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The Shady Affairs of ‘Duck Dynasty’’s Phil Robertson



Phil Robertson was the central character of the American reality-television series, “Duck Dynasty,” which made him and his family household names. His show has been called by many a cultural phenomenon, as it shattered cable TV ratings, and turned its popularity into a huge business enterprise. A&E became one of the most-viewed cable channels in the US just a year after this show was launched, but a few controversial revelations about him started a decline in the viewership. His appearance status in the series changed from the main cast member to a recurring member, up to the time it was canceled.

Who is Phil Robertson?

Before “Duck Dynasty” became popular, Phil Alexander Robertson was just a regular family man, trying to earn a living for his wife Kay, and four sons, Jeptha, Willie, Alan and Jase. He was passionate about hunting and fishing which made-up his livelihood.

Early life and childhood

The patriarch of the Robertson family was born on 24 April 1946, to parents Jason and Merritt Robertson. Phil was from a poor family, sharing a simple cabin with six siblings in Vivian, a small town in Caddo Parish, Louisiana. While Phil was growing-up, his family encountered many difficulties; the house didn’t have the luxury of modern facilities such as indoor plumbing and electricity – he described it as living in the 1850s, not the 1950s. He was trained in acquiring what he needed to live by physically using his strength to survive. He also helped plant vegetables, took care of the cattle, and depended on the God-given wealth of the forest and the river to hunt for food. Despite the financial struggles, he said that he had a happy home.

Education and early career

Due to Phil’s gruff appearance in “Duck Dynasty,” many people were surprised to know that Phil was highly educated, and was also an All-State athlete. He had great stats when he played various sports in North Caddo High School, including football and baseball, as well as track. However, it was his great skills in football in which he was the team’s quarterback that paved an entrance to Louisiana Tech University, from which he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education, after which he taught for several years in Louisiana schools, earning for his family’s upkeep. He attended more classes at night, and eventually earned a Master’s degree in Education.


A chance to be a pro footballer in NFL

For two consecutive years, he was a starter of the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs, and already attracted the attention of pro agents. However, playing football limited his other passion which was hunting, and it annoyed the hell out of him. When he was asked back then to play for a professional football team in the National Football League, the Washington Redskins, he declined the opportunity. Phil would often share the story of how his conversation went with a colleague back then, Terry Bradshaw, who became a quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He advised him to pursue being a professional athlete since he had a great arm and a passion for the sport. Phil, on the other hand, had another priority in life, saying, ‘I’m going after the ducks full time. I’d rather hunt ducks than have large violent men stomp me in the dirt.’ He only used football as a way to earn his college education, but never had any aspirations to be a pro athlete. Terry, who is now a Hall of Famer, shared that Phil was the quarterback ahead of him who loved hunting more than the sport. The footballer said that Phil would come for practice directly from hunting, with duck feathers all over him, but no one complained since he had the best arm and an excellent shot.

Personal life, wife, and kids

Phil married 15-year-old teen Marsha Kay Carroway, whom he fondly calls Miss Kay, on 11 January 1966. They had a 16-year age gap, but she bore him four sons: Willie Jess (CEO of Duck Commander), Marshall Alan (The Preacher), Jason Silas “Jase” (The Duckman/COO), and Jules Jeptha “Jep” (The Youngest). Sometime in his mid-20s, he was into several vices including alcohol, diet pills, women, and black mollies – a very dark place with a devil-may-care attitude.

There was even a time when he threw a woman across the bar, and had beaten up the couple who owned the bar; he was said to be quite violent when he was heavily intoxicated. Kay was able to convince the bar owners not to file charges, while Phil hid in the woods to avoid the authorities. Despite the unconditional love and support he had from his wife, he kicked her and their kids out of their home. The only upside to the story was that it didn’t take long for Phil to realize what was important to him, and begged Kay to come back into his life. Somewhere along the way, he found Jesus Christ, and made a 180-degree transformation.

From Duck Commander to “Duck Dynasty”

It was a well-known fact that the Robertson family lived off their land, and with Phil doing well as a teacher, everything seemed to be great at home. However, somewhere along the way, his family experienced a financial setback. At that time, he looked for another way to provide financial stability for his family, and his friends encouraged him to invent an official duck call. Many people already noticed that he had a way with ducks, and during hunting season, they all flocked to him because of his unique duck call.


Duck Commander, the Robertson’s family business

It was said that Phil gave up a coaching career to focus on inventing a variety of duck calls, as he was quite frustrated with the ones being sold on the market – he said that duck hunters should have a duck call that imitated the real sound coming from a duck’s mouth. Back in 1972, he came out with the first Duck Commander call, and it sold quite well for a beginner.  During that time, he said that they sold $8,000 worth of duck calls in a year. He immediately registered a patent on that particular duck call, and a year later established his company called Duck Commander.

Initially, Phil used his residence as his factory, as most start-up businesses usually did. His production team consisted of his immediate and extended family; they assembled, packed and shipped the products themselves. To market his duck calls, he went from store to store to offer his invention, and oftentimes his proposals were rejected. To augment their income, his wife and children went into commercial fishing as a side business. Eventually, his duck calls became huge with hunters, and from there, his company produced other products including instructional videos about duck hunting techniques, and hunting scenarios from different seasons. It led to a reality-TV series.

“Duck Dynasty” – the reality TV show

There was a huge fascination with the Robertson clan, including their rugged fashion style. Most of them sported long hair and beards which matched their tough and manly demeanor. The patriarch, Phil, agreed to star in the reality-TV show to be called “Duck Dynasty,” which premiered on 21 March 2012 on the A&E cable network. It featured Phil, his wife Kay, and all his sons with their wives and children. It also included Phil’s younger brother, Si, who became one of the fan favorites in the show.

The family’s zany adventures became an obsession for their fans. The series dominated the ratings on cable television, and in the first season, more than 2.5 million watched the show. The viewership percentage wasn’t that huge as compared to the others out there at that time, but there was already a buzz about it. When the second season came in, it tripled the number of people watching – close to seven million viewers a week were glued to their show. It started the “Duck Dynasty” craze in the US, and by the third season in 2013, it was attracting around 12 million viewers every week. It provided an opportunity for everyone in the family, and they all benefited from the show’s popularity.

Phil Robertson’s controversial GQ interview

While Phil was the main reason his family became a phenomenon through “Duck Dynasty,” he was also the reason why the show attracted negative feedback. During one GQ magazine interview in December 2013, he made some remarks that made many people uncomfortable.

His homophobic slurs caused his suspension

When he was asked what was sinful, he said, ‘Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman, and that woman and that woman and those men.’ He also made disparaging comparisons between the vagina and the anus. The LGTBQ community was deeply offended, and the cable network which officially aired “Duck Dynasty” didn’t have any choice but to release a statement: ‘His personal views in no way reflect those of A+E Networks, who have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBTQ community.’ They also announced that they had put Phil’s status on an indefinite hiatus from the TV show.


Racist comments – whitewashed the African-American injustices in the South

Due to the overwhelming outrage about Phil’s views on homosexuality, many people didn’t at first notice the racist comments he also made, about the lives of many African-Americans in the South while he was reminiscing his childhood. He said, ‘I never, with my eyes, saw the mistreatment of any black person. The blacks worked for the farmers. I hoed cotton with them.’ He also said he never heard anyone complain about the white people. It didn’t go well with the African-American community, as they felt that he insulted their history as well as whitewashed whatever injustices black people encountered during that era in Louisiana.

Phil’s revelation about a daughter he never knew

Long before Phil converted to Christianity in the 1970s, and became a popular cast member of the reality-TV show, he was involved in many affairs. During one of the episodes in his podcast, “Unashamed,” in 2014, he revealed that he discovered that he had a daughter, Phyllis, from another woman.

Phyllis and Phil’s DNA test results

It all started when Phyliss sent a letter to Al, one of Phil’s sons, claiming that Phil could be his father. His sons talked to him about it, and researched the woman’s background. Al said, ‘And I thought, even if it’s not dad, she needs to know it’s not dad.’ Phil eventually did a DNA test to settle the matter, and the result came back with a 99.9% match with Phyllis. He immediately contacted her to get to know her better.

Phil’s wife, Kay, and sons’ reaction to Phyllis

Kay was never really bothered by the discovery, since she had seen it coming due to his wild philandering days in the past. She welcomed his daughter to the family, and her sons were excited to meet her – Jep even shared that it was just like a dream come true for them. Phil said that his wife had warned him over the years that someone would come out from his wild past to haunt him, and it certainly happened. Kay was glad, because she’d always wanted a daughter.

Introduced his unknown daughter to the public

Phil officially introduced to his audience his 45-year-old daughter through his podcast. It was such a surreal episode for everyone, more so for Phyllis, who only started her search for her real father after her son’s fiancée brought home a DNA kit. That day, she discovered that the siblings that she knew all her life were just her half-siblings. While she was full of questions, she wasn’t shocked, because she had suspicions while she was growing up. Her half-brother said, ‘Either our dad’s not your dad or everything we’ve been told isn’t true.’ She shared that her husband assisted her in the hunt for her real father, and with the help of the Internet, some of her questions were answered, leading to her discovery that Phil might be her real dad.

Phil’s long-lost daughter never watched “Duck Dynasty”

At the time Phyllis found out that there was a huge possibility that her father could be Phil, she thought long and hard about how to approach him. She hadn’t watched a single episode of “Duck Dynasty” before that and was apprehensive about it. However, she was surprised by how cool Phil was when she went to see him preach the gospel at the Robertson family church. There was no awkwardness between them and she felt that it was like a puzzle in which all the pieces just fit quite right. On the podcast, he told her, ‘Phyllis, all I can tell you is, I’m glad you found me. I’m glad I found you.’


The decline of “Duck Dynasty’s” popularity

While Phil was reinstated in the TV show, because there was also a huge outcry from his loyal fans for his indefinite suspension, “Duck Dynasty” never fully recovered from the backlash of his controversial remarks. He was relegated to just a recurring character, and was never promoted as part of the main cast again. They lost so many viewers each season from 12 million to 8.5 million after the controversy, and then it went downhill after that. During the sixth season in 2014, they lost 4 million viewers and another 2 million during the next season. That number stayed up to the ninth season, however, in the last two seasons, before it was finally canceled, it only generated 1.3 million viewers.

A majority of the viewers blamed it on Phil’s antics and politics. Some other TV analysts thought his controversial beliefs coupled with the brand’s overexposure and repeated content in their TV series made them incredibly boring.

Spin-off series in the works

It was reported that a spin-off series was poised to premiere in June 2022, called “Duck Family Treasure.” This time it will be aired over at Fox Nation, which in 2020 acquired the license to include the “Duck Dynasty” series on their streaming platform. Their subscribers loved the idea of the Robertson family back on the small screen; this time though, it would focus more on Jase, Jep, and their beloved Uncle Si, as they went on a hunt for a buried treasure. The TV executives also promised that the other members of the family will appear on the show. This would be the ultimate test – can they still bring back the former adulation of the American viewers”

Phil Robertson’s business was touted to have grown to a $400 million empire. Everyone was stunned at the way their popularity skyrocketed that fast; during its peak, Duck Commander sold over one million duck calls in a year. They had several product tie-ins including bagging that exclusive Walmart contract, in which they offered their merchandise including books, shirts, outdoor gear, and practically anything they can sell with their logo on it. It was a box-office hit like no other, and even the Robertson’s wives had a clothing line and a bag line. It raised the family’s net worth, making each of them multi-millionaires. The TV and retail industry thought that the “Duck Dynasty” craze would stay for quite a while, just as the Kardashians. Unfortunately, it was unknowingly sabotaged from the inside, by no less than the patriarch of the clan.

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The Untold Truth About Expedition Unknown



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.


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.

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.


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.

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.


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.


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.

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?



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.

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.


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.

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.


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.


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.


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 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.

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.

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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