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PM eats bugs with Bear Grylls and Rhys Darby

Published: 7:00AM Monday December 03, 2012 Source: ONE News

Prime Minister John Key has eaten a live cricket with one of the world's most recognised faces of adventure.

Key ate the cricket alongside UK adventurer Bear Grylls and comedian Rhys Darby on stage at Grylls' show in Auckland last night.

Grylls told Key "the important thing to do is you have got to crunch it because you don't want it hopping around inside you" before he ate the cricket.

Grylls then gave Key a huhu grub to eat before he sipped on a bottle of water.

Key told TV ONE's Breakfast he was "very briefly" in the audience with his son Max and his wife Bronagh and Grylls must have known he was there.

"He shouted out my name...and just as he was saying it Max was saying 'I wouldn't eat that stuff'.

"So he got me up on stage and I had to eat this cricket, but the worst came when he gave me the huhu grub with a pinch full of live maggots that were wriggling down the back of my throat and then back up again."

Key claimed he might regain one of the points he lost in the latest poll from "Bear Gryll lovers".

A video of the performance, which was well received by the audience, was posted on YouTube last night and has already had more than 1200 views.

Grylls, who is well known for his show Man vs Wild, was performing a two-hour show at Vector Arena.

Grylls shared his experiences of survival in some of the world's toughest jungles, mountains and deserts during the two-hour show.

He performed in Christchurch on November 28, and in Wellington on November 30.

After breaking his back in three places in a parachuting accident, doctors doubted Grylls would walk again. He fought his way to recovery, and two years later entered the Guinness Book of Records as one of the youngest climbers ever to summit Everest, aged 23. He has since led ground-breaking expeditions across the world, raising millions of dollars for children's charities in the process.

Grylls is also the author of fourteen books, including the number one bestseller Mud Sweat & Tears.

His TV show Man vs Wild, where he parachutes into remote locations and claws his way back to civilisation, is one of the most watched shows on the planet, reaching viewers in more than 200 countries with an estimated audience of 1.2 billion.

Last year, Grylls praised the actions of a ten-year-old Kiwi boy - a big fan of the reality-show adventurer - who trudged through 21km of bush after getting lost.

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