Bruce Campbell returning to TV as host of Ripley’s Believe It or Not reboot


Fans of Bruce Campbell got three seasons of goodness when The Chin returned on Starz Ash vs. Evil Dead.

However, after Starz canceled the show after three fantastically gory and hilarious seasons, Campbell said he was hanging up the chainsaw and boomstick for good.

However, Campbell fans have nothing to worry about because the man who made killing Deadittes and spouting one-liners cool is returning to TV.

Variety reports that Campbell will be the new host for the reboot of the classic oddities series Ripley’s Believe It or Not on the Travel Channel.

What is Ripley’s Believe it or Not?

Ripley’s Believe It or Not debuted back in 1918 focusing on sports feats but added other strange and unusual items the next year and ended up syndicated by the Associated Newspapers in 1924.

In 1930, it moved to radio where it was a huge success. It also was released as over two dozen film shorts in the early days of sound cinema, with films hitting from 1930 through 1932. Ripley took it off the radio in 1948 to prepare to move it to television.

Ripley hosted the first Believe it or Not TV series in 1949.

After Robert Ripley died in 1949, those who worked with him continued his project. While there were four books published before his death, publication continued with the most recent coming out in 2011. However, that TV series ended in 1950.

Ripley’s Believe it or Not returned in 1982 and aired for four years on ABC and then returned again in 2000 for three more years on TBS.

Bruce Campbell on Ripley’s Believe it or Not

There might not be a better host for Ripley’s Believe it or Not than Bruce Campbell. His sarcastic personality and geek cred should make him the perfect fit for a show about oddities and strange phenomena.

The Travel Channel will air 10 hour-long episodes and will film at the actual Ripley Warehouse in Orlando, Florida.

Bruce Campbell told Variety:

"I’ve always been drawn toward material that is more ‘fantastic’ in nature… because amazing things happen all around the world, we should have no shortage of unbelievable stories to share with a fresh new audience."

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As for the Travel Channel, they said that fans always have a curiosity about the world. The new show will be a “contemporary approach” with “cool facts,” “larger-than-life characters,” history and science.

Bruce Campbell’s new Ripley’s Believe it or Not will air this summer.