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Discovery Responds To Petition To Bring Back Kari Byron To 'MythBusters'

Discovery is responding after a female fan called upon the network to bring back Kari Byron to 'MythBusters' -- the lone woman on the series.

Discovery recently cut Kari Byron, Tory Belleci and Grant Imahara from 'MythBusters' to take the series back to its roots with Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman after watching ratings in recent years drop.

"This is a huge step backward for Discovery," the petition from Julie Rodriguez reads. "As the main female Mythbuster, Kari inspired a generation of girls and showed them that they too had a place in the traditionally male-dominated world of science."

"While Adam and Jamie are amazing educators in their own right, Kari was what drew me and so many others to the show, year after year. It's also disappointing to see Grant, the sole person of color on the show, dropped as well."

"We already know that women and minorities often feel unwelcome in the sciences and discouraged from pursuing STEM studies and careers. Why is Discovery reinforcing these damaging stereotypes?"

The petition, which has 36,000 signatures, asks Discovery to "affirm its support" by bringing back Byron and the rest of the co-hosts back to the show.

In a statement, Discovery says while there is little chance of bringing the co-hosts back to 'MythBusters', they may get their own spin-off series.

"We are all big fans of Kari as well as Tory and Grant and are looking for other projects where we can work with them," it says in a statement.

September 8, 2014 |

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