Jim King, also known as Bear, half of the seasoned Sasquatch researchers duo of Coonbo and Bear, was booted off the Bigfoot Outlaws podcast by a group decision of all those involved with the podcast owned by Matthew Knapp. Bear was notified by a message left on his cell phone that he was off the show.
Matthew Knapp created this post at the Bigfoot Outlaws Hideout facebook page:
"1. Yes, Bigfoot Outlaw Radio is my podcast, and will continue.
2. What happened with Bear is PERSONAL, and deals only with members of the Bigfoot Outlaws. It is about friendships that have been ongoing for close to 20 years. I realize that everyone wants the "dirt" but there just isn't going to be any coming from this group. It has nothing to do with bigfoot."
In the comments under Matt's post we have a bit of soap opera (you'll see what I mean by soap opera) that divulges tid bits of what is going on. I copied the more pertinent comments.
We find this comment by Scott Dolsay
"My biggest problem is that according to Bear, he found out by a voice message left on his cell phone, he had no idea this was coming. Seems disrespectful after all his contributions. Bear and Coonbo are the ones who went on other shows and promoted the podcast and Hideout and now he gets kicked to the curb after everything is all up and running, I'm pretty sure this group and podcast would not be where it is without him. I'm not trying to stir up trouble, I just don't like the way it seems to have been handled or explained."
Scott Dolsay "Actually Jason Odette he didn't, they left him a voicemail after the fact, he had no idea, thats what he said on his personal FB page.
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Mark Henderson Scott Dolsay
That's exactly right Scott. Then would not take his calls or messages.
Austin English Yup. Nobody will answer his calls. He was completely blind sided. He is so confused just as we all are. Jason Odette
Jason Odette Wow.
Scott Dolsay Mark Henderson Is it true what Blaine said, that it was a group decision, that all the Outlaws decided to boot him?
Mark Henderson That's what they are stating. I cannot believe that all the Outlaws voted yes to this decision. Maybe some descent from this decision.
Scott Dolsay Bears words: "I do know Matt and Coonbo did this all on their own.....I'll talk more once I know more.....Bear...."
This is what concerns me.
Blaine GambleGroup Moderator For you guys giving Matt a hard time, I want you to know this was a decision made by the entire group. I refuse to say what exactly happened out of respect for the situation, but this was not made lightly by anyone. It wasn't a "toss his ass out in the cold" situation. Just like he said above, this is about friendships that is almost two decades old.
Rob Childers Well Blaine Gamble matt needs to speak not you..hell I've never even heard of you..but it sounds like you are on matt knapps nutts lol
Blaine Gamble Look below and you can see him talk. He's my best friend and a neighbor so I do know a little bit.
Blaine Gamble And all you need to know about me is that I'm a moderator in this group.
Rob Childers Blaine Gamble you my sir are a douch..keep ..but you can't blow smoke up most of our asses
Blaine Gamble A douche? Really! Now, how did you come to that conclusion?
Rob Childers Cause you all up Matt Matthew Knapp
Scott Dolsay Big deal, you're a moderator, because you're Matts neighbor, thats an ego driven response, it's why you got called what you did, I wouldn't call you that as I don't know you...most of us don't, you seem pretty new here, but thats why you got called what you did, ego driven response Blaine Gamble.
Jimmy Keen Whether you believe me or not, I was told some of the reasons back in August and they were thinking about dumping him since before then. They are cowards. And it makes no sense to put on here cause they will delete it anyway.
Matthew Knapp Group Admin Jimmy Keen That's not true. I don't know where you got your information, but it was a lie. This transpired literally in the past few days.
Jimmy Keen Matthew Knapp yes it is true.
Matthew KnappGroup Admin Jimmy Keen How would you know better than me if this was ever discussed by me and my friends that I talk to on a daily basis? Tell me how it's true.
Blaine Gamble Group Moderator You stole the words out of my mouth, Matt.
Evelyn Evelyn Evelyn So you are saying Dan and Vicki were involved with making this decision?
William Workman Vicki did comment on the original post that she knew what was going on, so yes I would say they were involved
Tommye Chambler Hey do you people realize this has been put on Ham Radio. That is where I heard about it first. This won't lay down for a while.
Matthew Knapp Group Admin You guys can talk all the shit you want. I understand. You're in the dark on it, you don't know what's going on, and it looks really bad and nefarious. I accept that. I'm still not going to air out the dirty laundry and explain publicly why things transpired as they did. If you believe that the people who have known the man for 20 years are all full of shit, and that Bear is innocent, then by all means, go join him. Nobody is stopping you or asking you to do differently. For the fans of the show and individuals who actually care what myself, Coonbo, Dan, Vicki, and others have to say, and realize that Bear was not the be all, end all of the bigfoot world, you are welcome to stay. As stated, the podcast will continue, and there is no telling what the future may hold. Right now, at this moment, this is the situation we are going through, and I respect all of you enough to let you know about it. Tomorrow it could all change.