Among the top two concepts that you don't want to appear in the same sentence are "Slip 'N Slide" and "explosive diarrhea". This is especially true if you are producing a TV show based around Slip 'N Slides that relies on contestants not having sudden explosive bouts of diarrhea as they slide their way to victory.
NBC were planning to launch such a show - Ultimate Slip 'N Slide - which they describe as taking "the spirit of the classic backyard slide and transforms it into a real-life water park full of gigantic slippery rides with the chance to take home a big cash prize". Unfortunately, the show has been forced to shut down indefinitely as it was struck by an outbreak of “awful explosive diarrhea” which left people on set collapsing, and “being forced to run into port-o-potties," according to The Wrap.
The cause of the diarrhea was confirmed to be the parasite Giardia, which can spread through contaminated surfaces, food and objects. However, the main cause of outbreaks is from recreational water activities, such as swimming in lakes, rivers, pools or waterparks. Symptoms of giardiasis - caused by Giardia - include stomach cramps or pain, diarrhea, dehydration, gas, vomiting, nausea, and foul-smelling greasy stools that tend to float. None of which you want while barreling down a water slide, no matter how much drama it might add to the show.
Co-host Ron Funch was not among the people who suffered from the diarrhea, and so was able to see the funny side of the situation, which he joked finally put him on his family's comedy radar.
As did the Internet.
It's unknown when the remaining parts of the show will be recorded.
“The health and safety of everyone on our set is our number one priority, so out of an abundance of caution we have made the decision to stop production of ‘Ultimate Slip ’N Slide’ at the current location,” the network NBC said in a statement. “We are in the process of determining next steps in order to complete production.”
They sensibly avoided revealing what their number two priority was.