Jackass: Too Hot For TV (lost special of MTV reality comedy TV series; 2002)
Screencap of the 'Steve-O Stilt' stunt - lost footage from "Jackass: Too Hot For TV", aired on August 9th, 2002.
Jackass: Too Hot For TV was an American television special, that was slated to air on August 9th, 2002. It was one of three MTV network specials, to air in the lead-up, prior to Paramount Pictures & MTV Films premiere release of Jackass: The Movie - on October 25th, 2002.
The stunts performed in Jackass: Too Hot For TV pushed the envelope for what could be broadcasted on television and even saw pressure from lawmakers to air the special at a later time slot. As of the writing of this article, the special has yet to emerge.
The last episode of the hit MTV show Jackass aired on February 3, 2002. As a send-off to the television series, Jackass: The Movie was released in theaters on October 25, 2002. In order to build up hype for the movie, three specials were aired that gave viewers exclusive stunts that could be expected in Jackass: The Movie. These stunts pushed what could be shown on television.
MTV's jump from television production to movie-film production garnered the ability to produce and release content that could potentially be rated for a more mature audience without complying with television censors and regulations. In the lead-up to the R-Rated Jackass: The Movie, MTV aired three television specials to promote the upcoming film. The first of the three specials was titled "Too Hot For TV" - featuring stunts and clips from the series that never made the final cut. Of such stunts, the following may have been included:
- Steve-O Stilts on Fire
- Ehren McGheghey swallowing a spoonful of flour
- Jenn's daughter jumps off a roof into Phil's arms
- Steve-O shoots a firework at Jeff Tremaine
- Bam Margera Skating on Preston Lacey's face
- Johnny Knoxville Dog Poo Socks
- Steve-O lights a firecracker from his butt
- Johnny Knoxville pisses on Jeff Tremaine's feet
- Steve-O gets a home-made tattoo in a trailer
- Chris Pontius sticks dick in Steve-O's face
- Steve-O shoots fireworks at Chris Pontius his ass
This particular special has never seen the light of day since its scheduled airing on MTV, quite possibly as a result of political pressure publicized by Sen. Joseph Lieberman, who urged MTV to air their hit TV Show Jackass at a later time period, and "to include more explicit and more straightforward warnings about the potential consequences of each stunt." He also stated that the show’s rating for mature audiences was undercut by the fact that MTV promotes Jackass throughout the rest of its schedule when kids may be watching". This was particularly in light of unfortunate news stories about kids who were rumored to have emulated the dangerous activities featured in the show, and suffered serious injuries in consequence of such actions. Thus, it never aired, and Andrew W.K's Making Of 'We Want Fun' the music video, was aired in its place.
A release schedule (with correct air-dates) for the MTV Specials, aired prior to the premiere of Jackass The Movie:
- August 18th, 2002 - Backyard Special
- August 25th, 2002 - The Making of Jackass The Movie
- September 22nd, 2002 - Making Of 'We Want Fun'
- October 23rd, 2002 - MTV Cribs - Jackass Edition
It was rumored that a VHS tape of this special, including no censoring whatsoever (explicitly featuring nudity, for example), was circulated among cast, crew & friends during this time. In the many years since its slated airing, communities have wondered, pondered and petitioned to have this special released officially, on home media, to no such reply from the MTV network.
- Kindly confirmed by a diehard Jackass fan who recorded all of the "aired" TV specials.