There are countless dirty jobs, and someone´s got to do them -- but now we won´t get to see Mike Rowe trying his hand at them: Discovery is pulling the plug on on its long-running reality series "Dirty Jobs." Rowe, the show´s host/creator/executive producer, announced the news in a blog post Wednesday. "A few weeks ago, I was officially informed that Dirty Jobs had entered into a new phase," he wrote. "One I like to call, ´permanent hiatus.´ Or in the more popular industry vernacular, canceled." The series, which spanned eight seasons
One of the best reality shows on TV. I think it is entertaining. But more importantly, I think the people highlighted on the show (the "hard working men and women") who are so absent from the entire Liberal world.
If the occupy people, the nth generation welfare recipients, and a large portion of the people in Congress had even a fraction of the work ethic the people on this show highlighted, then the world would be a much more productive place.
Mike Rowe was a great host and Dirty Jobs has been a family favorite of ours for years now. 7 years is a good run and Rowe will never lack in work. His voice has been used in narration in countless shows and commercials over the years. His biography tells me he is a go getter, a hard worker, and practices what he preaches on this show. I wish him and his devoted crew the best.
Well, whatever the reason, the loss is Discovery´s, not Mike Rowe´s. DJ will run into perpetuity on other channels, and he will continue to be a success. Also, Mike is completely dishy. Just thought I´d add that obvious factoid. ;)
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The Other Guy, 11/22/2012 12:08:54 PM (No. 9029421)
Dirty Jobs is one of the very few shows I watch on TV. Going to miss it. I, too, also subscribe to the theory that his public support for Romney played a large part in its cancellation. It would be informative to know how much negative feedback the network received from viewers after Rowe´s appearance for Romney. Might give some indication of whether the decision was motivated by that, or if it was completely payback by the network.
I´m with those who believe Mike got the jackboot from Disc. Channel libs for daring go against the entertainment party line. These pampered fools don´t have any concept of what the real world takes to revolve each day. Mike was such a boost to the working men & women he showcased, & yes, sometimes teased. Stupid execs should be tied to chairs with their eyes taped open and watch Bill Whittle´s youtube on Afterburner, ´Three & 1/2 Days´, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OAOrT0OcHh0&list=PLABCC53F051B98328&index=13&feature=plcp ,about how the luxuries they take for granted actually are made possible. And they should be Thankful!
Mike Rowe has a devlishly wicked sence of humor, maybe #1 didn´t get that. DJ is a wonderful insight into the world of WORK that the left never sees - neither the fine suited pol nor the knuckle-dragging obamafoniac. Gonna miss Mike, but he´ll be just fine. If he should run for office - a dirty job in itself, he´d get a good portion of the women´s vote!
I think #26 hit the nail on the head. After 8 years, they´ve simply run out of fresh ideas. But it was one of the very few programs that I watched on TV. And Rowe is a funny guy. He always saw the value in not only educating, but in entertaining as well. I´ll miss the show.
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