Grant Wilson On Why He Left Ghost Hunters has has learned from a blog post from Grant Wilsons personal website on why he left the hit TV Show ‘Ghost Hunters’, here it is in his own words:Ghost Hunters

All of the above!

JUST KIDDING!  My, how the rumors fly. Everyone insists that something devastating had to happen to kick me off of TV and back into the doldrums of normal everyday life.  Everyone aspires to be on TV right?

Well, it is far less complicated and dreadful as all that. I have no regrets and I loved doing it. It was just time to move on.

We were filming for nearly every week of the year, Monday-Friday, sometimes more.  I felt that after eight years, I had sufficiently reached my goals in spreading awareness and acceptance of the paranormal. Those eight years on the road were kicking my butt and I was ready to be back with my family and pursue other aspects of my life.

That’s it. Simple, right?

The rumor mill is quite the efficient machine.

Here are some other reasons:
1. Life in a Box – You spend most of your life in a box; house to car to airport to plane to car to hotel, always in a box.  I am an outdoor guy.  My idea of a temple is being on top of a mountain. I remember on one occasion I arrived at my hotel by night and went right to bed. When I awoke, I ripped open the curtains to see the view I had.  The only non-man-made thing I could see was the sky. Ugh… Give me the woods, please.

2. Sleep? What’s Sleep? – When you are on the road you are at the mercy of airline flight schedules. When you are a paranormal investigator you go to bed at ungodly hours. The combination is devastating. One night you go to bed at 6:00am. Then, you wake up at 2pm looking for breakfast. Then you have to go to bed that night at 9pm to catch a flight at 7am. Ouch.  Eight years of that, and you just give up on sleep. Giving up on sleep isn’t good for your health.

3. Fine Dining – Eating out is fun and a treat for most people.  When you have to eat out for every meal is destroys your health. No matter how healthy you try to eat, you always feel like crap.

4. Halloween – My kids are growing up really really quickly, (if you are a parent you know exactly what I mean.) While filming the Live Halloween Show was always a challenge and lots of fun, I want to spend Halloween with my kids.

5. Super Dad/Husband – It was really hard to come home from a whacky week of sleep schedules, bad meals, and boxes and snap into a normal-life routine. It was not easy to get all of my face-time in with the kids and my lovely and ever-patient wife within two days. Not to mention missed concerts, sporting events, art shows, date nights.  Bleh…

So, at the risk of sounding like a whiner, that is just a quick glance into some of the reasons it was tough and why I made the decision to move on. With each year, the effect of the above situations magnified. I wish the show the best and hope it is successful for many years to come.

As for me, I will be wearing the biggest smile on my face as I dive head-first into art, music and writing.

Thanks for sticking by me through this.

(Oh, by the way, I haven’t been wearing my wedding ring because my wife surprised me with a beautifully custom made ring that I love, but my finger has a reaction to it. We are trying to figure out a solution.)”


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Matthew Phillips is a reporter from Michigan who has been interested in the paranormal since he was 3 years old. He has covered Ghost Hunters and Paranormal Activity  for Haunting News Magazine.

18 Responses to Grant Wilson On Why He Left Ghost Hunters

  1. Barry Dibble Reply

    January 8, 2014 at 11:23 am

    My wife and I sure miss you. The show just is not the same. Don’t get me wrong it is still the best show on t.v it’s just that you and Jason made a great pair. We wish you the best on what ever you do and God bless to you and your family!! Maybe you can do a guest spot.

  2. sheri michaud Reply

    January 8, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    are you and Jason owners of the Spaulding inn up in northern NH?

    • Tamie Tarbox Reply

      January 13, 2014 at 12:35 pm

      I know huh? What’s going on with the Inn & are you promoting it or just living there?

  3. Jenny Long Reply

    January 8, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    I totally get it Grant! But like everyone has been saying, it’s just not the same. And like Barry, I still love the show and always will. I also I not realize how hard it really was to do the show and all the constant travel. Best wishes to you and your family. The guest spot thing would be awesome!

  4. Linda McCarver Reply

    January 8, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    Grant, as a ex-performer (many, many years ago that is) I do so understand! It is fun but gets old pretty quickly. And family life, what is that? But you and Jason were the show! Enjoy your life and family. The rest of us will get over it!

  5. Tom Barratt Reply

    January 12, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    Grant , more power to you brother! I totally understand, I am an aircraft mechanic and almost two years on the road for my company, away from my family three daughters and a wife. The money was great but, it does not compare to all the things that you miss while your away. God Bless you and your family. Hope to see on an anniversery show sometime in the future! Take care.

  6. Kathy Reply

    January 13, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    You have made the right move. Your kids are only kids once & trust me they grow up real fast. You can step back into a paranormal career when they grow up, maybe they’ll even join you!

  7. Stardust Reply

    January 15, 2014 at 10:35 pm

    How about an occaional guest appearance?

  8. Kesha Reply

    January 24, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    HI ADMINS how can one contact this site ,i have an enquiry/important info for you guys about Ghost hunters that you have missed. Please provide an email address as the one provided on the forum does not work!



    January 29, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    We miss watching more more, and it’s just not the same Ghost Hunters without you…. You were my favorite and goodlooking also… I’m not saying Jason isn’t goodlooking… It’s you whom I lookfoward to on Ghost Hunter’s,just you… Grant Wilson, just you…….

  10. Laura Reply

    March 23, 2014 at 12:16 am

    Taps~ghost hunters is a great show but still miss seeing you on there..but I understand why you left now..good luck on finding ur self..ur family is lucky..thank you for years of educating and entertaining me on the super natural..hope you have a good life

  11. paul bagley Reply

    April 9, 2014 at 11:35 am

    Indeed though being out coulda gone with switching with G.H.I,Ghost Hunters International it’s still not home or family and indeed you’re children are young and need you wish you luck fatherhood won’t be easy.

  12. Phillip Hernandez Reply

    April 20, 2014 at 11:12 pm

    To be quite honest , Ghost Hunters sucked the only person i enjoyed in the show who acted like a real person was Grant Wilson . The best to you Grant and continue your search of the paranormal on your own terms ..

  13. Shan Reply

    April 27, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    Love ya Grant and miss you on the show a lot. Fully get why you left and would have done the same myself. However, in saying that, I also very much agree w the others. Thè show is NOT as good w/o you and never will be. Jason tries but nope, doesn’t work. I wish you and your sweet family all the best life has to offer, you deserve it. The decision was yours and it was for the best. You rock!!

  14. Jason Martin Reply

    August 13, 2014 at 11:59 am

    Very sorry to see you go. You, Jason, and Steve are a winning combination! I think everyone can understand that a man has to take care of his family first, though, and there’s only love from us fans. Take care and thanks for a great eight years!
    PS…think about the guest appearance suggestion though…

  15. Joseph A vanchieri Jr Reply

    September 29, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    Well the eight years you were on the show kept integrity in it. Your sincere love for the work you did(do) showed in the way you handle your fellow Ghost Hunters and in keeping the public trust by not faking anything that happened. The show is still the best show on TV but we are all hoping you at least make guest appearances. I have always been interested in the paranormal As a child I had seen many apparitions and have had physical contact. hat is something you can never get used to.
    All that said it is great hearing you are doing well and so is your family. That always has to be number one.

  16. Sean McCreary Reply

    October 8, 2014 at 8:58 pm

    You did add a genuine integrity and human aspect to the show. You and Dave were/are my favorite investigators, although Donna, Chris, Amy and all the other girls were easier on the eyes. Fair winds and following seas.

  17. Ryan Reply

    October 23, 2014 at 3:03 am

    Glad to hear nothing tragic cause your leaving GH. it’s not nearly as cool of a show with out the team up of Jason and you. I don’t mind all the others, but they do not seem as genuine and “normal” lol just not as relateable I guess… I wish Amy and Adam would stay quite for a few seconds though whenever they hear or see something They start blabbing so they/we can’t hear or see anything else! I did notice on the 200th episode that while you were with Amy and Adam you kept shushing them lol Anyway, they need to learn how it’s done! The show just is kinda lame without Grant/Jason

    Best of luck… Uh… Live long and prosper

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