‘Special Forces: World’s Toughest Test’ Dr. Drew Pinsky Was Forced To Get Naked On Camera
Dr. Drew revealed that he didn’t know what he was getting himself into when he signed up for Fox’s Special Forces: World’s Toughest Test.
While promoting the survival-themed show, which premieres on January 4, Dr. Drew said that his experience filming in the Middle East was “traumatic.” Pinsky explained, “Not traumatic in the sense that I was damaged by it, but traumatic in the sense that it was indelibly etched.”
Dr.Drew is cast alongside other celebrities including, Mel B, Hannah Brown, Kate Gosselin, Jamie Lynn Spears, Gus Kenworthy, Nastia Liukin, Dwight Howard, Beverley Mitchell, and Real Housewives of Atlanta’s Kenya Moore.
While talking to The U.S Sun, the Teen Mom host said the staff would come at them with tasks and demands that pointed out their “shortfalls, and then they would punish everybody.”
Pinsky added, “You know, they stripped our clothes off at one point. I had to stand there naked, and then they threw us in a tank. And some people didn’t swim and we had to pull each other out.” The 64-year-old said the most intense thing he did while filming was “diving backwards out of a helicopter into the Red Sea from two-and-a-half stories up.”
The celebrity participants were led by an elite team of ex-special forces operatives, Rudy Reyes, Mark “Billy” Billingham, Jason ‘Foxy’ Fox, and Remi Adeleke. Dr.Drew called them the “scariest guys on Earth,” but said they helped make the show “the most extraordinary television ever created.”
Dr. Drew said that being on the show was a rewarding experience and he walked away feeling like he wasn’t old. “I was in denial about being old and whining about that. And so, this was like, “Oh, I get it. These are my limitations.”
He continued, “I’m about as good as this age you could possibly be. And I’m cool with that … Now I feel great about [my age] and I also changed how I work out and stuff. I’m doing more cardio, more pushups, more running, more of the stuff we were doing out in the desert.” In the interview, the addiction specialist shared what he did to get ready before the cast landed in the Middle East.
The TV personality said that prior to the two-week training for the show, he had been feeling a bit “crappy.”
“At that point, I’d had multiple episodes of diverticulitis. I had a long Covid. I was feeling old and whiny, and I wasn’t feeling myself. So I went out and I started training to see if I could respond to what I thought would be the reasonable amount of training to do this thing that they were describing,” he said. Drew continued, “And I started putting, you know, weight packs on (of 35-40 pounds of rocks) and running hills and sprinting. And I felt better, I felt great.”
Due to the extreme experience filming the show, the Teen Mom doctor said they are still being checked on by staff to make sure they’re okay. Drew also noted that on day one, everyone was in shock when they realized what they had just gotten themselves into. “The first day you got sort of rice and like a stew, but as time went on, it went down to a rotten banana and an apple. So it was more and more and more restricted. towards the end, you don’t sleep or eat. You’re at war — it’s special ops training.”
In the trailer for the upcoming series, Kate Gosselin breaks down in tears as she cries, “I want to do this so bad …” President of Alternative Entertainment & Specials for FOX, Rob Wade, said the show will put celebrities through “the purest and most authentic test of endurance” that he has ever seen.
He added, “ It’s an eye-opening glimpse into the most intense training in the world and gives a taste of the grit and bravery our armed forces show on a daily basis, which was a life-changing experience for these celebrities.” Unlike other reality shows with similar themes, the celebrity cast won’t be subjected to eliminations. Instead, they will only exit the show if they quit, obtain an injury, or get kicked out.
Check out the dramatic trailer below and tell us if you’ll be watching.
Fox’s Special Forces: World’s Toughest Test premieres January 4, at 8 pm ET, on Fox.
Olivia Davis is a Staff Writer at All About The Tea. Olivia’s hobbies include binging Netflix series, and watching Housewives on Bravo. She graduated from San Francisco State University with a degree in History.