When NBC announced it was bringing stunt-game show Fear Factor back into production earlier this month after a five-year hiatus — putting out a renewed casting call for teams of two — host and comedian Joe Rogan wasn’t sure what to make of it at first.

Rogan asked his fans via Twitter for their thoughts and reassured them he’d still be doing his streaming podcasts.

Well, he’s back! As he told TVGuide.com, “It doesn’t seem real. It seems like some sort of bizarro dream world. But I’m looking forward to it. The idea of sitting at home and watching someone else host it would have driven me crazy.”

Production begins in July with at least eight episodes ordered. Rogan helmed 146 episodes over six seasons from 2001 to 2006 (see the old promo shot at right).

“What I brought to Fear Factor the first time I hope to bring to it again ‚Äî a background in competitive athletics along with being a standup comedian,” Rogan says, who also provides commentary for the UFC’s pay-per-view events. “This show is tailor-made for me.”