In the first episode of Stargate: SG-1, it is implied that MacGyver is a TV show in the Stargate universe, when Samantha Carter comments on the compactness of the DHD, and how it "took them years to MacGyver a system [emphasis mine]" on Earth.

If this is the case, what actor is likely to be portraying MacGyver, as Richard Dean Anderson probably doesn't exist?

(Caveat 1: This answer probably does not have a canonical answer.)

(Caveat 2: The canonicity of the existence of the MacGyver TV show in-universe is possibly dubious, as the recut of the first episode, "Children of the Gods", omits the line entirely, and no further (spoken) references are made to the show.)

(Caveat 3: It is of course possible that Richard Dean Anderson does exist in the Stargate 'verse, in a Rainier Wolfcastle type situation.)

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    @Monty129: I feel it's the kind of troubling philosophical question science fiction is wont to raise, maybe? – Williham Totland Sep 17 '13 at 0:08
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    Why wouldn't Richard Dean Anderson exist in the Stargate universe? – System Down Sep 17 '13 at 0:15
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    as you point out, this question doesn't and likely never will have a canon answer, so any answers to it would be speculation and baseless guessing... – KutuluMike Sep 17 '13 at 0:33
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    TV Tropes reference: Celebrity Paradox. They've got a section on SG-1. – BESW Sep 17 '13 at 0:55
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    @MichaelEdenfield As discussed here and here, "there is no canon answer" is sometimes the most valid answer. – phantom42 Sep 17 '13 at 17:30

This question is fun and it really was just improvised on the set as a joke. Look at this. They were just having fun by breaking down the "fourth wall." There is no canon, as far as I know. It's just a wink to the fans and a laugh for the people making the show.

I only post this as an answer instead of a comment because of the bloopers and lack of canon evidence. I don't think it is "merely guessing" that referencing an actor's previous role is a joke for fans. It seems to me there can be no other answer especially when you see the clip above poking fun at Richard.

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    It should also be noted that in the remastered "Children of the Gods: The Final Cut", they changed the line from "MacGyver" to "jury rig." So retroactively this situation didn't happen and there is no paradox. Then again, SGA 2x05 "Condemned" had McKay asking "What am I, MacGyver?" – Thunderforge Oct 7 '13 at 19:06

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