Hollywood Unlocked got to sit down with American Ninja Warrior host Akbar Gbajabiamila who spoke with us about the show as the season finale is set to air.
Akbar Gbajabiamila who has been with the show for all 11 seasons shared that ANW has grown to become a family show.
The concept of the show started off in Japan with shows now spanning across the world. What makes this show different than others is that while it is a competition, there is no drama and that’s what makes it not only enjoyable but a family show.
When thinking about the physical strength and the training that these competitors go through, what makes this level of training different is there is no gym needed. In the space we were in, he looked around and shared that in a restaurant alone, there are things like the rails and poles that can easily be used as training grounds.
“You can replicate it, there are ninja gyms in various cities and they are growing. Now in any major city, you can find a ninja gym when about 5-6 years ago you couldn’t.”
When watching the show, one thing you will pick up on is that there is no discrimination against age, race, gender, sexuality and so much more. Everyone is on the same playing field to which Gbajabiamila share;
“There is no difference between male and female young and old and that is the type of community that speaks to the fans. How cool is it that you can have someone as young 19-years-old to a 70-year-old competitor.”
On Monday night, the season 11 finale gets underway and according to Gbajabiamila’s Instagram, there will be a new winner. This is major as only one other person has ever been able to conquer the nearly impossible final challenge.
You can catch this final episode on Monday, Sept. 16th only on NBC.
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