Chantz Meadows was in Auburn last night doing something he could never do in the Amazon jungle: wearing his Auburn shirt—or at least wearing it the right way.
“Man, that was the biggest problem I had down there,” says Meadows, speaking about his time filming the first season of “Bamazon”, a History Channel series that documents eight out-of-work Alabama construction workers “risking everything they’ve got on a long-shot chance to find gold in the Amazon jungle.”
(Yep, it’s pretty much the best premise for a reality show ever.)
The now not-so-out-of-work construction workers were at Auburn’s Oyster Bar on Friday, drinking beers and signing autographs to promote the show’s season finale, which airs Sunday at 9 p.m. (CST).
“I had a shirt with the biggest AU you’ve seen but I had to flip it inside out,” he says. “The guy said ‘you gotta do something with that,’ the producer. They were like, lose the logos.”
Meadows says he might not have had a problem with the policy had it been equally applied.
“As you can see, the Bama fans got to sport their colors.”
Cast member John Wilson is frequently seen in a University of Alabama hat on the show; he’s even wearing it in his profile photo on the show’s website.
“The UA was apparently OK to wear on screen but not the AU,” Meadows says.
Meadows is a lifelong Auburn fan. His father graduated from Auburn in the 1970s.
“I threw a fit out there a couple of times, I threw a fit for not getting to wear my Auburn colors.”
Next time might be a different story—if there is a next time. Meadows says History Channel execs are considering sending the “Bamazon” crew back into the jungle for a second season if the ratings are right.”
“And then, boom, I’ll just get an Auburn tattoo,” he says, laughing. “What are you going to do now?”
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