NBC has indefinitely paused production of its upcoming competition show “Ultimate Slip ’N Slide,” reportedly after multiple people on set came down with diarrhea.
Production on the Simi Valley, California set reportedly stopped after a crew member tested positive for giardia, a parasite that causes diarrheal disease if swallowed.
The Wrap reported Thursday that “up to 40 crew members fell violently ill,” citing a “person with knowledge of the production.” That person said people were “collapsing” and “being forced to run into port-o-potties” due to “awful explosive diarrhea.”
TMZ also cited an anonymous source “close to production” as saying that multiple people were ill with gastrointestinal symptoms.
Hosted by Bobby Moynihan and Ron Funches (neither of whom were infected, a network spokesperson told The Wrap), Ultimate Slip ‘N Slide is described as “fresh take on Wham-O’s iconic 1960s outdoor game” that “takes the spirit of the classic backyard slide and transforms it into a real-life water park full of gigantic slippery rides with the chance to take home a big cash prize,” according to a press release.
A spokesperson for Universal Television Alternative Studios, which is producing the show for NBC, told People that it is “in the process of determining next steps in order to complete production.”
The series is slated to premiere Sunday, Aug. 8, following the Summer Olympics’ closing ceremony. Whether it will make that premiere date now seems to be a bit of a… crapshoot. (We’ll see ourselves out.)
NBC's 'Ultimate Slip 'N Slide' halts production following 'explosive diarrhea' outbreak on set: reportshttps://t.co/zotyjaFpY0— Fox News (@FoxNews) June 12, 2021
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, giardia “spreads easily and can spread from person to person or through contaminated water, food, surfaces, or objects.”
The most common way people get sick is by swallowing contaminated drinking water or recreational water, the website states.