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“Dog the Bounty Hunter” had been on the air for eight seasons since it premiered on 31 August 2004 on the A&E Network. It was not surprising that the reality television series lasted as long as it did, as people had long been fascinated with the hunt for and capture of fugitives in real life. Duane “Dog” Chapman claimed that he’s the “The World’s Greatest Bounty Hunter”, with 10,000 arrests under his belt and without shooting anyone. The show followed him and his team as they sought people who jumped bail and were on the run. It wasn’t only the thrill of the chase and arrest that had people interested in him, but also the drama that went on in his personal life.

Early life and family

Duane Lee Chapman was born on 2 February 1953, in Denver, Colorado. He has three siblings, Paula, Mike, and Jolene who died in 2016, and although they played together when they were kids, they weren’t very close. He was raised in a middle-class household, but still had a difficult childhood.

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His mother, Barbara Chapman, was a devout christian who taught him to see people for who they are and not for their religion, race, or the color of their skin. She would take him with her every summer to Sister Jensen’s congregation in Farmington, New Mexico, to spread the word of God to the Navajo from the local reservation; he would help in collecting tithes and distributing hymn sheets. Inspired by his mom, Duane wanted to be like her, and ‘live a righteous, good, honorable, God-fearing life.’ She died in 1994.

His father, Wesley Chapman, was nicknamed the “Flash” from his days as a boxer, for his great speed in the ring – he never lost a fight. He served in the US Navy as a welder and was aboard the USS Irwin at the time of the Korean War. Duane remembered him as someone who wasn’t particularly large but very strong, and had ‘the most gigantic hands’ that he ever saw. When Duane was young, his dad used his strength to beat him, using a paddle made from old flooring until he was black and blue and very sore.

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To toughen him up, Wesley also taught him the basics of boxing, wanting Duane to take his punches like a man and not show any emotion. He thought that the beatings were normal. He ran away from home one day, but called his grandfather Mike from his mother’s side to pick him up when he became tired and hungry but never told him why he did it. Duane feared that his grandpa would kill his dad if he knew about the abuse.

Due to his mixed heritage – on his mother’s side, he’s of English and Chiricahua Apache descent- he was bullied by the kids in school. When he was in seventh grade, a Latino gang cornered him in a parking lot and while he knew he could beat the leader, he had no chance against fighting the rest of them. The gang beat him up until his body was torn and bloody; that was the day he questioned why God didn’t protect him. It didn’t help that when he went straight to school and reported what happened to the vice-principal, who didn’t believe him despite the evidence right in front of him.

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When his gym class teacher noticed bruises on his body, which were from his father’s beatings, his father was called to the school office. The vice-principal told his dad, ‘I suggest you don’t leave marks next time, Mr. Chapman.’ His father beat Duane extra hard for ratting on him, even if the teacher only guessed the truth. After that, Duane dropped out of school.

He discovered the high from inhaling Testors airplane glue from someone he met, and became addicted to it. His personality changed; he stopped going to church and accompanying his mother to the congregation, leaving his mother heartbroken. ‘All of the goodness my mother had instilled in me was slowly fading away with every sniff,’ he said. His father was aware of his bad habit. ‘The more I sniffed, the harder he hit. The more he beat me, the higher I got. It became an unbreakable cycle,’ he said.

His parents didn’t give up on him. His father enrolled him into a martial arts class, and he earned a black belt in karate, learning to channel his anger instead of getting high.

He was 14 when he moved in with his grandfather, and soon afterwards became an emancipated minor.

Wesley died in 2000; Duane found out much later through his sister before she passed away that Wesley was not his biological father, which explained why he was much rougher on him than his siblings. However, he had no plan to search for his real dad.

How Duane got the nickname, “Dog”

At 15, he joined the Phoenix, Arizona Chapter of the Devil’s Disciples, a motorcycle club, and loved the brotherhood and camaraderie. They thought he was 19 because he had a fake ID, and Duane was worried about being caught in his lie, because being underage could land the MC in jail for contributing to the delinquency of a minor. He became a sergeant-at-arms because he was  good at fighting, and when he was given his patch as a member, they gave him the nickname “Dog,” because he was always there, he was man’s best friend, and he talked about God so much that they wanted to call him god spelled backward. While riding with them, he said that he still had a conscience, to the point that he refused to join the members when they robbed houses while the owners were at church.

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How Duane became a bounty hunter

Conversely, it was said that Duane was arrested 18 times for armed robbery. In 1976, Duane was waiting inside a car while his brother from the MC was buying drugs, but it ended with his brother shooting the dealer. He called 911 to report the crime, thinking that the call wouldn’t be traced. However, he didn’t properly hang up the phone and when he started telling his first wife, La Fonda, what happened, the police heard everything. Before he died, the victim identified his killer as a member of Devil’s Disciples although he denied that it was Duane. However, in Texas, Duane was convicted of first-degree murder for being an accomplice. and in 1977 was sentenced to five years in prison at the Texas State Penitentiary. He became the warden’s barber and the inmate counselor.

One time, the mom of a fellow inmate called Bigfoot died, and he was taken to the hole to stay for 48 hours for the protection of everyone, while he mourned his mother’s death. As he was being taken to the hole, which was outside the prison gate opposite the barbershop, he decided to make a run for it. As Duane saw that the guards were preparing to shoot the guy, he started running after him and tackled him to the ground.

The lieutenant, whom Duane said was the meanest cop in the world, threw the handcuffs on the ground and told Duane, ‘Hook him up, bounty hunter’; everyone then started calling him that. The idea of being a bounty hunter interested him, as he grew up watching “The Lone Ranger” and “Wanted: Dead or Alive.”

After that, the warden informed him that he would be transferred to another jail because the other inmates might kill him for what he did. However, his intention to keep Bigfoot from being shot was recognized, so no harm came to him and there was no need to transfer him. Later, he was put in the hole because the warden thought Duane was lying to him about why he went to jail. When his story was verified, he was released after 18 months with a $200 check in his pocket.

Duane went back to Denver. Being an ex-convict posed a problem for him, as couldn’t get a driver’s license, rent an apartment, or get a job. He then went to the post office, and got the list of the top 10 fugitives, and two weeks later arrested one of them, and pocketed the $10,000 reward. Back then, he didn’t need a license for bounty hunting; he just did it.

He bought a badge from the police supplies store and when he was asked what his ID number was, he gave his prison number; to this day, it is still his badge number.

Meeting Tony Robbins

In the course of his work he would meet FBI agents, and one of them told him that Tony Robbins, a motivational speaker, author and philanthropist, wanted to meet him because of his life story. Duane felt empowered by Tony, and he was asked to speak at his convention in the early 1980’s. After that, he worked for Tony until 1997 as a guest speaker at his conventions, and he also attended his seminars. He became a living example of how one could turn his life around, despite the bad things that had happened in his life.

From 1988, he would go back and forth to Hawaii and Denver. Duane and his fifth wife, Beth, owned Da Kine Bail Bonds in Honolulu, and Beth owned several more bail companies in Colorado.

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How Duane became famous

The actor Martin Sheen, whom he met through Tony Robbins, told him that he should be on TV, so he went to reality stars Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne – Sharon was very accommodating, and talked to Beth about how to go about it. They started appearing on various TV shows, while Duane was on the news a lot anyway, because of capturing many fugitives in Colorado.

He appeared on A&E Network’s “Take This Job,” which was about people with unusual careers. At the time he was chasing a fugitive, and the film crew managed to capture the arrest on camera. He was suddenly the talk of the town, although other bounty hunters looked down on him, saying he was nothing but a felon. Beth wanted to change that, and talked to him about the high-profile case of the millionaire fugitive.

Andrew Luster was the great-grandson of the founder of the cosmetics giant, Max Factor, and was living on a million-dollar trust fund. He was arrested in 2000, when a student from a local college reported to the police that she had been raped by Andrew at his home. Investigations revealed that he had used the date-rape drug GHB on three women, and proceeded to sexually assault them and videotaped the assaults.

He paid a million-dollar bail, but then failed to appear in court. He was sentenced to 124 years in jail after being convicted in absentia of 86 counts of rape, and the FBI issued a warrant for his arrest in January 2003.

Duane had a hunch that he was in Mexico, because Andrew speaks Spanish, and an informant called him up, that he had a picture of Andrew. He and his team then went to Mexico with the film crew. They caught him and were on the way to deliver him to the Mexican police, when they were stopped and arrested themselves. Andrew was extradited immediately while his team was jailed since bounty hunting was illegal in the country. They were granted bail, and fled to the US upon the advice of their lawyer, but in 2006 they were arrested in Honolulu by US Marshalls on behalf of the government of Mexico. Twenty-nine Republican congressmen wrote a petition to Condoleezza Rice, the US Secretary of State, not to have him extradited to Mexico. Since court hearings took a while, the criminal charges against them were later dropped in 2007, as the statute of limitations had expired.

However, the judge ruled that Duane was ‘not entitled to any restitution’ for arresting Andrew.

“Dog, the Bounty Hunter”

There was much interest in Duane, and it didn’t take long before the reality series “Dog, the Bounty Hunter” started airing on the A&E Network. His team was armed, except for Duane as he’s an ex-convict. After an arrest was made, Duane would counsel the fugitives on turning their lives around during the car ride on the way to the jail. Off-camera, he would feed them when they were hungry, and Beth would tend to any wounds that they’d suffered while trying to run from them. The show featured Duane’s family, as his wife and sons worked with him in bounty hunting. The Chapmans shared what was happening in their personal lives as well.

The production and airing of “Dog the Bounty Hunter” was suspended in November 2007 after Tucker, his son with his third wife “Big Lyssa,” allegedly sold a tape that contained a conversation Duane had with Tucker in which the former discussed the word “nigger,” and the latter’s black girlfriend’s sensitivity to it. The National Enquirer released the audiotape and Duane issued a public apology.

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The series resumed after the network investigated the issue, and was eventually canceled after eight seasons, with the last episode aired on 23 June 2012.

A spin-off with the same concept, entitled “Dog and Beth: On The Hunt”, aired for three seasons from 2013 to 2015 on CMT. WGN America’s “Dog’s Most Wanted,” another spin-off, aired for one season in 2019, but the show “Dog’s Unleashed” slated to air in 2021 was canceled, with Unleashed Entertainment accusing Duane of breach of contract.

Losing Beth and moving on

Beth, his wife of 13 years, passed away on 26 June 2019 after losing her battle with throat cancer, which was diagnosed in 2017. Their struggle was featured in the TV special, “Dog and Beth: Fight of Their Lives.”

She was Duane’s best friend and soulmate, and he was devastated when he lost her, having depended on her so much.

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He would be fine when he was with other people, but once alone he would be reminded that she’s gone. There were times when he felt guilty for feeling good or for just smiling, and even contemplated taking his life, but figured that if he did just that, he would go to hell, while Beth was certainly in heaven.

He claimed that the medical expenses incurred left him broke, and he later experienced a health scare as he suffered from chest pain and was diagnosed with pulmonary embolism in September 2019.

Although still mourning her loss, he admitted to wanting someone in his life but didn’t want to marry again as there would never be another ‘Mrs Dog’. However, Duane found a new love in the 52-year-old Colorado rancher, Francie Frane, and planned to marry her in September 2021; his family has been very supportive. Reportedly, he also wanted his murder conviction overturned, as he wanted to become a sheriff and turn it into a show, which he thought would be a hit.

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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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