What happened to Wil on Forged in Fire? Fans are curious about the 2020 season 8 host so let’s get the situation explained and consider Wil Willis’ absence.

It’s been a year for the books. Yet, much of it has been spent trying to stave off boredom in lockdown at home.

People have come to appreciate their hobbies even more over the months, whether that be exercise, cooking, gaming, and of course, TV.

Despite the pandemic plaguing a number of productions and delaying the release of highly anticipated shows and seasons, we’ve still been treated to some quality entertainment so far in 2020.

For you History Channel fans out there, November ushers in the exciting return of Forged in Fire!

This beloved American competition series premiered back in 2015 and earned such an admirable fanbase over the second half of the last decade.

Indeed, there are no signs of trailing off and it’s back on screens for a new season on Wednesday, November 18th 2020.

However, it won’t exactly be the same…

still from Forged in Fire, Outpost Entertainment, YouTube

What happened to Wil on Forged in Fire?

  • While it’s uncertain why Wil wasn’t in the trailer for the new season, fans speculate that he’s having time off with his family. Here’s why…

As highlighted by Earn the Necklace, the teaser for the forthcoming season teases a brand new host in Ben Abbott, a two-time winner of the show who was promoted to the judge’s panel back in season 4.

The History Channel hasn’t offered a statement regarding the change of host and Wil Willis hasn’t addressed his absence in the trailer either, which has led some audiences to speculate that it may simply be a temporary hiatus with Ben covering.

As earlier hinted, the previous source acknowledges that Wil and his wife Krystle Amina had their first child – Flash Orion Willis – earlier this year in March 2020.

So, it’s likely that he was spending time with his family when preparations for the show were underway and decided to take a break.

It’s uncertain whether he’ll return for the following season or if Ben will continue to hold down the fort.

Fans react to Wil Willis’ absence

Since the trailer emerged without humble host Wil, a number of fans have flocked to Twitter to weigh in with their thoughts and reactions.

Considering Wil has been with Forged in Fire from the start, it’s hardly surprising that the series’ devoted admirers are a little taken aback.

Check out a selection of tweets:

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