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When it comes to reality TV, success and popularity usually go in hand with scandals and legal issues. The same can be said about the worldwide known “American Chopper” and its main star Paul Teutul Sr, who besides being a prominent businessman and bike builder, is also well-known for being prone to trouble both on and off screen.

While Paul Sr’s personal issues include his severed family bonds, addictions and a considerable number of lawsuits against him, in recent years his serious financial difficulties have also taken a prominent space in his life.

So is it true that Paul Teutul Sr owes lots of money to a photographer? What is his current financial situation, and what has happened to his business in recent years? Stay here to know all about the money issues faced by the Teutul patriarch, and so much more!

Does He Owe Money To A Photographer?

Unfortunately, Paul Teutul Sr is no stranger to controversy and legal problems, which is why the fact that he was sued by a photographer isn’t surprising for those who have been following him closely.

According to reports, in 2013 a Pennsylvanian man named Scott Gunnells took pics of Paul Sr’s youngest son Michael Teutul, and registered them under copyright laws. Nonetheless, around 2018, Gunnells found out that not only had Michael been using his photos without permission for his social media, and to promote his art events, but also that his work had been used in “American Chopper” and its merchandise brand, having deleted his watermark.

How much money was made from the merchandise sale was undisclosed, but it was apparently enough for a New York court to rule in Gunnells’ favor by ordering Discovery, Pilgrim Media Group, Paul Sr and Michael to pay him $258,484.45 in damages. While the debt was most likely paid right away, this case is only one of the failed legal battles Paul Sr has faced in recent years, which have taken a toll on his financial situation.

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Fraud Lawsuit

Being ordered to pay over $200,000 was surely a strong hit for Paul Sr, but it certainly wasn’t his first time in court for issues related to money, as back in April 2017, was sued for fraud by a former business partner.

Reportedly, in 2015 Thomas Derbyshire allegedly founded the production of “American Chopper”s spin-off “American Made”, which would feature both Paul Sr and actor Rusty Coones from the Drama series “Sons Of Anarchy” as well. However, Derbyshire stated that not only had Paul Sr refused to film alongside Coones as his contract stated, but also that he used the production’s money to pay his son Michael’s salary, without authorization, on top of trying to change the deal to receive a bigger cut of the profits.

All these accusations were denied by Paul Sr’s lawyers, who told Page Six that: ‘Derbyshire’s interpretation of said events is without merit​’, also adding that ‘the timing is very suspect of once again untrue allegations’, due to its closeness to “American Choppers”’s 2018 revival. No further information about the case has been revealed.

Breach In Contract Lawsuit

Another one of Paul Teutul Sr’s money-related legal battles took place in late 2018, when he was sued by a car shop for breach of contract. It goes back to August that year, when Paul Sr commissioned the JTM Motorsports to modify his 2009 Corvette ZR1, in exchange of featuring their business in “American Choppers”, which revival aired that year.

However, Paul Sr allegedly failed to comply with his part of the deal, leading the company to sue him for breach of contract, demanding that he repay the money the company spent in the car’s reparation, plus storage time, amounting to over $50,000.

Later JTM Motorsports chose to waive the storage fees charges, but their repayment claims were ruled valid by the court, which ordered Paul Sr to pay $30,000 when the case was sealed in January 2019. Nonetheless, by May that year Paul Sr had failed to pay the awarded money, and was ordered to pay $17,000 right away.

That being said, Paul Sr’s inability to comply with the initial court’s ruling was caused by his then severe financial problems, which even led him to file for bankruptcy in late 2018.

Was Paul Sr Bankrupt?

Unfortunately, Paul Sr’s repeated legal issues eventually took a toll on his personal finances, leading him to file for Bankruptcy in February 2018.

According to reports, Paul Sr’s Chapter 13 bankruptcy application allowed him to reschedule repayment plans for his creditors to whom he owed $1,070,893.44. These debts were worrisome considering Paul Sr then current net worth was $1,801,729, and was largely the interest fees of his New York home. Other details in the case point out that Paul Sr’s monthly income was little over $15,000 at the time, but his expenses were $12,612.

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While it was revealed that Paul Sr owed over $150,000 in taxes plus thousands to credit card companies and in medical bills, it was also reported there was a judgment against him of $32,000, though it’s unknown from which legal battle that debt originated.

Although at the time “American Choppers” revival was yet to premiere, it was evident that Paul Sr’s financial situation was worsening with time, reaching a new low in April 2019, when his trustee accused him of not providing enough documentation about his income and tax returns, thus putting in doubt receiving legal protection was appropriate in his case.

Did He Sell His Home?

At the point when Paul Sr’s situation looked ghastly, he found a way out of it by selling his New York home in 2019. Nonetheless, he faced numerous troubles before recovering.

Reportedly, the Teutul patriarch took a millionaire mortgage to build said home back in 2005, lowering his monthly payments two times prior to 2017, when he allegedly still owed $870,939.43. In order to seal his mortgage and pay other debts, Paul Sr put the 32-acre homestead up for sale for $2.9 million, though later lowering the price to $2.49 million.

By the time he filed for bankruptcy in 2018, the value of his home was apparently $1.8 million, quite a difference from the sale price he initially put on it. As the bankruptcy case progressed, the sale of the mansion seemed to stagnate to say the least, until in May 2019 he finally sold it for $1.9 million, however, other valuable assets were included in the deal, such as boats, tools, animals and machinery, on top of the already attractive features the home had, such as a volleyball court, a barn and even waterfalls.

Certainly saying goodbye to his home was difficult for Paul Teutul Sr, but the deal was necessary to settle his financial problems at the time.

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Was Orange County Choppers Demolished?

One of the most memorable moments in “American Choppers” history took place in 2020, with the premiere of the spin-off “The Last Ride”, featuring Paul Sr and his son Paul Jr working together for the first time in a decade.

While it was mentioned in the show that Orange County Choppers was moving to Florida, as its headquarters were soon to be demolished, apparently the building still exists. According to a report by the local radio station WGNA, by August 2022 the old Orange County Choppers headquarters were still standing, though some damage to the structure, broken glass and destroyed floors was evident.

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The property is allegedly abandoned nowadays, which is sad considering that in January 2021, some plans of repurposing the structure were under way. As WPDH reported then, some considered that the property might serve as housing for homeless people in the community, while others thought about transforming it into a new business.

It’s unknown why plans for bringing new life to the building haven’t seen the light of day so far, but any fan of “American Choppers” would surely feel nostalgic at seeing the old Orange County Choppers basement in such a bad condition.

What Businesses Did Paul Sr Have?

Long before even thinking of owning a chopper building business, Paul Teutul Sr was already an accomplished businessman. In the early 1970s, Paul Sr founded his first business in co-partnership with John Grosso, his long-time friend and drinking partner.

As the business grew, Paul Sr’s alcoholic tendencies grew to an unbearable point; it wasn’t until he sobered up in 1985 that he saw things in a different light, deciding that his old business wasn’t enough. Paul Sr’s renewed drive resulted in him breaking his partnership with Grosso, building a new shop, and the business just kept growing: ‘I ended up tripling the size of the facility and renting another building down the street’, he recalled in his autobiography “The Ride of a Lifetime”.

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Paul Sr passed from having a couple of employees to hiring dozens, but not everything was positive. By the time Orange County Iron Works was at its peak, Paul Sr’s choice to stay away from alcohol rifted his friendship with Grosso, who died six months after leaving his employee position in the shop.

Despite that unfortunate personal loss, Paul Sr focused on growing his business until that also wasn’t enough. In 1999, the Teutul patriarch left Iron Works in the hands of his family, passing on to making his dream of building bikes a reality.

Founding Orange County Choppers

While the official start of Orange County Chopper occurred in 1999, Paul Sr had been building bikes long before that. According to his 2009 autobiography, in the early 1970s he was buying vintage parts from a local distributor named Ted Doering, who owned a business called V-Twin Manufacturing at the time.

Although Doering would rise to fame some decades later, as a major distributor for bike parts, at the time he was a small business owner who also wasn’t a fan of what Paul Sr did to the articles he bought from him. Nonetheless, that small detail didn’t stop them from becoming friends, with Doering also became Paul Sr’s mentor: ‘He was the guy who would point me in the right direction in terms of the parts I needed to build the bike I wanted to create’, he wrote.

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Those were Paul Sr’s beginnings in the business, but still taking a couple of decades before actually entering the custom bike building industry. Then just a couple of months after starting Orange County Choppers, his shop’s creations were in chopper events all around the US.

Fraud Accusations

As Paul Sr entirely focused on Orange County Choppers, his old metalworking business was about to fall down an unfortunate route.

As it happens, in 1999 Paul Sr reportedly sold Orange County Iron Works Inc to his oldest son Paul Teutul Jr, but stil remained as an employee of the business. Upon the success of Orange County Choppers, Jr apparently chose to close Iron Works Inc, and buy a share of the custom bike building shop. However, Paul Sr’s second son Daniel kept the former business alive by buying its assets for $185,000 in 2004.

Unfortunately, Iron Works Inc didn’t last long after that, as in 2005 a company named Turner Construction filed and won a lawsuit for $1.3 million for breach of contract against Iron works. The business filed for bankruptcy right after the court’s ruling, but were accused of fraud in 2007 by their case’s trustee Tom Genova, for having allegedly transferred Iron Works Inc’s assets to a new company named Orange County Ironworks LLC, a business’ move he considered hindering their obligations to the old company’s debtors.

The case was finally closed in 2009, as Ironworks LLC and Genova came to a $500,000 settlement.

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What Happened To “American Chopper”?

While it’s evident that neither Paul Sr nor the rest of the family avoid legal troubles, the future seems bright for Orange County Choppers.

Upon the closure of its old New York headquarters, Paul Sr and his team moved to their new building in Florida, named Orange County Choppers Roadhouse & Museum, officially opened in mid-2021, to offer clientele a bar and grill experience, and a bike museum in the same place, while the business still builds custom choppers next door.

While the move was meant as a fresh start for Paul Sr, it was also a decision he expected to favor him on the business-side: ‘there’s more of a sense of freedom in Florida, more of a fan base and you can ride for about nine months out of the year’, he told Times Herald Record.

For now it’s unknown if this new chapter in Orange County Choppers’ story will bring back a revival of “American Chopper” as well, but it’s relieving to see that Paul Sr’s legendary business is still alive, despite the variety of difficulties he’s faced so far.

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The Untold Truth About Expedition Unknown

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Although stories about previously unknown, ancient treasures and unveiled mysteries are usually seen as fictional fantasies, those same topics are exactly what makes “Expedition Unknown” so endearing. While the show takes us to the most fantastic and historically meaningful places around the world, what has really been keeping us engrossed with it for years it’s discovering the biggest secrets history has in store for us, which wouldn’t otherwise be possible.

“Expedition Unknown”s premise is very unique and so are the show’s settings, format and approach to topics. However, knowing how well produced and planned it is, it makes us wonder about things we aren’t able to see on-screen.

For this we have prepared a list of the less known facts about the show, including interesting bits about its host Josh Gates, his crew and what they’ve discovered so far. This is the unknown truth about “Expedition Unknown“.

Josh Has An Impressive Career

Just in case you have missed it, Josh Gates has an impressive career both in and outside the entertainment industry. A native of Massachusetts and born into a British-American family, Josh graduated from Tufts University with a degree in Archeology and Drama.

Although the fields are an uncommon combination, his professional background has allowed him to incorporate both. His debut on TV happened back in 2002, when he made short appearances in the ESPN’s game show “Beg, Borrow & Deal” and other TV productions. His big time finally came in 2007 with “Ghost Hunters” and “Destination Truth”, which became Syfy’s most watched show for a while.

While his career as an actor is less well-known, it’s not non-existent either, having played roles in low-budget movies such as “Party Foul” in 2003, and “Hard Cell” in 2007.

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Josh has also been involved with the production of many of the series he’s hosted, including “Stranded” and “Legendary Locations”.

Though Josh’s background as an archaeologist has allowed him to develop the proper experience to be his show’s investigator, his involvement with paranormal-related and myth-hunter shows make him a very multi-faceted TV personality as well.

Filming Takes A Long Time

As expected, when it comes to a show so well planned and shot on location like “Expedition Unknown” is, filming could take unexpectedly long periods of hard work.

As it happens, in “Expedition Unknown” we’re used to seeing Josh and his experts travel around the world. Though that would be genuinely enjoyable for almost everyone, transporting the camera crew and production staff to those places usually takes weeks or even months of preparation, besides the normal time filming takes.

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All in all, it’s said that to produce every season of “Expedition Unknown”, the crew take 200 days a year, out of which hundreds of hours are spent in airplanes and other transport, as Josh affirms.

The Most Dangerous Place

For those who are used to seeing Josh Gates shenanigans in the show, it’s hard to think of naming only one place as the most life-endangering.

However, Josh’s closest call was definitely in Myanmar. It happened back in 2015, when he and his crew were filming the episode “Curse Of The Golden Bell” in the search for an ancient and lost artifact which took him to the depths of the Yangon River. While Josh is a professional scuba diver, he didn’t consider the difficulties that entailed swimming in such muddy waters.

The lack of visibility caused by the heavy pollution and strong currents made his mission to find King Dhammazedi’s Great Bell impossible.

As he affirms, diving there was like ‘working with a blindfold on, feeling around underwater’ and despite his initial enthusiasm, the conditions were not only just too dangerous, but actually the worst he’d ever experienced.

All in all, desisting from it was a good idea, especially considering how many people have actually died in the Yangon River while looking for the Great Bell.

Unexpected News While Filming

It’s nothing out of the normal for TV casts to be in contact with their families while filming, especially for shows like “Expedition Unknown”, in which the crews have to spend long periods traveling and away from their loved ones.

As it comes, Josh Gates was given one of the best news items of his life while filming the show. It was back in season two, when Josh and his crew were in Portugal filming the episode “Secrets of Christopher Columbus”, as he was phoned by his wife to tell him they were having a baby.

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The exact moment in which an overly excited and emotional Josh informs people around him that he was going to become a dad for the first time, was filmed and included in the episode.

Later in season four, again while on the road with the “Expedition Unknown”s crew, Josh was informed that he was going to become a father for a second time; he wasn’t filmed, we can clearly imagine his reaction.

Humor Doesn’t Always Go As It Should

Despite being an investigation-centered show, “Expedition Unknown” always has a little touch of humor to make everything lighter.

However, despite how entertaining and light-hearted Josh Gates’ jokes are to us, he affirms that being funny isn’t his strongest skill. According to him, his attempt at humor ‘falls flat all the time’, but it’s admittedly his way of not only keeping the audience’s attention, but to make the work environment easier to endure during situations hard to deal with.

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Despite the extensive planning the show’s staff does, things in “Expedition Unknown” don’t always go as they should while filming, so joking and trying to lift everyone’s spirits on set is considered important in Josh’s perspective. That positive approach is probably appreciated by his fellow co-workers, and the audience surely enjoys seeing  and hearing it.

Food Is Not Always Safe To Consume

For a show such as “Expedition Unknown”, unexpected problems related to environmental factors occur quite often. As is obvious, the crew usually deals with problems just fine, but there are times in which things get so out of hand that it could endanger the cast’s wellbeing.

The latter situation happened during the fourth season, when the crew was in Ecuador filming “Hunt for the Metal Library”, and had to spend a long time enclosed in a cave. While the crew was prepared beforehand to successfully face the conditions of said environment, having to eat in a place where there were many animals had its consequences.

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This resulted in three members of the show’s crew falling sick for consuming bat’s excrement that somehow had fallen on their food. While their health’s condition didn’t worsen and their sickness was actually not as serious as it sounds, it’s enough to give us an idea of how far the show goes to keep the cameras rolling.

Josh Married A Co-Star

As should be obvious, Josh Gates’ work schedule has been very hectic since he made his TV debut. Knowing he spends a significant part of his life on set, it’s understandable that he ended up meeting his significant other half there as well.

As it happened, Josh and his then wife-to-be Hallie Gnatovich met on the set of his formerly-hosted show “Destination Truth”, for which she worked as an off-camera researcher. Though details about their relationship are unknown, in 2014 they tied the knot, and have since welcomed two children together.

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Despite Josh’s celebrity status, he and Hallie have carefully kept their children’s privacy, by not revealing their names or faces to the public. Regardless of their choice maintaining their private, their relationship always looked blissful from the outside, that is until Hallie announced in August 2021 that she and Josh had been separated for ‘a year and half’. In her words, their divorce had been officialized just a couple of months before, and both of them were still trying to figure out their shared parenthood and separate lives.

Josh Gates Famous Necklace

One never gets surprised enough when it comes to celebrities and things their fans do for them. Although Josh Gates’ personality is pretty much on the humble and chill side, some of the weirdest aspects of being famous is the fact that his necklace, which he usually wears in the show, has become quite popular as well.

If you don’t believe us, you only have to look up “Josh Gates Necklace” on Facebook, and see it for yourself. As it turns out, the page is very active and usually updates “Expedition Unknown” fans on Josh’s shenanigans.

While the aforementioned accessory has been described as ‘not magical’ by Josh, seeing that its page has over 3,000 fans and keeps growing, it makes us question if his words are actually untrue.

How Topics Are Selected

Seeing that “Expedition Unknown”s main premise is that of pursuing and unveiling ancient mysteries, it’s only expected that a lot of research takes place prior to letting its crew adventure into often unknown territory.

There are certain aspects which play a big role while choosing what and where the show’s crew is going to explore. While every myth could be interesting enough to be considered, what catches the show’s research team’s attention is if the stories indeed have substance, or as Josh describes it, if they have ‘meat on the bone’.

With the help of international archaeologists and experts in other fields, Josh and his crew follow the leads that actually lead to something instead of simply being completely unproven.

Besides the obvious pre-research that they go through, logistics and resources are factors not to be left aside. However, according to Josh, he and the show’s crew go on their adventures without knowing a great deal about what is going to happen in the end, which obviously makes the whole deal more interesting for both them and the audience.

What Josh Has To Say About William Shatner

Throughout the years, “Expedition Unknown” has surely given us many memorable moments. Out of those, one of the most interesting was shown in the series’ spin-off, “Shark Trek”, featuring William Shatner.

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Of course, this sort of tribute to “Star Trek” was unexpected considering the show’s usual concept. Despite that, the challenges encountered by Josh Gates’ crew along the way turned out as an extraordinary experience for everyone.

However, if there’s something that stuck in our heads it was how easily William adapted to the show. It wasn’t only us who noticed it though, as Josh admitted himself that besides being an amazing co-star, William’s genuine interest made everything more enjoyable.

According to Josh, what made William’s a memorable partner was definitely his willingness to ‘tackle and understand’ his fear, in order to ultimately conquer it. Those are qualities which surely an expedition expert such as Josh appreciates a lot, and will make us remember the special show with a smile for a long time.

The Reason They Went On Exploring Sharks

As entertaining as “Expedition Unknown: Shark Trek’ was, at first many people were surprised to find that the series would continue exploring sharks, which was an admittedly unusual topic for a series mostly focused on uncovering other types of mysteries.

While the reaction is understandable, there were actually good reasons for this objective. As Josh explained, more than just going on a trip looking for sharks, his main focus was to explore human’s fearful attitude towards the unknown. In his words, the common fear towards these animals is partially caused by the media’s influence, films such as “Jaws”, and prejudices based on their appearance. However, by examining these sea creatures, Josh wanted to not only understand them, but to debunk the many misconceptions surrounding the species.

Needless to say, Josh’s intentions with the show are well appreciated by the audience, and surely by environmentalists as well.

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The Reason It Has Many Spin-Offs

“Expedition Unknown” has spawned several spin-off mini-series over the years, including titles such as “Hunt For The Yeti” and “Egypt Live”, which makes us feel happy to see it becoming a successful franchise.

However, while these aforementioned series were meant to show specific expeditions made by the crew in a deeper way, for the last couple of years, long-running spin-offs “Josh Gates Tonight” and “Expedition X” have also been released.

The reasoning behind creating these series in this new format, is a matter of adapting to the several regulations related to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has made it difficult to produce “Expedition Unknown” in the same way we were used to.

Traveling and filming is also a big concern for the show’s production team for the same reason, but they’ve at least continued to produce content for the franchise until the situation improves. That’s a relief for fans, who still wait for “Expedition Unknown”s return to TV screens as it was previously.

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For a time, fans of the reality-television series called “Fast N’Loud” were worried that one of its stars, Christie Brimberry, wouldn’t appear again in their favorite automotive restoration TV show. Due to health issues, she couldn’t perform her duties as the office manager of Richard Rawling’s Gas Monkey Garage, which was the focal point of the reality-TV series. She took a break from managing the business in 2016 to focus on getting healthy, with the blessing of everyone in the shop. Loyal fans were relieved when she was seen again in the 15th season of one of the most-watched car shows on Discovery Channel.

Christie’s Early Life and Family

Not much information about her family and early life was revealed to the public. All that was known about her was that she was born on 25 March 1972, in Dallas, Texas, because Christie was very careful about what she shared in her social media accounts and during interviews.

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On her social media pages, she was proud to post that she had a good relationship with her parents, most especially her mother who passed away in 2015. She also shared some rare photos with her sister, and said that she was her ‘ride or die until the tires fall off’.

Christie has been married for many years to Darren Brimberry, a professional hairstylist with a hair salon in Dallas. She has six children, and some featured in her Instagram account, although some fans wondered why she has children of Afro-American descent. A fan complimented her for adopting them, but another said that she didn’t adopt any of them, but without offering any other information; much speculation formed but she never addressed the isue. Some of her children have graduated from college, and some are already married. When she posted a tribute to her mother during Mother’s Day in 2020, she mentioned that her old lady was about to be a great-grandmother soon.

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From Gas Monkey Garage to “Fast N’Loud” reality-TV

The Gas Monkey Garage is a Dallas-based custom auto shop founded by Richard Rawlings. After seeing automotive shows on TV, he realized that there was a chunk of the untapped market that those TV shows hadn’t taken advantage of – he noticed that his wife and kids wouldn’t stay and watch an auto show with him. The businessman in him knew that he needed to have a garage first to get to that point of creating a TV show. It was like hitting two birds with one stone, since his passion was automotive restoration and customization, so he sold his printing and advertising business to open up a garage in Dallas. Christie was hired through her husband, Darren, who was Richard’s hairstylist.

For many years, he had been pitching the TV show concept to Discovery Channel, until the cable executives eventually accepted the idea and “Fast N’Loud,” was born.

Unlike other automotive shows on TV with overwhelming machismo, Richard toned it down and made it appealing to women and kids without turning off the male viewers. The premise of the TV series was that he would look for worn-down classic or vintage cars all over the country, and purchase them for his team to restore them at the garage. After the fabrication and restoration process, Richard would sell the vehicle at a higher price, creating a significant profit for the business.

All through this, Christie was responsible for assisting Richard in dealing with all the chaos and drama involving the various people in the team – even shouting at her boss – to make sure everyone stayed on course so that they could meet the deadline. The first episode aired in June 2012 and the final episode in June 2020, all in all 155 episodes over the course of 16 seasons, produced by Pilgrim Studios for Discovery Channel.

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Meet Christie’s Co-Workers at Gas Monkey Garage

It might be Richard Rawlings who owned the garage, but it was his team of experienced professionals who were responsible for the actual restoration and customization of each car. He had the final say on the overall plan, such as choosing the car to be restored, the schedule, and approval of the budget for the proposed project, while Richard’s sister, Daphne Kaminski, worked as the Head of Operations.

The main mechanic and chief fabricator, Aaron Kaufman, was there almost from the start until he left the garage to open up his own fabrication shop in 2018, and subsequently starred in his own TV show also aired on Discovery Channel. He was with Richard for 14 years, but they maintained a friendship afterwards, as Richard respected him not only as a fabricator but also as a person. Christie even promoted and congratulated Aaron when he finally launched his own online shop.

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The rest of the team was comprised of Tony Cano, Mike Coy, and Kennan Hons (Paint and Body Tech Team), Chad Isbell (Automotive Parts Expert), Russell Holmes (Mechanic), J. Cheatham and J. Freeman (Fabricators), Jon Rodriguez (Wiring Expert), and Jason Aker (Firebird expert),

The Real Reason Why Christie Left Gas Monkey Garage in 2016

Ignoring potential health problems was one of the reasons why Christie had to leave Gas Monkey Garage abruptly and indefinitely. It was revealed that back in October 2016, she went through life-threatening surgery to remove a cancerous lymph node from her thyroid. Initially, she didn’t want to share her experience with the public, as she was a very private person. However, she eventually thought it best to educate people about the importance of getting a medical examination when one’s body didn’t feel right.

Apparently, before August 2016 ended, she felt something like a small knot in her throat, but ignored it, thinking that it just had something to do with her Hashimoto condition, a disease that attacks the thyroid and creates nodules in the throat. When it became annoying and felt like having a finger shoved down her throat, Christie had it examined; she had an ultrasound, and when the doctor saw the size of the nodule, a biopsy followed. Somehow she knew deep inside that it could be something worse and dangerous, and 12 days later, her suspicions were confirmed. She had thyroid cancer and the only good thing about it was the doctor saying that it had only affected one lymph node, but it had to be treated right away because it was aggressive.

Christie was assured by her doctor that it would be an easy surgery, that the removal of the thyroid and the cancerous lymph node was done in one day, however, when they operated on her, it was discovered that cancer had spread and a cluster of lymph nodes was removed.

The doctor also had to remove a part of her trachea because it was affected as well. Unfortunately, during the process of removing all of it, the nerve in her voice box was cut, which resulted in her having no voice at all, and she was informed that the condition could last for about six months or so. Christie also had chemotherapy to help fully remove the cancerous cells from her body.

In November 2016, the tube that was inserted in her throat and the stitches were removed, however, the doctor identified that the left side of her voice box was still paralyzed, which made talking and swallowing difficult. Instead of the initial prognosis of six months, the doctor said it would take around eight months to a year before she regained her voice.

Christie went back for a follow-up after a month, and there was an improvement. She got her voice tone back, but she lost a lot of volume.

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She was advised to stop taking her thyroid medication so that she could receive Radioactive Iodine treatment; this created an imbalance in her thyroid hormones, that left her emotionally drained, such that she would cry often, and had little control over her emotions. Being on a low iodine diet, which meant no bread, no dairy and no commercially processed food, made it even more unbearable.

However, after a year of non-stop treatment and a disciplined lifestyle, Christie was declared cancer-free by her doctor in December 2017. She posted on her official Facebook page, ‘I went through the last of my treatment last week, and had my one-year bone scan on Friday! The results came back today and I am CANCER FREE!!!’

Back on Gas Monkey Garage and “Fast N’Loud”

While Christie was never fired from Gas Monkey Garage, as Richard was very supportive of her, she wasn’t physically able to join the rest of the cast of “Fast N’Loud.”

She totally regretted that she wasn’t part of the filming of the Mannequin Challenge that Richard and the rest of the team did in December 2016, however, she made sure to be active on her social media platforms Instagram and Facebook to help promote the TV show. There was even a time when she went live while an episode was being aired, just to stay connected with the fans.

When the doctors cleared her to return to work, she was welcomed back in the garage. On 13 June 2018, Richard posted on his official Facebook page, a photo of him sitting behind his desk in his office at Gas Monkey Garage with Christie looking on while pointing out something on a ledger. It was business as usual, and he captioned it with ‘Working hard and havin’ fun’, while Christie posted the same photo with the caption, ‘I love my job.’ Fans were able to see her once again in the last two seasons of their reality-TV series.

Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end. Loyal fans were shocked that Richard announced during a guest appearance in the podcast, “The Joe Rogan Experience,” in December 2020, that the 16th season that was aired earlier that year was the last from his team. He didn’t renew his contract with Discovery Channel, saying that it had run its course. However, he assured the fans that he had many plans for Gas Monkey Garage on other media platforms.

True enough, Gas Monkey Garage has been continuously uploading videos on their official YouTube channel, which has over 800,000 subscribers. They also created a podcast called “Monkey Trap with Richard Rawlings”, with their Facebook page having close to five million followers. Recently, the Gas Monkey Garage online merchandise shop launched Richard Rawling’s Car Sweepstakes, in which anyone who purchased $1 worth of merchandise automatically received a raffle ticket for the vehicle giveaway. For instance, a $35-trucker hat would mean 35 raffle entries into the giveaway contest.

A federal-regulated sweepstakes agency was tasked to draw the winner each time the giveaway countdown ends.

Christie Brimberry net worth and financial difficulties

According to authoritative sources, Christie has an estimated net worth of $2 million, some earned from her participation in the reality-TV series and her involvement with the Gas Monkey Garage business. This assess thatment must be true before her battle with cancer, because in some of her social media posts, she shared that she had a hard time paying for the medical bills she incurred for her cancer treatment, saying the insurance coverage that she had wasn’t large enough to cover all the expenses. To alleviate some of the expenses, she marketed events and brands through paid sponsorship on her social media accounts, and was even accused of being a sellout through the comments she received. One time, she was fed up with them that she told everyone that it was her way of surviving, and if they didn’t approve, they could unfollow.

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When “Fast N’Loud” ended its run, fans were worried that Christie lost another source of income. After a while, she announced that she’d opened up an account in OnlyFans.com. While some of her fans were apprehensive about this, the move no longer surprised them and they suspected it was to be used for a secondary source of revenue. Most of the celebrities and regular folks joined this web content subscription service, so that they could earn money from subscribers. It was one of those social media platforms that allowed content creators to receive funding from their fans for exclusive pay-per-view photos or videos. It actually created an uproar over the Internet, as most of the content offered consisted of sexually explicit videos and photos.

When Christie posted a teaser showing a photo of her wearing an unbuttoned shirt revealing her cleavage down to her tummy, the fans expected racy content from her.

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However, she clarified many rumors that went around after her OnlyFans announcement, debunking what most of the fans thought was her reason for joining, saying that it wasn’t for financial reasons because she wasn’t broke. She also said that she wasn’t getting a divorce, that the OnlyFans idea came from her husband. Christie said she was just happy and that the timing was perfect as she was in a place where she’s most comfortable with her skin. Not everyone believed her because of her previous posts about her problems with finances due to her surgery and all that came with it. For $24, a subscriber could access the 165 digital media she posted about herself for three months on her OnlyFans account, however, the controversial crowd-sourcing site announced that it would prohibit account users from uploading explicit images and videos, as of October 2021.

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Her profile on her official OnlyFans account showed ‘I used to be that girl from that show but now I’m the girl from that website! No porn, I’m not a porn star.’ However, her sexy photos in which her nipples were in full view were leaked to the public, even if there was a warning on her page that said, ‘Any images/videos re-uploaded elsewhere online will be sent a DMCA from my lawyer, and legal ramifications will be enforced.’ Some of her subscribers said it was like Christie posted for racy magazines such as Playboy or Penthouse.

“Fast N’Loud” fans were wondering if she’s still connected with Gas Monkey Garage, because based on her Instagram and Facebook accounts, she hasn’t posted anything about them in 2021. The pandemic caused by the Covid-19 virus has surely created problems for all types of businesses all over the world, and it would not be impossible at all if the auto shop undertook some reorganization of its staff and crew.

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