The boy ended up in hospital with burns to over 25% of his body, he survived but Jackass faced a new onslaught of criticism.Senator Joe Lieberman from Connecticut became one of the shows loudest and most influential critics.He campaigned to have the show removed from the airwaves, MTV increased their restrictions on the stunts that could be performed and made the disclaimers at the start of each episode even more clear, originally the warning had been “The following show features stunts performed by professionals and/or total idiots”, but by the second series it had become far less jokey, instead it now warned viewers that stunts were performed under carefully controlled conditions by trained stuntmen.MTV producers took the stunts away from a back-yard environment and tried to make the whole thing seem a little more professional, but despite the disclaimer at the end of every episode that Jackass producers would never accept submissions from viewers, the copycat incidents continued.Every good crew throughout history has had a ‘quirky’ one.
During that time Steve-O was also heavily into skateboarding.
The wild unpredictability of his younger days has left him for good now, the crazier parts of his character disappeared sometime around March 2008, when Steve-O finally gave up alcohol and drugs, an episode that he discussed during his stage show, ‘Guilty as Charged’.
Steve-O has been touring constantly since about 2010, and his stage show has a few Jackass style stunts, such as when he gets choked unconscious by UFC fighter and former Green Beret Tim Kennedy, or the part when he inevitably gets tazed.
With shockingly painful stunts such as that, Steve-O soon got noticed by the editor of the skateboarding magazine ‘Big Brother’, Jeff Tremaine, who was at that time looking for a group of people for a stunt based show.
He had recruited an actor and stuntman called Philip Clapp Jr, known these days as Johnny Knoxville, to perform a variety of stunts for the show, such as being tazered by various self-defense gadgets, and he wanted a crew to work alongside Clapp for a new show on MTV. It was almost instantly a big hit amongst MTV’s young viewing base, and the anarchic Jackass crew eventually stayed at MTV for three seasons, but they were controversial times for the show, and the network.