TikTok stars tackle ‘American Ninja Warrior’ and fail
On the final night of the American Ninja Warrior semi-finals on Monday, the show took a break from intense competition to give some popular social media influencers a chance to lead the course.
Josh Richards, a 19-year-old Toronto native who has over 30 million followers on TikTok and Instagram, was partnered with 14 million followers by Griffin Johnson, 22, of Paris, Illinois.
Richards was the first to run the course and the show listed him at 5’11 ”and 127 pounds, which could actually be a good thing given the success the teenagers have had over the past few years. But, as Richards found out, it’s hard to be a ninja warrior without a lot of training.
Although he overcame the first obstacle with relative ease, Richards hit the lunatic ledges, which required hanging and swinging from one awkward station to the next. And after jumping up and swinging a few times, he lost his footing and fell into the water.
Viewers on Twitter seemed to enjoy seeing the young star’s short-lived run on the track, especially with one ending that included a “belly flop”.
Then it was Johnson’s turn, and let’s just say the former high school baseball player hopefully didn’t try to turn his run into a TikTok video because there might not even have been enough time to hit the record button.
Johnson was able to cross the first five steps safely, but abruptly fell body first into a short slide wall and into the water. And after a short time he had to give credit where credit was due.
“Josh, you did better than me, brother,” Johnson said to his TikToker Richards colleague.
American ninja warrior is broadcast on Mondays at 8:00 p.m. ABC.
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