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Was Wil Willis Replaced on 'Forged in Fire'?


Feb. 18 2021, Updated 3:49 p.m. ET

You may have heard of the History Channel show Forged in Fire, but how much do you know about current host Wil Willis? Fans are eagerly anticipating the return of Forged in Fire and have been wondering: what has happened to Wil? 

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Wil's life experiences made him the perfect host for 'Forged in Fire.'

For those unfamiliar with the show, Forged in Fire is a unique glimpse into the past. The show features world-class bladesmiths recreate historical weapons in a competition. There are currently four judges, and Wil is the host. His responsibilities on the show include giving competitors specifications to meet for their blades and offering advice.

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Before he was a television host, Wil was an Army Ranger for four years, and an Air Force Pararescueman (PJ) for 10. He has occasionally spoken about both experiences on his Instagram, detailing the lengthy process of becoming both. Wil was inspired to join the military by his father's own service in the US Army until 1991. 

Wil has previous experience on televisions shows that premiered on the Military Channel, Special Ops and Triggers. The show Forged in Fire was Wil's big break, which only continues to bring him new opportunities, as he is also the host of the spin-off show, Forged in Fire: Beat the Judges

This show encourages previous Forged in Fire champions to face off against one of the four judges for an additional $10,000.

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Was Wil Willis replaced on 'Forged in Fire?

While fans eagerly await the return of Forged in Fire, there are rumored he was replaced as host of the popular History Channel series. 

"Just saw a promo for the upcoming season of Forged in Fire and it said there's a new host. What happened to Wil Willis?" one viewer recently tweeted.

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Another fan was also upset about the switch, adding, "I am disappointed to learn that they got rid of the host Wil Willis. Won’t be the same without him tbh." 

"Watching since the beginning. Enjoyed every show. Waiting for next season. Please don't leave Will," a third chimed in. 

While many television shows halted production due to the pandemic, there might be a good reason Wil had to sit this season out. This past March, he welcomed a child with his wife, artist Krystle Amina!

The host took to Instagram to welcome the birth of his son Flash Orion Willis on March 6, writing, "Docs had to go in for this guy but happy to say he and Momma are doing great!" 

Wil is also a father to two other children from a previous marriage. 

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Despite the two week wait before the next season of Forged in Fire, fans have been having a blast (no pun intended!) re-watching episodes in prep for the next season. In fact, some have even made jokes about a crossover between Forged in Fire and The Mandalorian due to both shows having some skilled blacksmiths. 

We look forward to the return of Forged in Fire, which will take place on November 18, 2020, at 9 p.m. on the History Channel! You can also catch episodes on Hulu. 

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