These guys are the original “Ghost Hunters” and with season 10 premiering this Wednesday, Jason and Steve stopped by “Fox and Friends Weekend” live on Sunday morning to talk about some of the new things on board this year with the TAPS crew. This Syfy Channel reality show is starting season 10 with a visit to the Wild Turkey Distillery in Kentucky in the “Barrels of Boos” episode.
According to Reality Blurred on August 21, the “Ghost Hunters” will be searching that distillery for its long-dead founders. It is during this episode where Steve and Jason investigating the distillery together, come across what looks like a person. It is not any member of their team and the TAPS crew are the only ones in the distillery at the time. This makes for some great ghost hunting!
Jason Hawes, who is the founder of TAPS on “Ghost Hunters,” and Steve Gonsalves, who is the lead investigator of the crew, sat on the curvy couch on “Fox and Friends Weekend” Sunday, August 23. They talked with Clayton Morris about some of the new technology they are using this season that has been phenomenal for hunting the ghosts. While they both believe ghosts do exist, they also say that 80 percent of the reported ghost sightings they investigate can be explained naturally and is not paranormal phenomenon.
TV Guide describes the TAPS team, which is the team seen on “Ghost Hunters,” as a group who answers calls from ordinary folks who think they are seeing poltergeists. It is a simple idea, but it offers some really interesting TV viewing.
Debunking hauntings doesn’t make for interesting TV, as people don’t want to hear about a guy who thought he was seeing ghosts, but wasn’t. That is why many of their cases don’t make it to the screen. They’ve come across cases where early onset of schizophrenia was the source of a person hearing voices, not the ghosts they first reported. They’ve had cases were medication was bringing on hallucinations. They’ve had reports of unexplained apparitions and found that they were just a figment of a medicated mind. Steve joked saying they’ve come across over medicated folks and self-medicating folks who were reporting things that weren’t really there.
They take a very scientific approach to their ghost hunting and they go in hoping to debunk the reports of spirits. They do these investigations free of charge, said Jason, who is the proud pop of Samantha Hawes, one of the newer team members of the last few seasons. She’s a natural and even if she wasn’t the TAPS founder’s daughter, she would be someone they’d take on for sure!
The TAPS members are there to help people who are concerned, worried and scared about what they are experiencing. The “Ghost Hunters” can name a long list of emotions that families have suffered because paranormal events are going on around them and they have nowhere to turn.
Jason, Steve and the TAPS team goes out to the location and investigates using state of the art technology and by documenting everything they experience. This season they were able to try out prototypes of some new technology that they appear very excited about. Clayton Morris has asked to join the TAPS crew on one of their future ghost hunting adventures and Jason and Steve said they’d be thrilled to have him!
Jason said these reported hauntings that they investigate have serious consequences on some families. He said they investigated a home a few seasons back where a child was poking their own eyes because of the things they were seeing. While 80 percent of the investigations turn out to have natural origins, 20 percent are real hauntings.
Tune in on Wednesday, August 26, at 9 p.m. ET for the season 10 premiere of “Ghost Hunters.” The TAPS team will investigate the Wild Turkey Distillery for reported hauntings of deceased family members who once owned the distillery.