If you're going to revive a classic as cool as Ripley's Believe It or Not!, there isn't a better host than Bruce Campbell. The man is a true legend in the horror genre, and he knows a thing or two about dominating the small screen with a presence that's nearly as big as his chin.
Bruce Campbell has officially signed onto host the updated version of the docu-series Ripley's Believe It or Not! The show will be returning on the Travel Channel, as it traces the globe looking for the weird and supernatural occurrences that have proven to be true in our current plain of reality.
Bruce Campbell will make his debut on Ripley's Believe It or Not! sometime in 2019. He has a lot to live up to in reviving the legendary syndicated show. Previous hosts have included Superman himself, Dean Cain, and former teen sensation Marie Osmond. But none of them compare to Oscar Winner Jack Palance, who will certainly be giving Bruce Campbell a run for his money, but we believe in Bruce, and if anyone was going to go toe to toe with the legacy of one-armed push-ups master Palance, it's definitely Campbell.
Bruce Campbell ventured into the heart of Time Square on New Year's Eve this past Monday, where he confirmed the big news with a trip to the Ripley's attraction located in New York. Campbell had this to say about winning the gig.
"As an actor, I've always been drawn towards stuff that's a little more out there, a little more fantastical. As a kid, I read the Ripley books. I saw the TV shows. So, I'm here to announce officially, once and for all, just blowing into town to tell you that we're officially bringing back Ripley as a television show. I'm hosting for the Travel Channel."
Bruce Campbell made a name for himself on the big screen starring in the Evil Dead series, playing Ash Williams. He brought the character to Starz for epic horror series Ash Vs. The Evil Dead, which lasted for three amazing seasons. After the show was canceled before its time, Bruce claimed he was retiring Ash Williams for good, but fans are hoping they'll see Bruce return somewhere down the road. He's already been confirmed to lend his voice to a new Evil Dead video game.
While Bruce Campbell has had a cool career starring in crazy horror movies like Maniac Cop and Bubba Ho-Tep, he's also carved out quite the niche on the small screen. He starred in the cult favorite TV western The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr., played Ed Billik on the sitcom Ellen, had a fan-favorite recurring role as Autolycus on Xena: Warrior Princess and headlined the series Jack of All Trades. His most prominent TV role came in the hugely popular USA series Burn Notice, playing Sam Axe. Ripley's Believe It Or Not! will be the first time he's hosted his own reality series.
Days before Bruce Campbell made it official with his big announcement from the heart of Times Square on New Year's Eve, Ripley's teased the hosting gig on social media. They claimed they had a 'very exciting announcement' coming in the new year. Campbell himself backed that up by simply stating, 'Believe it!'