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‘Gator Boys’, starring Paul Bedard, is a Must See

THE HERALD NEWS–  Paul Bedard isn’t doing it for the fame. He’s doing it for the gators.

Bedard, a 1986 graduate of Bishop Stang who splits his time living in Westport and Florida, stars in his own show “Gator Boys” that airs on Animal Planet on Sunday nights at 9 p.m.

Bedard, 43, teams with Jimmy Riffle to make up the Gator Boys, who capture nuisance gators and return them to safety before they harm humans or are caught by trappers, who kill them and turn them into suitcases.

The show is sort of like the alligator version of “Cops” where regular people, spooked by the presence of an alligator on their property, call the Gator Boys for help.

The show is quite entertaining and suitable for all ages. In fact, my 7-year-old daughter Lily, who is deathly afraid of bees, spiders, ants, fleas, etc., now wants to work with alligators.

“I didn’t start catching gators for a TV show,” said Bedard. “I have a TV show to help catch more gators.”

The Gator Boys have recently been on the Today Show and have been featured on Inside Edition. Bedard and Riffle are also scheduled to be on the Tonight Show within the week, although an exact date has not yet been determined.

Despite the overwhelming number of interview requests and recent television appearances for the Gator Boys, Bedard remains humble. He wants nothing to do with the spotlight. He’d rather be in a swamp tracking down a nuisance gator than sitting on stage with Jay Leno.

I was on the phone with Bedard at 7 p.m. Sunday night while a sneak preview of Gator Boys was on Animal Planet (the premier aired Sunday at 9 p.m.). I was watching the show and asking him a few questions when he said, “Hey, you think Tebow will pull this one out, too?” as he was watching the Denver Broncos/Pittsburgh Steelers NFL playoff game instead of his own show.

Bedard, who works as a lifeguard at Horseneck Beach during the summer months, says Gator Boys has filmed 10 episodes so far and isn’t exactly sure what the future holds.

“It’s getting a lot of positive press,” he said. “We shot the pilot in April or May and then they bought more. We had shopped the idea around a while ago and we knew it would sell.”

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