Jungle Gold season finale leaves fans wondering, "Is this show fake?"

After watching George and Scott being held up on Discovery Channel's hit series Jungle Gold, fans are asking more loudly than ever, "Is this show even real?"

After a desperate attempt to make some quick cash, Jungle Gold stars George and Scott found themselves more broke than ever and back in Utah—and fans are asking, “Is this whole show fake?”

George Wright VI and Scott Lomu arrived in Ghana $1 million in debt, determined to dig up some of the golden millions that, supposedly, are so plentiful and, in their minds, at least, easy to access. They quickly found that perhaps the ease with which one can become a multi-millionaire in Ghana is overrated, and perhaps more of a fairytale than reality. After spending $150,000 and losing one investor, the two found a second investor who was able to front them a smaller amount--$40,000—but that amount was just enough to get the two in even more trouble, it turned out in the end.

Another Quick-Cash Scheme

What seems to get George and Scott in trouble is their constant scheming to find a shortcut. Get a job? Work hard? Doesn’t seem to be in their game plan. Rather, the two would prefer to find a scheme to get them some quick cash, pay off their debts, and have plenty left over to support what has been, it appears, to be the lucrative lifestyle to which they have become accustomed. Sure, owing a lot of money would lead one, naturally, to look for ways to make a lot of money to pay it back as quickly as possible—but gold mining in Africa?

Perhaps not the best scheme for amateurs to turn quick cash.

Black Market Gold Disaster

Desperate and on the verge of finding themselves back in Utah to face their wives regarding how broke they are now, the two developed another scheme to flip a bar of black-market gold for some serious money. Of course, the plan required them to meet an unknown buyer back in the bush and give him their remaining cash--$35,000—with no guarantee that the gold was even real, or that either of them would make it out of the bush alive. But, again, desperate people will do desperate, crazy, sometimes dumb things, and these two were desperate.

And they did a really dumb thing.

Not only did Scott and George take all $35,000 of their remaining cash into the bush and give it to some unknown guy for a bar of what may or may not have been gold, they found themselves the victim of an armed robbery on their way out—guess it was gold, because those guys wanted it back. Huliq readers have had a lot to say on the subject:

  • Anonymous: "The name for this show is all wrong... it should be called jungle dummies."
  • Anonymous: "Seriously, these guys didn't see this coming? First thing I would have done was switch the gold into a different bag or hid it in the truck (and brought weapons or armed body guards) that's a ton of $...wow, if these guys go back, they'll be killed because they're really not very bright..."
  • Mike Rios: "I would never have stopped for a road block that wasn't there 10 minutes earlier. The only thing these guys know about the criminal element is what they have in a video game at home. They were advertising, 'Please Rob Us.'"
  • HitWhit1: "Either this show is COMPLETELY fake OR these guys are the dumbest bags of pretty-boy hair EVER."

Which hits on another question: How much of this show is fake?

Fact or Fiction?

It seems unlikely that ALL of this show is factual—somebody would be hurt or worse by now, with all that has happened throughout the season. And, the camera crew just follows along behind, whatever the situation, even on a back-bush gold deal gone bad, with no one noticing that they are even there with their cameras and other equipment. But, when it comes down to it, does it really matter how fake it is? As several Huliq readers have pointed out, it still makes for good TV, which viewers must agree with, because the ratings for this show have steadily grown as the season progressed. Although an official announcement has not yet been made by Discovery Channel, there is little doubt that Scott and George will get a shot at a second season, if they are interested—and why wouldn’t they be? As Huliq reader WillyGold pointed out:

Dumb? Clueless? Really?

Watch and learn. Jungle Gold will be back for season 2 because of its record-breaking ratings. These two will get a very lucrative contract from the Discovery Channel. If they take every bit of gold they find in season 2 and flush it down the toilet, they'll still end up as millionaires. The rest of us should be so "dumb" and "clueless".

So, George and Scott are now back in Utah, $300,000 more in debt than they were when they initially arrived in Ghana. But, will they end up as millionaires when it is all said and done? Depends, one would guess, on whether or not their 15 minutes really does reach beyond the small screen into book deals and other opportunities, as contracts for reality “stars” are notoriously minimal. But, it could happen. And, you never know, they could luck into some real gold in Season Two of Jungle Gold. Okay, it’s not likely, but it could happen.

Stay tuned.

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Comments

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I watched the episode last night and yes the show is fake. Thanks Discovery for killin my Friday night. No way in the world would Discovery let those two schmucks go into the jungle with 35k. So I say fess up to th BS or please don't put the show on next season.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I'm callin BS

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Honestly I am boggled by the actors. Either they are REALLY dumb or REALLY smart.

Submitted by ricothesilvermouse (not verified) on
yea i agree them 2 are morons they would have been better off to have meet the hermens hermit guy 1st. then to deal with every person that said they have gold .i could have done what they done an would not have been robbed by some shady african mugger. what a couple of puttzezzzzzz.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
They were driving a Land Rover! I would have driven over the pile of sticks and not stopped.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Driving the Land Rover over those branches...Excellent Point...

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
All it would have taken is a little research before they dove head-first into their exotic pursuit for wealth. They were so desperate to turn 35k into 55+ to get involved with the other guy. They had that and much more when they started in Ghana. Ask questions, ressearch, study, THEN open your wallet, not vice versa. Their wives seemed pretty pacified. Weird.

I don't know ... if you watch their faces, they look like they are ready to go off on them, to me, but they are trying to act nice b/c they know they are on camera ... LOL

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
why I owned my buiss manufacturing commercial juice extractors people who met me dint believe it till they saw for themselves the shop the products etc the web site and then they just seemed to be jealous when they did know especially when they found out how much I was making, people are small unbelieving jealously rods that being said I noticed some pretty genuine emotions not acting he was exactly like a square guy scoring coke for the first time in a bad neighborhood no chance these guys are that good of actors additionally there is not one thing that is not in line with what really goes on, folks just imagine "if it wasn't fake they,d be killed by now" but in reality if that were true then even if it were fake these same supposedly for sure going to kill them people if the show were not fake would kill them regardless so yes theres lots of danger but that jacking was classic for the hood they should have stopped off in Compton and brought scary thugs with them held accountable by American laws as citizen's abroad but only that along with not talking to the dude so rudely when you passed the spot may have helped like not acting rude I think the dude felt disrespected by white-y but may have planned to jack them anyway, killing an American is voodoo screw you could get authoritys to actually act they may hold back for that reason as well but you know thugs on average do allot more robbing than killing

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I think you extracted all, if any juice out of your brain!! Wow! These guys are idiots looking for a quick and easy buck.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
why I owned my buiss manufacturing commercial juice extractors people who met me dint believe it till they saw for themselves the shop the products etc the web site and then they just seemed to be jealous when they did know especially when they found out how much I was making, people are small unbelieving jealously rods that being said I noticed some pretty genuine emotions not acting he was exactly like a square guy scoring coke for the first time in a bad neighborhood no chance these guys are that good of actors additionally there is not one thing that is not in line with what really goes on, folks just imagine "if it wasn't fake they,d be killed by now" but in reality if that were true then even if it were fake these same supposedly for sure going to kill them people if the show were not fake would kill them regardless so yes theres lots of danger but that jacking was classic for the hood they should have stopped off in Compton and brought scary thugs with them held accountable by American laws as citizen's abroad but only that along with not talking to the dude so rudely when you passed the spot may have helped like not acting rude I think the dude felt disrespected by white-y but may have planned to jack them anyway, killing an American is voodoo screw you could get authoritys to actually act they may hold back for that reason as well but you know thugs on average do allot more robbing than killing

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
That's to funny because I was reading his post and said to myself"how the hell did this guy go into business in the first place". He's about as smart as Scott and George.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
That's a typographical error. "GOOD GRIEF" Have you never had a typo before?? GET REAL. (Have I spelled everything correctly,this time?)

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Thank you, kind sir, for your defense, against, yet another lighting rod of jealousy.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Thank you, kind sir, for your defense, against, yet another lighting rod of jealousy.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Thank you, kind sir, for your defense, against, yet another lighting rod of jealousy.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Thank you, kind sir, for your defense, against, yet another lighting rod of jealousy.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Thank you, kind sir, for your defense, against, yet another lighting rod of jealousy.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Thank you, kind sir, for your defense, against, yet another lighting rod of jealousy.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Thank you, kind sir, for your defense, against, yet another lighting rod of jealousy.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Thank you, kind sir, for your defense, against, yet another lighting rod of jealousy.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Thank you, kind sir, for your defense, against, yet another lighting rod of jealousy.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Thank you, kind sir, for your defense, against, yet another lighting rod of jealousy.

Submitted by dpb1003 (not verified) on
im gettin pi==== with discovery every time theres an ad break discovery tells everyone that its FACTUAL CHANNEL OF THE YEAR well what about JUNGLE GOLD or that other shitty show THE DEVILS RIDE.FACTUAL MY ASS

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Thank you, kind sir, for your defense, against, yet another lighting rod of jealousy.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
The comma in between correctly and this time makes it sound kinda funny.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Your two funny

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
This programme is for sure a set up to create anger in people. There is no doubt that Scott and co are smart dummies with better and smarter thinking faculty than their so called investors. My only advice is that no one with any eye sight is suppose to watch it. By the way, are the sponsors happy wasting their money?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
it's not the only "reality show" that being put under the microscope. it's fake, to idiots driving around in a police range rover? not surplus check the licence plate.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
If he was ever a business owner and he was on television as he stated,why would he even care what any of us had to say? In his first sentence he talked about being a business owner in the past tense. The people who get on the internet and brag about money to total strangers either have a complex or they believe their own stories. I like how he included the people that were jealous when they found out how much money he was making. Are you related to Scott and George?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
This was in response to #10 Where the F#$& is the punctuation? (1st page).

Submitted by Buzz (not verified) on
You have two quotation marks and one comma in that whole rant. You write like Scott and George mine for gold.. Badly!!

Submitted by English Prof. (not verified) on
I can't believe you just wrote all that crap without a single period. How is anyone supposed to make sense out of what you've written? What is "dint" on the first line? Not even a spell checker could work with this. As a successful "buiss" man, take a few bucks out of your stash and go back to school for some readin' & writin' lessons, because you sure aren't talking the same language as the rest of us!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
You are a perfect example of a complete moron, weighing in on the things that do Not matter as if they do and weighing in on all that is dust and meaningless as if it is important, it is obvious that you have no peace or joy and that you think putting others down makes you look powerful, need I say more? It is true that had you been in my presence making those disrespectful remarks I would instantly knock your tiny dick into the dirt with 1 quick move and when your fingers are all being bent backward you’d think to yourself, I guess I won’t be able to type, yeah my buiss is still rocking in NY now and I’m not married to $ like you’d like to be, I’ve given more than you’ll ever make, you mental midget life suck.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
You commented about their wives, well I assume that they are both Mormon because they live in Utah and both have a bunch of kids already. So, with the wives being pacified as you say, that comes hand in hand with being a mormon wife, basically the man is in charge and makes all the decisions in the religion.

Submitted by Ameer (not verified) on
somewhat i agree with you i dont know whether show is real or fake but if someone is putting thier life and money upto something then he should first make sure to secure it by anymeans. Being in ghana with 150,000$ having no security measures going everywhere bare hand and backfull of money totally sound stupid to me. Truly i want to see season 2 of this but if they are coming they should be coming with some handguns and road ploughs so nothing can come in their way...

Submitted by Ameer (not verified) on
somewhat i agree with you i dont know whether show is real or fake but if someone is putting thier life and money upto something then he should first make sure to secure it by anymeans. Being in ghana with 150,000$ having no security measures going everywhere bare hand and backfull of money totally sound stupid to me. Truly i want to see season 2 of this but if they are coming they should be coming with some handguns and road ploughs so nothing can come in their way...

Submitted by Ameer (not verified) on
somewhat i agree with you i dont know whether show is real or fake but if someone is putting thier life and money upto something then he should first make sure to secure it by anymeans. Being in ghana with 150,000$ having no security measures going everywhere bare hand and backfull of money totally sound stupid to me. Truly i want to see season 2 of this but if they are coming they should be coming with some handguns and road ploughs so nothing can come in their way...

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
THESE TWO BETTER FIGURE OUT SOME NEW GET RICH QUICK SCAMS TO PAY OFF ALL THEIR IMPENDING CHILD SUPPORT PAYMENTS . HOPE THEIR KIDS DONT TURN OUT ANYTHING LIKE THE PARENTS , OTHERWISE THEY'LL MOST DEFINITELY BE BORN WITHOUT ANY COMMON SENSE WHAT SO EVER .

Submitted by Skully (not verified) on
Ive been watchin rhis show and its gotta be the worst acting ever first of all u got 75k in gold and a 4x4 jeep u could run over fire logs my car would go threw that and why would they both get out discovery just ruined this show plus these guys are morons and they make no sense send the pretty boy in not the fighter please

Submitted by wright (not verified) on
i have watched every show that was on. great show how two regular guys can get the invest ment and hit up on doing something like this. i saying now this last episode sad what happend to their score there has to be more to that.not much they can do on what happend it was illegal any way had to have happend with some one on the inside a buddy set up to hit them in that way to show their investorsand the world the got held up for there gold .... but then again hell if i know it had happend so fast and thats it done why did the show start any way? could have been better they should have made it out of their trouble ...sure would like to know what had happend to the two after the fact whats going on now with scott and george

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
This show is total BS and staged. This is nothing less than a fraud on viewers.

Submitted by Jim G - Jersey City (not verified) on
I went into the show with an open mind. As the season went on, I felt less and less sorry for these idiots and it became obvious how and why they lost millions in real estate -- they are stupid, get-rich-quick, lazy-ass losers. Just like real estate, they are schemers and scammers. I do hope the show is real because jungle justice was served when they were robbed.

Submitted by Buzz (not verified) on
And one more thing.. They are making the locals use Mercury.. That, alone, should taint any success they may achieve.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I agree. When I saw that I was pretty shocked. They even admit its controversial to use mercury, then go on justifiying it by saying there is no other way. There is they just dont have the money to seperate the gold safely.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Those guys are the biggest d-bag tools. How can they ever show their face back at the country club where they waste all their effort and cash trying to keep up with the joneses

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
LOL..I totally agree with your comment. But what cracks me up the most is that moments before the deal was done, one of the Dumb and Dumber said and I quote "Is that guy stupid? Does he think I would bring all of our money into the jungle?", the answer is YES, you imbecile, you did bring all your cash into the bush and got robbed. And who in their right mind would leave a bar of gold in the backpack and leave it in the car while removing the "road block". I understand that most of the "reality TV shows" are staged and scripted, but taking it this far is just an insult to the audience. They would have a much safer life style dealing cocaine in the hoods. (Discovery try that as a show). Dumb and Dumber selling rocks in Compton.

Submitted by mistified (not verified) on
doubt they could look anyone in the eye here at home and say they made an honest buck. Not just becuase they try useing uneducated Africans on a bi momently basis, but because they faked a gold hiest so they could bring some of their investers money home to their wives so they will still have wives for next season right on National/World TV. They seem to lack humility at least while on camera. That from the camera angle seems to be their biggist problem.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
This show is complete BS!!! If they lived in the jungle for 4 months they would be skinny as hell not all buff !!!! Discovery Channel is loosing credebility with me ! Go back to the states guys and get a job at Taco Bell and take care of your families !!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
yep who would go in the jungle with 35k and no gun or back up ..come on it is on TV they got robbed nice move..now they got 35k tax free and the rest of the gold they sneaked away..lol.. very smart guys..

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Same. I thought that this was interesting at first. But as I watch, I'm tired of the crap... I feel the same way with Gold Rush Alaska - setup and too much. I enjoy these programs for what they teach us, not for the drama...

Submitted by CANADAFAN (not verified) on
TO ALL THE PEOPLE WHO SAY THIS SHOW IS FAKE: COMEON... DID IT EVER OCCUR TO YOU BIG MOUTHS THAT THESE GUYS ARE DESPERATE TO KEEP THEIR BIG HOUSES AND FAMILIES IN TACT IN UTAH. THESE MEN DECIDED TO DO A GOLD MINING PROJECT THINKING THAT IT WOULD BE EASIER THAN IT WAS,,, AND BE FILMED FOR MONEY ALSO. A VERY GOOD PLAN, BUT THEY HAVE SURE EARNED THEIR MONEY GOING TO GHANA!!! ALL THE SCAMMING THEY HAVE BEEN PUT THRU,,,THE HEAT AND THE CROOKS OVER THERE PLUS THE MUD AND HARD WORK... THESE MEN SHOULD BE COMMENDED FOR GOING OVER THERE AND IF THEY ARE GETTING PAID BY DISCOVERY... IT IS LIKELY NOT ENOUGH AS THEY COULD LOOSE THEIR LIVES.... THE GHANA FOLKS ARE THE DANGEROUS ONES,....I GIVE THESE MEN FULL POINTS FOR THEIR EFFORTS AND THE CAMERA CREW ALSO. IT IS A VERY GOOD SHOW ---- JUST PLACE YOURSELF IN THEIR SHOES... NO JOBS IN THE USA..THAT CAN PAY THEM WELL. THIS SHOW IS REAL... JUST YOU FAKE CALLERS GO OVER AND SEE FOR YOURSELF... GIVE SCOTT AND GEORGE SOME CREDIT!! VERY GOOD SHOW LOOKING FORWARD TO NEXT SEASON.... SOON!!! THANKS

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
There is no way on Earth that real investors would spend another dime on these two. Not to mention they were video taped lying to the guy they hit up about testing the site. In the real world I don't think you would do that on TV. They spend thousands on rock crushers and try it for one day. Didn't they even recoup money for the machines?! Lol. They hire an outside mechanic when they already have one then fire him when they're ready to move? But is it just me or is Discoveries "formula" for these shows freakin annoying?? Seriously?! I don't need a reminder of what I just saw 2 minutes ago!! And if you are going to run commercials every 2 minutes, CHANGE THEM! Damn! Need to see the same freakin moonshiners commercial every break? Not me. Oh, and cutting to commercial right when something "dramatic" is about to happen, have something dramatic happen! Lol, they cut right before someone sneezes then, reminds you that someone was going to sneeze, then, finally, they don't sneeze. Lol. I'm going to watch on the Internet and condense these shows into 5 minutes of actual progress.

Submitted by WillyGold (not verified) on
"No way real investors would spend another dime on these two." How about Discovery Channel investing a few hundred thousand on them in order to make several million dollars of advertising revenue during season 2? Don't you think that's possible? It's a deal I would take. This isn't about gold, it's about entertainment. This investment would be on top of whatever huge salary the network is paying these guys.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
If they announce a season 2 and state that these two losers are getting a second chance to run around doing everything except find gold soley off the money Discovery is giving them, then yes. But that kind of kills the whole idea that there is any pressure on them to succeed. Who cares if they lose 5k on a broken machine, get more money from the producers. BUT, maybe just maybe they could actually have an episode finally where the narrator doesn't say, "this could mean the end of their quest for Ghana gold". Seriously, they get a flat tire and the narrator is announcing that, still one million in debt and losing all their investors money, this flat tire could send them packing, without Ghana gold

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
If they announce a season 2 and state that these two losers are getting a second chance to run around doing everything except find gold soley off the money Discovery is giving them, then yes. But that kind of kills the whole idea that there is any pressure on them to succeed. Who cares if they lose 5k on a broken machine, get more money from the producers. BUT, maybe just maybe they could actually have an episode finally where the narrator doesn't say, "this could mean the end of their quest for Ghana gold". Seriously, they get a flat tire and the narrator is announcing that, still one million in debt and losing all their investors money, this flat tire could send them packing, without Ghana gold

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
There is no way any of this show is real. Going to make the deal the camera guy was in the back seat, they were talking to to him/her, than their in a different vehicle. When leaving you can see a motorcycle in front of them, but at the road block no motorcycle. The so called road block was so small they could have just drove over it (like the I guess the motorcycle did) but no they stop, get out of the vehicle, and it's DUH "where did this come from" and get robbed. There is more truth in WWE than this show and there is no truth at all in WWE.

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