they tried to open the road.the whole scene was scripted and was so foolish that no one can believe that was real.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
after the first two showes it became evedent that this show is a bunch of BS twomoreons that are a million in debt and leave the home to the wives and kids with the banks after them, shows compleat ignorance on the parts of the so called gold hunters. then they are constantly screwing up loosing that kind of money let alone gold ,even i can see all the set ups and stupid sequences that appear. iv worked the mining aggregate field for 34 years and so much crap that you show is rediculas. comon descovery channel dump this show and the two guys known as laurel and harde and put somthing good on

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
WHO CAN REALLY BLAME THEIR WIVES FOR WANTING TO GET THEIR CHILDREN AWAY FROM THESE MONEY HUNGRY NO HONOR COMMON TYPICAL GREEDY SMALL MINDED CHUMPS. I MEAN THEY DONT SEEM LIKE THEY HAVE TO MUCH INSIGHT TO TEACH THEIR CHILDREN ABOUT WHAT THEY HAVE LEARNED IN THIS WORLD . WIFE AND KIDS WILL DEFINITELY BE BETTER OFF WITHOUT HAVING TO BE PUT IN BAD SITUATIONS BY MEN WHO CLEARLY ARE NOT CAPABLE OF MAKING THE PROPER CHOICES IN LIFE.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
CRAZY ILLITERATE , TALK ABOUT NO COMMON SENSE . YOU MUST HAVE GOT THE SAME LEVEL OF EDUCATION IN LIFE AS SCOTT AND GEORGE . WHAT A FOOL

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Could anyone possibly have worse English skills than you? Your spelling is so unbelievably annoying it is unreal.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Great acting job. If you can't see this in the "Behind the scenes" footage then you're a bigger moron than these two guys from Utah, or Califonia, or Texas, or whereever. It's all BS!!

Submitted by tv fan (not verified) on
I can't belive that discovery would send a camera crew out with these two tards! NOT REAL! Almost as bad as the towing shows. Will not wast my tv time on this again.

Submitted by Carl (not verified) on
I was hoping that somewhere in tonight's episode either the guys or the crew would talk about how it was a total scam with the "gold buy" or they are both as naive as 9th graders. They never seemed to explain to the audience that the mysterious gold seller and the robber were of course working the scam together. If this actually happened as shown to us, they must realize by now that it was like some Nigerian Scam and it's probably been run many times and that same gold bar has been sold a dozen times or so.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Lost interest after two shows, can't believe this is still on. I caught pnwtor ovthe last shows, was laughing at how silly the morons looked as they acted like they just got robbed!

Submitted by Hup (not verified) on
Watched behind the scenes, and I think the film crew/producer(s) are as stupid as the prime actors are.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
If this is real, I'm really sorry for them guys and for their families. But this just looks like Dumb and Dumber II. If you choose to go over there, you *have* to know that each and every man out there has so little to loose that they would do anything to con what they see as "rich foreigners". And I'm sure they don't feel bad or guilty about it. It's the law of the jungle. Rich corporations and people just steal away all their resources and lands without giving them back anything in return. What would you do were you in their shoes ?

Submitted by shicky (not verified) on
I have to be honest. These two guys aren't playing with a full deck. When everyone around you has guns and machetties your not going to scare anyone by shouting HEY YOU. no guns or means of defense I'd be carrying a sawed off shotgun and have a long bladed knife all the time. To top that off they are made out to be chumps because they trust everyone and keep going in the hole further. I can't watch this failure anymore.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Watch the behind the scenes... they had several ex-special forces security guys, the claim owner Singh was carrying a gun, and their security began carrying a shotgun after he was attacked.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Being From Utah, I know 2 things that are for sure in Life, 1st is Taxes, 2nd Never trust anyone that resides in Utah especially if they are of the Local faith!!!! The Expression on George's face after the supposed Robbery, just is not that of someone that has a fear for his life, I call BS. Scam,Scam,Scam, and I was in both Residential & Commercial Real Estate in Utah, from 1995-2012 , I and several of my Colleagues have never heard of these Two, Utah is a small market to be $1million in debt for there Supposed Real Estate Business in Utah, again I call BS. Scam,Scam,Scam!!!!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I'm thinking that they bought 2-3 properties to flip and got stuck with them, in which case it would be a foreclosure issue not known to the general public.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Wow you know nothing about the real estate market if you say Utah is too small a market to be $1m+ in debt. Utah is where a large amount of money went after California started to decline. It doesn't take much to be $1m+ in debt in Utah (look at properties in the South Mountain area, Alpine, Suncrest and others). But you know everything so I don't have to tell you that. And the local religion? Wow, you're a religion expert, a real estate tycoon and profiler (by the way you talked about the look on George's face) and yet you are posting on this worthless little forum. Riiight my friend. Keep posting here, they're the only people that believe you know what you are talking about. By the way, I'm from California, did a little real estate work in the Salt Lake area and did know who George was. He was doing well at that time, was he a big wig? No, but he seemed to do well with smaller properties in the Utah County area. The market turned and hurt a lot of people who had their money tied up in land, sounds like they were no different. The show is sensationalized to get people to watch it. It worked, even a genius like yourself watched it. Try saying something nice about someone for a change, it might make you feel good.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
This show should be renamed Dumb and Dumber 2. They fall for every new get rich scheme offered to them. It never seems to occur to them to ask questions. This is the problem for people looking for the "easy" way to make money. They don't want to hear anything that will interfere with what they want to believe. These two will always be losers. I wonder at what point their wives will figure this out?

Submitted by Bud (not verified) on
The series had a very weak story line. It was unreal. They didn't have any money but they were flying back and forth from Africa to the US. The season finale was predictable and weak

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I knew Scott and George were going to be robbed after the gold deal because they SHOWED IT IN THE PREVIEWS!!! I like watching Jungle Gold. I like seeing how they mine for gold in Ghana using heavy equipment as well as the board method used by the local people which is just as effective. Is there anyplace in the U.S. where the average guy can pan for gold without being part of a mining company? If not, I'm going to Ghana and make my fortune. See the movie 'The Treasure of Sierra Madre' .

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
So tell me. If you were going to rob someone of 35k, would you give them a bar of gold worth 75k or just rob the idiot in the bush? Why would anyone take the chance that you might actually just drive around or even through your roadblock and risk so much? Unless of course the robbers had a real sense for the dramatic. Pathetic show, and I wont waist any more time with it!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
But why do I keep watching it !!?? Someone help me please !

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I agree, its a guilty pleasure, I want them to succeed so bad and yet I don't care. And I keep going back to that dang show!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Whether it's contrived or has some minor semblance of reality to it, if there is a season 2, and even that would seem to be a stretch, the title of the show needs to be changed to "Stupid Dummy Head and the Village Idiot"

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Honestly!!!!! What do expect from people who come from Kolob anyway?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
It's fine if you don't like the show, or think it's fake. But seriously, every single post I've read talking about Scott and George being morons can't spell at all! It makes you look like hypocrites when you can't even come up with something better than "their dummb."

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
this show is a joke there is compines that are minning over there and they have guards that shoot fist ask question later theys 2 could not get out of a wet paper bag why would you have a gold bar and no gun loosers the show is as bad as storage wars all set up

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I think the final show was a setup. I think they still have the $35,000. They paid some people a small amount of money to make it appear as though they had been robbed. Good for ratings, Yes! and the boys can keep $35,000 and explain to the investor it was stolen, watch the film. Then go home and pay a few bills. No one has $70,000 in gold, leaves it in the vehicle, to check the obvious wood blockade. When they had cash during the entire episode they clutched that bag never stepping away. The boys are con men, making away with $35,000 from the investor, and trying to set up a season 2.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Or maybe they were instructed to do so by the Production company to make way for season 2. While these guys do silly things at times, some of their actions seem forced at times as if someone else is telling them what to do to sensationalize things.

Submitted by Michim (not verified) on
I'm not usually one to laugh at the misfortune of others, but who didn't see that set up coming? I called that before they even hit the road block. The show must be real. Nobody could possibly look that stupid on purpose - unless Discovery is paying off their 1.3 million debt. Who would ever want the world to see them looking that pathetic?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I don't think people clue into the fact, just like Gold Rush Alaska, that these guys get paid for having a show...... So even though mining goes crappy they have a TV show and get paid for it...... They aren't in rough shape at all.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I can’t believe what this two guys are doing, who will give 150k and another 40k just because u r saying u have a reality show and investing it in gold mines overseas and especially w/o collateral and 1mil in the hole? Discovery channel is part of this scam, create a show and go ask for INVESTORS Money? That is a good idea. Come on people u can tell this two retards were most of the times high in drugs, look at their eye pupils, especially the day of the robbery this guy snored to much coke that was dripping all the time, and look at their faces when entering the car he was almost laughing, really baaaaad actors, shame on u guys, at least u have the bar of gold that apparently was stolen and some investors cash to cover some debt, I dont believe that and feel sorry for u guys, u make us real estate agents and realtor brokers look bad, not all the real estate agents are like this two, people don’t fall for this again, what a waste of my time....

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Too much negative feedback! This show is great in my opinion scripted or not. I find this show hugely entertaining mostly in part of the adversity and constant failures that plague these guys. Plus its a cool look into the lives of African jungle miners. So everyone pointing out how dumb and stupid the show and people involved are should really learn how to spell! lol you guys come off looking like a group of illiterate tards trying to sound smart.

Submitted by ivan (not verified) on
if its fake? well..its obiously cause who is that stupid like theese guys are.and the scenery is the same as seen on other fake shows so the producers are also as stupid in this show.just watced the serie and its so full of producing mistakes as hardcore pawn so i think its funny..not entertaining:O)..ps.if theyre attaced by the chineese..why were the chineese have microphones on them??oops:O) just funny

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
It sure seemed fake to me. First the camera crew were in the car with George and Scott as they were bragging about the deal to get the gold bar, then they are in the car behind. And why would both Scott and George get out of the car to move a few tree branches on the road. Can't believe even those two buffoons would be that stupid. PErsonally, I found the entire series reprehensible. The arrogance of those guys to think they can go to someone else's country, dig up a million bucks worth of gold and then go home. Just like that. The worst aspect was the way they stood by while the locals were refining the gold with mercury. I noticed neither of them got their hands dirty with that one. The more the show went on, the less I liked the pair. I was quite glad to see them fail. Hope we don't see them on the screen again.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Well congratulations! Do you feel better having seen them fail? Does it make you feel less bad about being a nobody posting on a forum that nobody cares about. They were on TV for a season and from the looks of things had a great time doing it. You sat in your mother's basement and watched them on her television. Success is in the eye of the beholder. I would rather fail at finding the money on TV, but I moved out of my parents house at 18, you should do the same.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Well congratulations! Do you feel better having seen them fail? Does it make you feel less bad about being a nobody posting on a forum that nobody cares about. They were on TV for a season and from the looks of things had a great time doing it. You sat in your mother's basement and watched them on her television. Success is in the eye of the beholder. I would rather fail at finding the money on TV, but I moved out of my parents house at 18, you should do the same.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
You're the loser - you even made the same post onto the "forum that nobody cares about" not once but twice! And how do you explain your witticism that "success is in the eye of the beholder" in this case? How can those two idiots possible construe anything that happened in that programme as success. They've just made themselves look like even bigger fools than they actually are, so there goes any credibility they might have had in the future. Judging from the rest of the comments on this forum, I think most of the other posters here would agree.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Wow, congrats carry in your negativity, I am aware that I posted it twice because I had to refresh the screen as I was loading it. Sorry man, made a mistake. I'm sure you have made your share of those. Keep being kind and hating others for their success. It will continue to serve you well my friend.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
And by the way I never called you a loser, but from your exuberant reaction I can see I hit a nerve. Tell your mom hi for me. And please forgive me for hitting refresh and causing it to post my comment twice

Submitted by Patrick (not verified) on
This was the most fake program ever on discovery I will have to think about what else is FAKE on that channel now, always looked at it as a factual channel

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Yeah it seems to stretch the truth to sensationalize it. But isn't that what all reality TV does? Some more than others.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
risking their life an spening SO MUCH money for that?? stupid... better chance to win by betting in Vegas.. really! worst businessmen I've seen. it only shows how to made bankruptcy...

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I find all of these comments very funny. I have known George for years, in fact, my bills are sitting in the piles along with others. If you look at the model of these shows, you will find Discovery wants people down in their luck trying to improve by some means. It is working perfectly for Gold Rush Alaska, their number one rated show, and Jungle Gold, their number 2 rated show... George has a great heart, wants to do the best for his family, and is in a lot of debt. The producers want to get good ratings and are producing a show that is doing that. George did fail in real estate and has spent 3 years trying to make Africa work. I watched the shows and was entertained. One would be foolish to think it is all real, but George told me before the tv deal of the problems they face every day. I hope all goes well for him and his family. They are good people.

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