Dominic Monaghan credits Steve Irwin for inspiring 'Wild Things'

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dominic-monaghan-wild-things-bbca.jpgFormer "Lost" star Dominic Monaghan is starring in a nature show on BBC America, and for that we can thank "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin.

At the TCA winter press tour Saturday (Jan. 5), Monaghan said Irwin is "one of the major reasons" he wanted to do the show, "Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan." The eight-episode show follows him as he travels to Namibia, Vietnam and other places in search of exotic wildlife.

Monaghan was filming "Lost" when Irwin died in 2006, and he recalls being "devastated" at hearing the news.

"I had said for a long time to a lot of people that I was going to make a nature show. After I got over the initial shock of him dying, I just thought, if this is not a reason for me to pick up the pieces now and make this show, I don't know what is," Monaghan says.

"He meant a lot to me -- I never got a chance to meet him or tell him that, but he meant a lot to me. I think he was a superb human being across the board. So there are elements of the show that in my way is a love letter to Steve Irwin, to what he achieved as a person."

"Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan" premieres at 10 p.m. ET Jan. 22 on BBC America.
Photo/Video credit: BBC America