Why was Gus Kenworthy not allowed to return to Special Forces: World’s Toughest Test?

SPECIAL FORCES: WORLD'S TOUGHEST TEST: Gus Kenworthy in the “Courage” episode of SPECIAL FORCES: WORLD'S TOUGHEST TEST airing Wednesday, Feb. 15 (9:00-10:00PM ET/PT) on FOX. CR: Pete Dadds / FOX ©2023 FOX Media LLC.
SPECIAL FORCES: WORLD'S TOUGHEST TEST: Gus Kenworthy in the “Courage” episode of SPECIAL FORCES: WORLD'S TOUGHEST TEST airing Wednesday, Feb. 15 (9:00-10:00PM ET/PT) on FOX. CR: Pete Dadds / FOX ©2023 FOX Media LLC. /
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If you’ve been tuning in to Special Forces: World’s Toughest Test on FOX, then you know exactly how challenging this reality series is. The celebrity contestants truly are put through the wringer. And in the last episode, Gus Kenworthy went through a brutal experience.

The Feb. 15, 2023 episode, “Courage” saw the former Olympic skier with his remaining fellow contestants – Hannah Brown, Jamie Lynn Spears, Mel B, Danny Amendola, Kate Gosselin, Montell Jordan, Nastia Liukin, Anthony Scaramucci, Kenya Moore, Dr. Drew Pinsky, Tyler Florence, Dwight Howard, Carli Lloyd, Beverley Mitchell, and Mike Piazza – as they faced being set on fire, heat, obstacles, and more.

During the episode, titled “Courage,” there was a scary moment for Kenworthy and viewers. And this is what forced the contestant to exit the competition series.

Why was Gus Kenworthy not allowed to return to Special Forces: World’s Toughest Test?

We see Kenworthy have an allergic reaction and because of this, he goes into anaphylactic shock. In an interview with Out, the contestant said no one knows what exactly triggered his allergic reaction. However, he referenced a tank of water all the competitors jumped in that may have been the reason.

The tank was sitting in over 100 degree weather, had been sitting out all day, and it wasn’t clean water, Kenworthy tells the outlet. He suspects he accidentally swallowed some of the bacteria-infested water which could have caused his allergic reaction. When he went into anaphylaxis, the doctor gave him epinephrine.

Kenworthy said even after the scare, he was ready to jump back into the competition. However, the show did not allow him to do so. He told Out:

"Basically, they said that the risk is that you can go back into a repeat anaphylaxis within 24 hours. They just didn’t give me a choice. I wasn’t allowed to go back in, I went to the hospital and had to spend the night for observation for 24 hours and then I flew home."

Though he was ready to go back into the brutal conditions, we’re happy for Kenworthy’s sake that the show is not letting him back. Health first, everyone!

Episode 9 will air Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2023 at 9 p.m. ET on FOX. “Survival” will see the final group try to go behind enemy lines without being captured. The recruits will learn the “tough lessons” of survival, leadership, and how to “decipher a map,” per the synopsis.

Special Forces: World’s Toughest Test airs Wednesday nights on FOX.

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