Why Did Kari, Grant, and Tory Leave 'Mythbusters'?


Jul. 26 2019, Updated 12:28 p.m. ET

Why did Kari, Grant, and Tory leave Mythbusters? The popular urban-legend debunking show that's all about showing the scientific method some love went through some pretty radical changes a few years back, but not much is known why the former series regulars made their departure.

Back in 2014, fans were shocked to see that Grant Imahara, Kari Byron, and Tory Belleci wouldn't be returning to the series, which had hit a whopping 11 seasons at that point.

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Why did the popular trio of Grant, Kari, and Tory leave Mythbusters?

The program's executive producer, Dan Tapster, discussed why the three of them left the show. What it all boiled down to was contract negotiations. 

The cost of retaining talent season after season rises and production has to make some hard decisions as to who they can afford to keep on board in order to retain viewership numbers and who they'll have to let go.

Unfortunately, what Grant, Kari, and Tory were asking for was not deemed reasonable by the producers.

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Dan explained the circumstances further: "We were very keen for [Grat, Kari, and Tory] to be a part of the show, we are massive fans of theirs, and what they did over 10 years was phenomenal. There were negotiations, and based on those negotiations, they opted out. It’s a shame for them. It’s a shame for us. But it gave us the opportunity to reinvent the show, which it kind of needed."

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Dan ultimately said that the "shake-up" was good for the series and allowed the production crew to take the program in a different direction. Still, fans felt slighted over losing the trio of supporting characters that they had become so acquainted with over the years. 

Many felt that the three of them also helped to cut the tension between hosts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, who reportedly dislike one another immensely.

The White Rabbit Project reunites the three fan favorites.

Although Grant, Kari, and Tory departed from Mythbusters, that didn't mean they were done working with one another on TV, however. Netflix commissioned a season of a TV show titled the White Rabbit Project

In the show, the three reality TV stars "rank history's greatest inventions, heists, and more..." It was also made by the producers of Mythbusters so it had a familiar feel. 

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White Rabbit Project wasn't renewed for additional seasons, but there are a solid 10 episodes on the streaming platform for science/history buffs to check out right now

What else have Grant, Kari, and Tory been up to after leaving Mythbusters?

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The three TV personalities haven't slowed their roll in the slightest. In addition to White Rabbit Project, Kari and Tory teamed up to host a season of the 2015 show, Thrill Factor. In the series, they toured America to experience some of the most intense rollercoaster and amusement park rides out there. 

Being the nerds they are, they also delved into the science of how the rides work, and how they evoke such "thrilling" reactions.

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Currently, Kari Byron is filming Crash Test World, where she tours the globe looking at new scientific innovations, breakthroughs, and their potential for enriching our planet and species as a whole. It's pretty amazing. 

As for Tory Belleci, most recently he was seen chilling with Grand Tour host Richard Hammond and seems to be keeping himself occupied with various appearances in addition to the two shows he hosted with his other Mythbusters alums.

Grant recently teased that he was filming some "secret content" for Mouser Electronics, so he's still heavily involved in the tech world. He also has a lot of acting credits on his IMDB page: he appeared in Drunk History in 2018, played Sulu in Star Trek Continues from 2013-2017, and even appeared in one of the awesomely bad Sharknado films in 2015.

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Despite leaving the show, much to the chagrin of fans, it seems like Grant, Kari, and Tory have plenty to keep them busy, but to this day there are tons of people who'd like to see the trio reunite with Adam and Jamie. Are you one of them?

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