The tribute to the stuntman, who died at age 34 in a Pennsylvania car crash in June, will give viewers an intimate look into Ryan’s life, from his early years in Ohio, to his antics with the Jackass crew, to his untimely death. Among the many close friends who will appear in the special are Johnny Knoxville, Rob Dyrdek, Wee Man, Chris Pontius, Jeff Tremaine and Bam Margera. Dunn’s fans will be able to catch never-before-seen footage of the star from his time on “Viva la Bam,” “Jackass” and much more.
While Knoxville admitted that Dunn’s death is still “a surreal thing to undertake,” he explained his reasons for serving as one of the special’s executive producers, alongside Jeff Tremaine, Spike Jonze and Derek Freda. “I still can’t believe he’s gone but we wouldn’t trust anyone else with this, so we are doing the best we can for Ryan, his family, friends, and everyone who loved him,” Knoxville said in a statement.
Van Toffler, president of Viacom’s Music Group, also shared his thoughts on the memorial special: “Weaving together footage of Ryan for this special reminds us all of what a special friend he was to so many. He is sorely missed by his MTV family and fans, but his mischievous, caring spirit lives on.”
Before the tribute kicks off, MTV will air three episodes of the Dyrdek-hosted “Ridiculousness,” beginning at 9 p.m. After encore episodes featuring Knoxville and Tremaine, fans will be treated to a brand-new episode of the series, which features one of Dunn’s final television appearances. In the episode, the star highlights some of the Internet’s most entertaining viral videos with the help of Rob and friends Chanel and Sterling “Steelo” Brim.
This isn’t the first time friends and family have come together to remember Dunn’s legacy . Shortly after his death, “Jackass” co-star Rick Kosick cut together a five-and-a-half-minute montage of the star’s most memorable moments in a clever yet emotional video set to Roger Alan Wade’s “The Light Outlives the Star.”
Don’t miss the “Ryan Dunn Tribute Special,” airing Monday, November 28, at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT on MTV.