Steve-O says ‘Jackass’ was “legitimately a bad influence” on kids in 2000s

Steve-O at Netflix's "The Dirt" World Premiere
Steve-O at Netflix's "The Dirt" World Premiere Photo credit Admedia, Inc

It’s hard to believe that Jackass first premiered on MTV over two decades ago.

Since its dawn, the show has spawned ten movies, and countless of trips to the hospital for its cast, and fans, alike.

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And that’s where Jackass original Steve-O has some issues with the show.

In a recent sit-down with Mike Tyson for the latter’s podcast Hotboxing with Mike Tyson, the now 48-year-old Steve-O says the show that launched his career was “legitimately a bad influence” on kids of that era.

Steve-O told Tyson, "I think in the beginning of Jackass 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. So little kids everywhere got video cameras and started f-----g themselves up and showing up in hospitals and getting really hurt.”

Jackass initially ran for three season on MTV, spawning a film franchise that most recently saw the releases of Jackass Forever and Jackass 4.5 earlier this year.

Per Loudwire, it was also revealed in May that a new Jackass series is in the works for Paramount +.

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