Ghost Adventures – Enough Of The Bullying!

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Ghost Adventures is a reality show that premiered on October 17, 2008 on the Travel Channel.  It follows a team of paranormal investigators, led by Zak Bagans, in their pursuit of evidence of the afterlife.

The show is now in its 15th session and I have to ask myself, has there ever been an episode of Ghost Adventures where host Zak Bagans didn’t bully a member of his team?  I honestly can’t recall.  I am sick and tired of watching his abusive behavior and amateur dramatics getting in the way of some solid investigations .  I know what you’re thinking, “Why are you watching then?” Truth be told, I’m enthralled by the cutting-edge technology they use, the places they go, and the evidence they appear to get.  I also appreciate the investigative skills of the rest of the team members, Aaron Goodwin, Billy Tolley, Jay Wasley and not to forget Nick Groff who left the team in 2014.  However, the thug-like antics of Bagans certainly sucks the life out of the show, no pun intended, so much so, that I have relegated the viewing of Ghost Adventures to the category of “If There’s Nothing Better On.”

I did watch an episode a couple of days ago on the DTour Channel. It was first aired on October 15, 2016, and it was entitled, ‘Reseda – House of Evil’.  This show left me deeply disturbed at the new level Bagans had taken his bully-boy tactics to.  Let me explain. 

Both Zak Bagans and Billy Tolley are in a house, reputed for its black masses and demons, and indeed have just witnessed a black mass moving inside a room.  Both Bagans and Tolley appear to be visibly shaken as they stand outside in the hall.  Bagans orders Tolley to go into the room.  Tolley refuses.  Bagans again orders Tolley to go into the room, and again Tolley refuses.  Bagans continues to pressure Tolley to enter the room until Tolley finally snaps, yells at Bagans that he can’t do it, and storms out of the house.  Of course, like in so many other episodes, Bagans blames the entity inside the house for his bad behavior.  What really saddened me, was that Tolley assigns blame for his outburst on the entity too, when it was patently clear that he had reached the end of his rope with Bagans.  It left me wondering if Tolley was told to say this in order for Bagans to save face.  Later in this episode, they are once again in the house, and Bagans, instead of stepping up to the plate himself as a true lead investigator would have done in the first place,  orders Aaron to go into the room where the black mass was seen.  Aaron, who is an awesome investigator, and who, unfortunately, is normally on the receiving end of Bagans’ abusive behavior, complies, and gets what appears to be some great evps.  Also in this episode, like a true bully, the cowardly side of Bagans is displayed for all to see, when, believing that the black mass is coming towards them, Bagans runs away and cowers behind Tolley.   Not for the first time I might add.

This type of behaviour is not unusual for Bagans.  His signature approach to investigating the paranormal is to provoke, and when the going gets tough, he voluntells others to put themselves in danger, or he puts them in danger himself.  The episode which aired on September 23, 2017 called “Golden Ghost Town” has a good example of this.

The Ghost Adventures team are reportedly in a ghost town that was once occupied by occultists.  Here, Zak Bagans finds it fitting to lock Aaron Goodwin inside a church after they believe they have witnessed paranormal activity there.  This is done despite Goodwin’s pleas not to do it.  Bagans, on the voice over states that’s Aaron volunteered to be locked in, which was obviously not the case.  Later on camera, Bagans boasts that he and Tolley have locked Aaron in the church, but doesn’t feel he is in any danger.  Aaron, after a while, manages to flee the church by escaping through a window.  Video evidence is then brought forward claiming to show a black mass moving through the church, unseen by Aaron.  So much for not being in any danger! 

There are countless other incidents where Bagans bullies and cajoles his team into doing things that he himself is too frightened to do. Bagans is a danger to himself, his team and to the name of reputable paranormal investigators everywhere. Frankly, in this era where we rally against harassment in the workplace, and bullying,  I am surprised that the networks allow this to continue. I’m sure that Aaron, Billy and Jay would make a formidable team and a better show without Mr Bagans.

What say you?

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13 Comments

  1. I noticed this to and quite frankly it angered me. His “I hate bullies in real & afterlife” is pure hypocrisy.
    Ì was disturbed at the one in the woods where kids were tied up. Think it was a nun drowned a child in the pool. Anyhow he put Jay in a room and boarded the door then left him. There was plenty of activity and Jay broke into a wreck. Surely you always pair up.
    Ì been open minded for years apart from UK’s Most Haunted. I have had some strange stuff go on at my home for couple of years. Mostly someone sitting on my bed (I am virtually bed bound paraplegic). 3am I done a recording and started to sing and asked out can you sing with me. This was on my mobile phone I must add but as soon as I finished the question a low voice said 3 clear words, “I can’t sing”. I could not believe I had actual evidence and I would take a lie detector to prove it’s genuine but I don’t care what others think anyhow. My dog is constantly so in tune with them. I move soon and will miss the calmness of the place.

  2. 100%. Every episode we watch my husband and I take bets on what creepy place Zak is gonna send Aaron to by himself.

  3. 100% agree with the fact that Zak is a bully. My husband and I just watched the episode from Gila Court House & Jail. He locked Aaron in a jail cell for hours. He was tricked into going into the cell. Zak gets so upset about being afraid of heights and close spaces. It’s not ok for anyone to bully him but if they do it to him he’s a big baby.

  4. Like the rest of you, I find it sad that Zak is so harsh with Aaron. I can understand why Nick left. I like the new gadgets that are shown as well. I think Zak is often very much a bully. He can dish it out but can’t take being afraid. Aaron is by far the better investigator. Zak gets his way by yelling at others and intimidation. It’s sad the show loses it’s credibility when he behaves in such a way. I do believe they get some really good evidence at times. Even with that said I think Zak is a some what good investigator and I do think he has good instincs were the paranormal are concerned.

  5. The reason your blog popped up is because I asked why Aaron, Billy and Jay don’t get a show on their own. I see EVERYTHING that people are saying here. I’m actually watching Golden Ghost Town for the umpteenth time. Why, I don’t know because I’m sick of self serving Zak.His cohorts come across so much more honest and caring people. He uses his “friends” and sometimes could be to their detriment.
    Don’t care for him anymore. Wish Nick would come back and they have a team without Zach. He won’t take second fiddle he’ll need to leave. He’s a BULLY.

  6. Funny I just found this while checking the interwebs to see how people react to how Zak treats the team after cheering Billy on for yelling at him in the episode you reference above. Zak’s need to be the center of attention, overdramatizing everything and bullying his crew make it hard to watch. I end up spending my time busting on him through the show. ie – how many ghosts is he going to proposition today or how many times is he going to try to upstage Aaron. I’ve lost count of the number of times Aaron comments on an experience and Zak will jump in with ‘me too’ and completely take over the moment.

  7. I agree! Aaron clearly says no so many times an Zak bullies him. Zak tries to justify the bullying in the name of science or self growth for the victim. Enough!

  8. I found this article because I googled “Zak Bagans sucks” 😂 he is a bully and he’s a drama queen who can’t stand when he’s not the center of attention! Would love a show with Aaron, Jay and Billy! Zak drags the show down with his bullying and constant need to put others on the team in danger doing something or being in a place he would not himself be in. Also… He is seriously such a narcissist that he bought himself a throne and parades around in only his own clothing line (which sucks too, btw)!

  9. I have watched nearly every episode since 2008. As a counselor, I am shocked and embarrassed by his bullying. He masks his fear by ordering others to face them on his behalf. In the rare instances that he confronts, it is almost always in a an aggressive way. I have seen his bold, cocky ways become a tad bit tempered over the years. But, it’s a shame that he thinks that’s how to win respect. I love Bill Chappel’s genius devices. I also love how Billy approaches investigations. Aaron seems sweet, and Nick was great, I wish them all God’ protecting white light,

  10. I totally agree with all previous comments. Zak has a great team. He is totally reckless and sadistic. He shows zero leadership or concern for their safety. I am horrified by the danger he repeatedly puts Aaron and Billy in for the sake of ratings. Hilarious b/c he is way too afraid to do the crazy stupid things he makes his team do; things no one would agree to do. It sucks because you know they don’t have a choice if they want to keep their jobs. Its ridiculous. No wonder Nick left. He had way to much talent to put up with it. Its too bad because the show could be so much better but the bullying and lack of professionalism compromises his credibility.

  11. I also agree with everyone above Zach should grow a pair and stop letting everyone else stand in the way of danger I love the show but that upsets me

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