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The Saddest Moments of “Deadliest Catch”

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There’s no way to deny the impact that Discovery’s “Deadliest Catch” has had on the reality TV genre. Besides being on air for over a decade, starting a highly successful franchise and on top of all winning several awards, “Deadliest Catch” gained everyone’s hearts by letting its audience access meaningful insight into the life of the crews on board of the fishing vessels cruising the Bering Sea.

While the good times and adventures that “Deadliest Catch” have given us are not to forget, there’s also many heart wrenching and tragic moments which surely marked the show’s cast and weren’t easily forgotten by the most loyal viewers.

So what are “Deadliest Catch”’s saddest moments? Keep with us to know what were the moments which broke the audience’s hearts, including the sinking of some vessels, the personal tragedies of the cast members, and so much more!

Jake Anderson’s Family Tragedy

One of the earliest tragedies to hit “Deadliest Catch” were the unfortunate events surrounding the passing of two members of Jake Anderson’s family.

In the fifth season, “Deadliest Catch” viewers saw the moment in which Jake, who was then a Northwestern’s deckhand, was told his sister Chelsea had just died of pneumonia. Chelsea had struggled her entire life with Rheumatoid Arthritis, a disorder which besides taking a toll on her physically and mentally, also worsened her health condition before she died at 37 years old in February 2009.

Unfortunately, life had another misfortune in store for Jake. As seen during the show’s sixth season, Jake’s father Keith Anderson disappeared in Washington after he went out to presumably buy painkillers to quench his depression, resulting from his daughter Chelsea’s death: ‘he always took care of her, and he never liked to see kids hurt. He would rather be the one hurting,’ said Jake in an interview with Perez Hilton at the time. Some weeks after his disappearance, Keith’s truck was found in a logging road without signs of him whatsoever.

It wasn’t until 2012 that his remains were found near the place his truck was found two years prior in Skagit County, putting a sad end note to this prolonged family tragedy.

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Justin Tennison’s Death

Although Justin Tenninson was a deckhand on the Time Bandit, he didn’t have a lot of time on air. After barely one year in “Deadliest Catch”, Justin was found dead in the off-fishing season in an Alaskan hotel in February 2011. The news was announced through the show’s official website, on which his former crew and cast mates described him as ‘tough as a bull and was an all-around good hand’.

Justin’s death was caused by ‘complications of sleep apnea’, though the police reported that the marijuana and alcohol bottles found in his hotel room signaled that a party had taken place there the previous night. Nonetheless, the hotel’s staff couldn’t clear up what had happened that night, according to ABC News.

Regardless of his dramatic death, Justin apparently loved Alaska and life in general: ‘He loved hunting and fishing and everything about it. He loved his kids tremendously,’ his cousin Eddie Uwekoolani told ABC News.

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Following Justin’s last wishes, he was cremated, and his ashes spread on the Bering Sea.

Tony Lara & Joe McMahon’s Deaths

While the unfortunate deaths of some “Deadliest Catch” stars occurred when they were active in the show, the cases of Tony Lara and Joe McMahon are different.

Tony Lara’s passing happened sometime after leaving the show; he was seen captaining the Cornelia Marie during “Deadliest Catch” seventh season but left soon after. Though it’s not clear where he worked following his exit from the show in 2011, he was visiting South Dakota for the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally when he suffered a cardiac arrest, dying at 50 years old on 8 August 2015. His former co-worker and apprentice Josh Harris described Tony as a close and supportive friend of his family: ‘He offered his support and his advice. He taught and he educated. At the end of the day, Tony made all of us just a little bit better.’

Only two weeks after Tony’s death, “Deadliest Catch” went through another loss when Joe McMahon was shot to death in California. Though McMahon wasn’t a known name for the audience, he had recently worked as an associate producer of the show’s ninth season, and was only 24 years at the time of his death.

Joshua Tel Warner’s Arrest

Although the arrest of someone who committed several crimes is not considered heartbreaking, it’s always sad to see the downfall of someone we are used to seeing on TV.

This is the case of Joshua Tel Warner, who on 31 December 2009 was arrested by Oregon’s Police for several bank robberies he had allegedly committed in past years. Interestingly enough, Joshua was actually reported as the culprit of said crimes by some show viewers, who recognized him from his warrant order.

Joshua already knew the dangers of appearing on TV as a wanted criminal.

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Following reports of his former crew mates on the Wizard, Joshua often admitted to having a troublesome past which would most-likely resurface. According to Oregon’s Detective Jeff Donaca, Joshua had underestimated how far his fame could take him: ‘I don’t think you can end up on national TV, make a spectacle of yourself, and not end up getting caught for three bank robberies’.

All in all, Joshua was sentenced to nine years in jail for his crimes.

The Destination’s Sinking

One of the biggest tragedies ever showcased in “Deadliest Catch” was that of the fishing vessel The Destination, which sank near the Alaskan island St. George on 11 February 2017.

The events surrounding the capsizing of The Destination were a mystery for a long time, as its disappearance occurred without the crew even sending a mayday signal, in addition to having been regarded as one of the safest ships in the Bering Sea.

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By the time authorities found the place it apparently sunk, only debris was left and hopes of finding any survivors quickly faded.

Six people unfortunately perished in the ship, including Jeff Hathaway and Larry O’Grady, who were close friends of the Wizard’s captain Keith Colburn, who was visibly affected by the incident in a “Deadliest Catch” 13th season’s episode which documented the disappearance and initial investigations surrounding The Destination: ‘when the episode comes out, we are forced to relive what happened and be faced with the reality that it could happen to any one of us’, he told Tampa Bay Times.

Though The Destination’s remains were found 250-feet under water in August that year, a long time passed before it was finally determined it sank due to aggressive weather conditions.

Phil Harris’ Death

If there’s an event which deeply marked the cast and audience of “Deadliest Catch”, that’s definitely the death of Phil Harris, Captain of the Cornelia Marie until his death in early 2010.

Captain Harris and his ship debuted in the premiere season of “Deadliest Catch”, quickly becoming a fan favorite thanks to his cool nature and easiness to lead his crew during hardships, a job he had been doing since the 1990s.

Though for most of the time Captain Harris looked somewhat healthy, in 2008 he was diagnosed with a pulmonary embolism, taking him away from the wheel of the Cornelia for a whole year.

His return to the Bering Sea in early 2009 was followed by more health issues, eventually resulting in a stroke in January of the next year. Captain Harris was taken to Anchorage, where he underwent surgery and was put into an induced coma from which he miraculously awakened. At that point his family’s hopes were high due to his incredible improvement.

However, on 9 February 2010, Harris died at 53 years old of an intracranial haemorrhage. The entirety of his health struggles was documented by “Deadliest Catch”, which also honored Harris with a special episode in the sixth season.

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Jake Harris’ Downfall

Phil Harris’ death deeply impacted everyone, but his loss was especially hard to face for his sons. Specifically, Harris’ younger son Jake’s life sadly went spiralled downwards afterwards as his addiction problems were worsened by the loss: ‘(I) got a big hole in my heart and tried to fill it up with everything that wasn’t good for it’, confessed Jake in an interview with Dr. Drew in 2012.

Jake’s real problems started a month after Phil’s death, when he was arrested for driving under the influence. In November that year, Jake was reported by the then-new Captain of the Cornelia Marie Derek Ray, suspecting his consumption of drugs on board. Though the police didn’t find anything other than paraphernalia, Jake’s absence from the show in the following season was explained by his brother Josh to be a consequence of his worsening addiction.

In 2016 Jake suffered a brain injury after being beaten up and left on a side road, and though he eventually recovered, the next year he was arrested for stealing a car and drug possession. Though he didn’t have any trouble in the following couple of years, in 2019 he was sentenced to 18 months prison for drug possession, appearing in some episodes of “Deadliest Catch” after his release. Nonetheless, in early 2021 he was arrested once again for driving under the influence, continuing the circle of misfortunes for the young man.

The Scandies Rose’s Sink

Though the fishing vessel Scandies Rose wasn’t featured in the show, the tragedy surrounding its sinking definitely marked “Deadliest Catch” cast members and the audience.

It all happened on 2019’s New Year’s Eve, when the Scandies Rose sank near Kodiak Island with seven people on board. According to the ship’s deckhand Dean Gribble, he was awakened at 10 pm by his crewmate John Lawler, who alarmed him about the ship’s capsizing.

With barely any time, both men put on the survival suits when the vessel’s generator shut off, leaving them in the dark still inside the boat.

Though both men were able to get out of the boat and having tied themselves together, the rest of the crew didn’t have the same luck: ‘I was trying to find something to throw back in so they could use it to climb out. I couldn’t find anything, because everything was so icy’, said Gribble in an interview with the Alaskan news portal KTOO.

At 2am, Gribble and Lawler were found by the US Coast Guard, but the remaining five crew members were never found. The Scandies Rose’s sinking was the biggest tragedy on the Bering Sea in a couple of years, as the cast of “Deadliest Cast” remembered in a 16th season episode dedicated to the victims.

Mahlon Reyes’s Death

Although Mahlon Reyes wasn’t the most popular cast member of “Deadliest Catch”, he was actually in the show for eight years on board of either the Seabrooke or Cape Caution, ships which are no longer in the show.

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Mahlon had stayed away from crabbing season for a little while, due to a rupture of his Achilles tendon, but he never made his come back to the Bering Sea, as a heart attack ended his life in August 2020. The news of his death was taken by surprise, not only by his crew mates, but also by his family, who affirmed that he hadn’t previously suffered any serious health condition.

Mahlon’s ashes were spread on the Bering Sea in his memory.

Nick McGlashan’s Death

Not long after Mahlon Reyes’ death, tragedy hit “Deadliest Catch” again, when Nick McGlashan died in December 2020.

As a deck boss on the Cape Caution, Nick had been a recurring “Deadliest Catch” cast member for years, and viewers surely remember him for his unrelenting work routine and ethic. Nonetheless, his drug addiction problems sometimes shadowed his ‘true crabber’ attitude, even quitting the show to go to rehab back in 2017. Although he was arrested for driving under the influence in 2018, he returned to the show for the following seasons, until his death from a drug overdose.

Despite his sad demise, Nick’s determination to fight his addictions was inspiring: ‘As I thrive in my recovery, my world begins to make sense. Everything begins to become clear,’ he wrote in a Chosen Magazine’s article from 2017.

Drug Addiction Problems

Unfortunately, Nick McGlashan’s struggles with drugs aren’t a rarity in the fishing vessel business in general, and especially not for “Deadliest Catch” cast members. As it happens, in 2016 a show’s staff member named Matthew J. Schneider was charged for distributing drugs to the crews featured in the show.

Though it’s unknown who Schneider’s clients were, and no other staff members were charged, the Summer Bay’s Captain Bill Wichrowski admitted drug addictions were unfortunately usual in the business. Nonetheless, the issue helped him to improve as a captain: ‘It’s in my best interest to do the most for these guys that I can’.

All in all, it’s unfortunate that besides being exposed to the unrelenting dangers that the commercial fishing profession entails, the ships’ crew members’ physical and emotional well-being are also negatively affected by these conditions.

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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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What happened to Christie Brimberry from Gas Monkey Garage?

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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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