Steve-O Explains Why ‘Jackass’ Is a ‘Bad Influence’ on Kids

During his appearance on the ‘Hotboxin’ with Mike Tyson’ podcast, the cast member of the MTV show shares that he and his fellow cast members ‘were genuinely worth vilifying’ for what they do on the show.

AceShowbizSteve-O admits “Jackass” was a “bad influence” on kids. In a new interview, the 48-year-old star stunt performer confessed that he and and his fellow cast members, including Bam Margera, Johnny Knoxville, the late Ryan Dunn, Chris Pontius, Preston Lacy and Dave England, were “genuinely worth vilifying” for encouraging a generation of viewers to do their own pranks and wind up in hospital.

Speaking on the “Hotboxin’ with Mike Tyson” podcast, Steve said, “We were genuinely worth vilifying because back then they didn’t have YouTube or video on the Internet and we were legitimately a bad influence. When ‘Jackass’ came out, little kids were showing up in hospitals all over the country and maybe the world because they saw us doing this crazy s**t and they wanted to do it themselves.”

These days, pranks are a big business on the likes of YouTube and TikTok, so Steve says they can no longer take the blame. The stand-up comic added, “At that time, you could really point to us as being a bad influence. But I think over the years because now that there’s so much YouTube, [MTV’s], so much, it’s not our f****** fault anymore.”

“Jackass”, which later became a film franchise, saw Steve and his fellow cast members carry out daring stunts and pranks on each other or the public. The hit MTV series ran for three seasons between 2000 and 2001, and had a number of spin-offs, including “Viva La Bam”, “Homewrecker” and “Dr. Steve-O”, plus several movies.

Its latest film “Jackass Forever” was released in early 2022. The film stars original members Johnny, Steve-O, Dave England, Wee Man, Danger Ehren, Chris Pontius, Preston Lacy, plus newcomers and celebrity guests. Leftover footage from the film was used in Netflix’s “Jackass 4.5.”

What’s more, a new series is in the works for Paramount+ following the box office success of the latest film, which grossed more than $80 million worldwide. Paramount Global CEO Bob Bakish said in May, “Based off the success of ‘Jackass Forever,’ we’re working with the creators to continue the partnership with a new series, bringing even more ridiculous antics straight to Paramount+.”

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