fans found out that fan-favorite cast members Kari Byron, Tory Belleci and Grant Imahara were leaving the series last month, they didn't take the news quietly. Fans took to the Internet after Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman announced the three cast members were leaving, and started a petition to re-hire Byron, the sole female on the show, as well as the two others.So far, the petition has earned more than 32,000 online signatures, and Discovery has noticed.Unfortunately, that sounds like a pretty final "no" to the question of whether or not Byron will return to the show, but at least it shows that Discovery does support women in science, unlike what the petition claims."This is a huge step backward for Discovery," the petition reads.
By the second season, three of Hyneman’s crew were organized as the “Build Team”: Kari Byron, Tory Belleci, and Scottie Chapman.
While the show received some criticism for not being entirely scientific in its approach, they did have some consistent methods.
These days, she’s on the Travel Channel, working with Belleci on Before finding a place on television, Byron worked as an artist, specializing in sculpture.
She was born on December 18, 1974, and went to high school in Los Gatos, California.
Throughout the show there were a number of accidents.
Notably, Kari Byron and the rest of the Build Team accidentally fired a cannonball into a house, after it went over the primary target, rolled up a hill behind the shooting range, and flew over half a kilometer away.
After returning from maternity leave, Kari Byron briefly had her own show on the Science Channel, , generally emphasizing the idea that science, and a scientific approach to the world, can be fun.
Hosted by Byron, the show only ran for two seasons, but continues to show up on the Science Channel occasionally.
Despite some controversy, the show had wide-reaching cultural influence, with the main hosts appearing in other TV shows, and even worked with President Barack Obama to test out a myth about an ancient laser cannon.
Through the show’s run, Kari Byron continued to make art, specifically sculptures, though after the show became more popular, she stopped having public exhibits. In 2009, she took maternity leave from the show to have a daughter, whom they named Stella Ruby.
The network responded to the fan outrage of Byron's axing today in a statement.