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Dave faces Dual Survival debacle head-on in YouTube video

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Dave Canterbury has finally addressed the ongoing Dual Survival hosting controversy, facing his fans and asking for forgiveness in a new YouTube video.

Dave Canterbury has finally addressed the public turmoil swirling around his disappearance from the popular Discovery Channel series Dual Survival.

Many people have speculated as to whether or not Dave lied on his resume, i.e. did he embellish his experience? Discovery Channel has never formally addressed the issue, which has done nothing but fuel the fires of online chats and message boards. And, many fans have angrily expressed their disappointment in the one-time reality star, others indicating hurt feelings and sadness over the situation—at least, the situation as it has been rumored to be to this point.

“I did,” Dave says honestly in a YouTube video posted on January 3, 2013, regarding whether or not he embellished some points on his resume. “I didn’t do it to hurt anyone,” he explains, “I didn’t do it to make things difficult for anyone in my family. I actually did it to, number one, better my family,” he says, “and, number two, to be able to bring the skills that I teach to a mass audience.”

Upon applying to be a part of the show and sending the resume to the Discovery Channel, Dave says that he thought it wasn’t a big deal. “There was nothing sinister in my plan,” he explains. “I was naïve to television, naïve to the entertainment industry, naïve to the way things work, and I just thought, ‘no harm, no foul.’”

Yes Harm, Yes Foul

Dave says emphatically that, yes, “Absolutely,” he regrets the embellishment. But, he goes on to add that he is not perfect—none of us are—and that he has “tried to live past it and live through it as best I can. In my school of thought, you don’t go backwards, you only go forward.”

In going forward, Dave has drawn heavily on his Christian beliefs to see him through the darker days. “I have asked forgiveness from God, from Jesus, I have asked forgiveness from my family, and now I’m asking forgiveness from my subscribers and from my friends.”

Dave Emphasizes Real-Life Experience

Fans are now wondering just how much actual outdoors/survivalist experience Dave actually has, but he indicates that he has been working in harsh, outdoors situations, on and off, since he left the military in 1988. “The reason I started the Pathfinder School to begin with was to help pass on some of the things that I have learned, and to learn along the way with the people on YouTube. That is why my motto has always been, ‘Let’s learn together,’” indicating that he learns from his YouTube subscribers every day.

It is clear that Dave is learning from his mistakes regarding the Dual Survival debacle, and is, hopefully, taking what he has learned with him as he goes forward and is putting it all into practice. Closing the video, he states, “I will strive every day for the rest of my life to be a better man, a better Christian.” Additionally, he thanks God and again apologizes for any wrongdoings he has done, and for any hurts he has caused along the way during this more-than-trying time.

Will Fans Forgive?

Many fans have been harsh, but others have been understanding of Dave's situation. Perhaps we should all ask ourselves at least one question: Who among us HASN’T embellished a resume at some point? If not for a formal work resume, shined ourselves up to make a better impression for some other important aspect of our lives? Perhaps, if we really think about his words, we will be better able to understand and maybe even forgive.

Just a thought.

Dual Survival airs on Tuesday nights on the Discovery Channel at 9/8c.

UPDATED: Did Cody, Joe turn trust-building corner in Hawaii?

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Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
You will be very missed. While I watched the show, well lets just say I won't be watching the show now. I have NEVER liked Cody. He acts as a, know it all. And he clearly didn't. I watched the show cause of you Dave. And I think everyone at some point in their life has embellished their resume. And if they say no, well I won't believe them. I will sure miss seeing you on the tellie, But good luck in everything you do. An XXXXXXXX Dual Survial Fan.

Submitted by DannD (not verified) on
Just watched the first two episodes of season 3. Gotta say I was disappointed. Cody seemed uncomfortable with his new partner and I use the term partner loosely. Regarding Canterbury, Let me say as a 25+ year military veteran you are not going to find everything in a man's official record so I can give a pass on some things but I'm sure you are already aware of that. I was dismayed to find that so many of his claims were hogwash however and I too would have let him go. Your new guy strikes me as a show off, not sure how he got along with his team members if he acted like that around them. Most of the guys I served with were much more low key about themselves and boasting was a sure sign of a wannabe more than anything else. At this point I just don't like him, maybe it's the jitters being in front of a camera I don't know, I'll watch a couple more and hope for some growth. The pig killing scene was so Hollywood it was laughable, he pulls his knife and looks at it???? Really, taking your eyes off your opponent, target, whatever REALLY? And then after the kill? (was it really dead or just stunned you gotta be sure baby because the guy closest to you is most likely the one to kill you) he flips his head around like he looking for more bad guys to jump him, really REALLY? So ridiculous, if you are really surviving you would focus on that animal to be sure it is down and dead, dead, dead. If he had any experience with wild pigs he would know how dangerous they can be and how they can seem dead only to rise again and wreck havoc to anything nearby. Seriously that was bad, can't believe you put that in the can. Tell Cody if he has to bitch slap him that I've got his back.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Obviously - the POINT of the show is an "Odd Couple" - of REAL SERIOUS people --- obviously Dave fails since the channel went to GREAT pains to point out the new guy has been vetted - by all....

Submitted by RayP (not verified) on
I have to say that I agree 100% with what you said. I have never hunted pigs but I have hunted alot of different game and that is the number one rule you never take your eyes off what you are hunting until you know with out a doubt itis dead...That scene was so Bogus..

Submitted by DannD (not verified) on
Allrightythen, watched this weeks show (#3) Ranger Joe still acting like a SF wannabe rather than the real thing. What was that crap about being "done with this place" he hadn't done a bit a recon on the area as far as I could tell, he had no plan of action other than to BOOGEY OUTTA DERE at high speed and moving with a purpose....hooohah....really stupid. Cody was great when he brought up operational planning and thankfully Joe cooled his jets somewhat after that. Still not seeing what the producers must've seen. The diamond back slayer really needs to fine tune his game, obviously he has no experience as a herpatologist, I was better trained and equipped for rattlesnake catching as a teenager and yes I did it as a teen and without the drama or strange knife flourish of Ranger Joe, also my snakes were generally transported alive to a more remote location and released, but then I wasn't in survival mode.

Submitted by DannD (not verified) on
Allrightythen, watched this weeks show (#3) Ranger Joe still acting like a SF wannabe rather than the real thing. What was that crap about being "done with this place" he hadn't done a bit a recon on the area as far as I could tell, he had no plan of action other than to BOOGEY OUTTA DERE at high speed and moving with a purpose....hooohah....really stupid. Cody was great when he brought up operational planning and thankfully Joe cooled his jets somewhat after that. Still not seeing what the producers must've seen. The diamond back slayer really needs to fine tune his game, obviously he has no experience as a herpatologist, I was better trained and equipped for rattlesnake catching as a teenager and yes I did it as a teen and without the drama or strange knife flourish of Ranger Joe, also my snakes were generally transported alive to a more remote location and released, but then I wasn't in survival mode.

Submitted by van treat II (not verified) on
how good of a background check did they do on the new guy ? Because, he seems like a real jerk and does'nt seem to know near as much as dave. Dave hope you have good luck in what ever you do now. we will miss you !

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
All i can say that with the new guy the show doesnt seem to make it realistic for an average joe.. i mean come on.. lets repel!! I think dave and cody was more realistic for the average joe than cody and the new guy.. yes he was special forces and yatayata but hes harder to connect with. im sorry id rather have dave by my side than the new guy.. at least i know my average joe butt isnt going to be put in a situation that if i was with some other normal person i wasnt going to be dropped on my head...

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Very disappointed in the new season! Way too harsh. Watching the new guy kill stuff is like watching Ted Nugent run around killing with glee. What a turnoff. Miss Dave and the relationship between Cody and Dave. All this new guy wants to do is prove how tough he is. Feel like I'm back in high school.

Submitted by BostonSteve (not verified) on
Dave is like the conservative manly man providing solutions to problems and saving the day, while Cody is the liberal little bitch, always whining and complaining, never taking a risk and never having a real solution.

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