[To those happening to come here wondering about Dave, you might also be interested in what’s coming up in season 4, and how Cody was fired after the fourth episode. See Dual Survival Season 4 Starts Tonight.]
A lot of people still wonder why Dave Canterbury was replaced by Joe Teti on Dual Survival. While there were plenty of hints out there about exaggerating his resume, Dave had now created a video in which he apologizes for doing so.
I had dug up some old screenshots in which Dave exaggerated. This was what was on his website in 2008.
And this was the modified one from 2010.
Dave really wasn’t a sniper (just had a bit of sniper training) and other things in there just weren’t true. Here is Dave’s apology, which he uploaded on January 3.
I think it is a good apology, and he seems genuinely sincere.
At this stage of things with Joe Teti, I tend to prefer Dave—Dave has real backwoods survival skills, while Joe is mainly badass military.
I find I am not overly offended by Dave’s deception in his resume, particularly when I see the sorts of deception and scripting that the producers of Dual Survival do. (See, e.g., my blog entry Dual Survival Deception.) Yeah, I guess that’s standard for these types of survival shows, but more and more I’m starting to see the seams of how it is produced, and that distracts me from the show.
The producers could have kept Dave, but from my reading elsewhere, they were already wanting somebody more militarily badass, and this did give them an excuse to dump Dave and find Joe Teti, who is the real thing when it comes to the military. Joe, as they continually note, has a lot of special ops experience (which, I note, may not translate into survival much at all, since special ops forces are well-supported in the field). But the producers wanted to really contrast their dual survivalists, so in came Joe Teti.
I also know that a lot of folks are pissed at Joe. According to folks who work with Cody, a lot of that is ginned up. It turns out that the conflict is better at generating ratings (or so the producers think). As one of Cody’s contacts on his Facebook page put it:
[Cody and Joe] actually get along really well. The conflict is cut in by the editors. Out of Hours, hours and hours of film they find the only conflict the two men have had and cut it in. Sadly a lot of good skills end up in the trash.
Sure, Joe is still a bit green when it comes to survivalist skills, but he’s coming along. And they’ve got him to do the more dangerous stuff.