Last night on Ghost Hunters, founding member of TAPS, Grant Wilson, announced he is leaving the show due to unstated “personal” reasons.
“Eight years has put stress on us..in various ways..and..over the course of awhile…Jay and I have been talking..And….its been a very difficult decision to make..but..I’m going to be leaving Ghost Hunters.
So..Its just time for me to back off..step aside..and..no one has done anything wrong to push me there by any means….its tough..a tough decision to make..
But its not the end..its not goodbye..I still have a few more cases that I will be working with you…and I appreciate the support.”
Source: Ghost TV Blog
This show is a disaster but it made paranormal stars out of Grant and Jason who successfully tour to sold out crowds around the country.
In watching the Twitter feed last night during the announcement, I came across comments from fans of the show who were devastated. This show has had an impact on the way people view ghosts. I don’t have hard data but I suspect it has influenced the degree of belief in ghosts and promoted a misunderstanding of how science is done. I have data that shows that ghost hunting groups, following the TAPS lead, have exploded in numbers and participants. That’s bad because they are sorely mislead by this manufactured TV show and their antics. I would not be disappointed to see this show end but I wonder if there is a lesson here about fame and life. Is it worth doing this when you are not true to yourself and others? Maybe Grant will write a tell-all one day. But, I’d be skeptical about the reveal.