Daredevil Nik Wallenda Reacts to Ringling Brothers Closing

The former Ringling performer shares his thoughts on the coming shutdown of the famed circus.
1:52 | 01/15/17

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Transcript for Daredevil Nik Wallenda Reacts to Ringling Brothers Closing
Mixed feelings. I spoke with NIK Wallenda, whose family started first with ring ling brothers in 1928 and was part of the circus for two years starting in 2007. We want to thank you for joining us. Given your family's history, I can only imagine this was tough to hear. How with you talking the news? It's quite heart breaking. When I found out they were going to close down a 147-year-old American icon. It's upsetting to say the least. My family came over here and I am here because of ringling brothers and Barnum pand pabd Bailey circus. It's heart breaking for sure. The el finds were removed from the show in 2016. That impact really felt immediately. There was criticism that the circus didn't keep up with the times. Was there anything they could have done to salvage the situation and avoid closing? It's hard to answer that question. I do believe it is all about keeping up with the times. In fact, my mom wrote a book when E was much younger saying she felt like the circus was dying and going away. You could see it receding in attendance. 146 year. The greatest show on Earth. How do you want people to remember the circus? You know, that's a heart breaking question. The circus will go on. It's been an industry that's been through the thick and thin, ups and downs. It will go on. Maybe not in if form of ringling brothers. I'm more than willing to continue on the legacy my family started in the 1780s. Thank you, NIK. We'll look for you in your next feat, whatever that may be. Thank you for joining us. Awesome. Thanks to much.

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