Hindsight is 20/20, even for a guy who made his living as bait for human sharks.
Steve-Owho was one of the original cast members on Donkey when it premiered in 2000 on MTV, looked back on the series’ wild beginnings with a slightly different take than it had at the time.
“We were really worth vilifying because back then they didn’t have YouTube or internet video and we were legitimately a bad influence,” he said on the Hotboxing with Mike Tyson podcast. “When Donkey came out, little kids showed up in hospitals all over the country and maybe the world because they saw us doing this crazy crap and they wanted to do it themselves.”
Donkey, which ran for three seasons from 2000 to 2001 before spawning an entire cinematic universe, featuring Steve-O and his gang of misfit friends performing outrageous stunts. The show, which also featured Johnny Knoxville, Bam Marguera and Chris Pontius– was revolutionary in its eccentric stupidity, although Steve-O now claims that there is more than enough blame for everyone.
“At that time, you could really accuse us of being a bad influence,” he said. “But I think over the years, because now that there’s so much YouTube, [MTV’s]so much, it’s not our fucking fault anymore.”