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The Untold Truth About Wheeler Dealers Host – Mike Brewer

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In the world of automotive reality-television series, Mike Brewer is one of the most recognizable faces due mainly to the popularity of his long-running TV show called “Wheeler Dealers.” His show has been entertaining car enthusiasts all over the world since 2003, and has become one of the most-watched auto restoration shows on TV. His successful TV career was marred by some controversial issues including his infamous feud with his former co-star in the show. However, it didn’t diminish his reputation of being one of the best car traders in the world, as his TV show continues to soar to new heights even up to this day.

Who is Mike Brewer?

Mike Brewer is a British gearhead and car trader, born on 28 August 1964, in Lambeth, London. His parents, Roger Wilks and Doreen Fitzgerald, raised him in a middle-class household.

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His dad was not only a car enthusiast but a car customizer as well. Initially, Mike wasn’t interested in automobiles, but he developed his fascination with them because he was exposed to car repair and restoration even as a young kid. His father brought him to the garage during school breaks, while most of his friends were having a vacation. Mike was taught how to use car tools, and would often assist his father during his customization projects. Each year, he accompanied his father to several car trade shows around Britain, which taught him about car trading. When the time came and Mike was allowed to purchase his first car at age 17, he knew everything about the car he wanted, how to fix its problems, and provide proper maintenance.

Armed with the knowledge about car trading and restorations he learned from assisting his father, he was able to build a reputation for being honest and skilled in car trading in his hometown.

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Later on, he established his car dealership called “Mike Brewer Motors” in Sheffield and after a while he expanded, and launched a second outlet in the Luton area. Car buyers could easily acquire high-quality used cars restored to nearly their former glory for only 600 Pounds per month.

Mike Brewer, the television personality

New car enthusiasts would only know of Mike as the TV presenter of “Wheeler Dealers”, but he had been on several automotive-themed TV shows as early as 1998 with the TV show called “Driven”, aired on UK’s Channel 4, which he presented with Jason Barlow and James May. It was supposed to compete with “Top Gear”, but later on Mike was left alone in the show as the other two presenters jumped ship and joined the rival show.

Mike then proceeded to host a rebooted TV car show called “Pulling Power”, aired on ITV in the early 2000’s along with Edd China, Sarah-Jane Mee, and Michele Newman.

However, it was when he became involved with the show “Deals on Wheels,” that Discovery Channel noticed his exemplary hosting skills and in-depth automotive knowledge; it put him on the radar of the TV network’s executives. He hosted the TV show from 1997 to 2001 and for the first four seasons he was accompanied by Richard Sutton. For the last season, Mike was by himself and was able to carry the show without any problem. However, Discovery Channel had other plans for him, so they canceled the show in 2001 to give way to another – “Wheeler Dealers.”

The Successful Journey of “Wheeler Dealers”

In 2003, Discovery Channel approached Mike to present the new TV series, “Wheeler Dealers”, which would basically let him continue doing what he did with his canceled TV show, but with an upgrade. He learned how to correctly make a car show that offered viewers how to buy, restore, and sell modern classic cars of his generation.

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The premise of the series was that Mike would show everyone the best places all over Europe to buy these used cars, while a mechanic named Edd China would help in educating car enthusiasts on how to bring them back to tip-top shape without going beyond 1000 Pounds.

The first episode aired on 7 October 2003, entitled “Porsche 924.” This luxury sports car created from 1976 to 1988 by Porsche AG in Germany was the star of the pilot episode. The team was quite nervous back then, since it was the first time they would try a full restoration, but it worked out well, and he didn’t have any problem maximizing their profits when it was time to sell the car. The viewers loved how they presented the show simply, without any fuss. From then on, the loyal viewers appreciated the conscious effort of the production staff and cast not to resort to unlikely drama scenarios, stunts, or even toxic deadlines to hype up the TV series.

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Mike was proud that the buy-restore-sell formula they worked on since the first day remained true over 18 years, and never failed to give them a chunk of viewership percentage every season.

Longest-Running Car TV Show

“Wheeler Dealers” has now the distinction of being the longest-running automotive show on TV. From 2003 until February 2021, it aired close to 250 regular episodes, including 11 specials and featuring around 190 vehicles. The first 12 seasons of the show were produced by Attaboy TV for Discovery Channel UK, created by its founding directors who were both longtime petrol-heads. From 2003 up to 2010, it was aired on Discovery Real-Time, and then switched to Discovery Channel from 2011 up to the present. It has also been accessible through the Motor Trend network since 2016.

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The TV show became bigger each year, reaching more global viewers particularly when they started touring the US during the eighth season

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Due to the global demand for showing more iconic cars, the TV executives brought the entire show to California, and rented a place in Huntington Beach for Season 12. From 2016 up to 2020, Mike operated in Hollywood where each episode was done. While some people thought that the content of the show changed, it didn’t. It only seemed that way because the show had upgraded somewhat to blend well with the glitz and glamour of Hollywood.

Mike’s infamous feud with Edd China

While “Wheeler Dealers” continued to flourish despite the influx of new auto restoration shows on TV, it wasn’t spared from controversial issues, including cast replacements. Devoted fans of the TV show were shocked, when it was announced that the beloved eccentric mechanic, Edd China, had left the show after fixing cars for 13 seasons. All wondered about the reason behind the decision, as it happened abruptly. Fans immediately thought that he and Mike had had a falling out.

Edd’s side of the story

It didn’t take long for Edd to explain what took place, as he posted a video on YouTube. According to him, the new producers of the show, Velocity, had a hard time continuing with the show using the current format, and so they decided to reduce the expenses which Edd didn’t approve. The mechanic also had disagreements on how an episode was being edited; he didn’t like that they would present an edited version of what they actually did in the workshop when they were fixing the car – he said that it was better for Velocity to go on with what they wanted with the show without him. It was a straight, no bullshit explanation, and people clearly understood what happened whether they agreed with it or not.

Death threats over a deleted tweet

However, Mike received death threats from Edd’s fans on social media, and when the news reached Edd, he didn’t like it.

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He told his fans that Mike might not be his favorite person at that moment – and vice versa – but they were both adults and they would both get past it. Edd urged the fans to just support both their decisions and opinions. Some fans said that the death threats surfaced online due to Mike’s deleted tweet: ‘Edd left, didn’t say, just abandoned the show and then trashed it after 13 years…who’s the traitor?’

Mike’s side of the story

Mike contradicted Edd’s claim about why the latter left the show, and explained that the real reason was that ‘When he did some very bad things, it meant that Discovery channel just couldn’t work with him. So they gave him the option to leave, and he took it.’ Apparently, while the talented mechanic did what was required of him, Edd continually became disenchanted with the changes, and became difficult, mostly angry, and his frustrations were directed wrongly onto some of the crew members. It didn’t help that they were near the beach, and Edd wanted to work less.

He said that Edd made his position untenable, leading to his abrupt departure from the show.

He also revealed that Edd lied about the production cutting his mechanic segment, because they added more mechanics to the show. Mike didn’t know why Edd said all those things.

In his Forbes interview, Mike shared, ‘But what Edd wants is something completely different; it’s not ‘Wheeler Dealers,’ unfortunately. But that’s not my fault.’ However, due to the wrong assumption of some fans on what really happened because of what Edd told everyone, Mike and his family suffered abuse on social media – his words were: ‘It’s horrible. I don’t think he gets that. I don’t think he gets the amount of abuse that I’ve suffered.’

Some of the fans assumed that Mike never even defended Edd to the management, or found a way so Edd never had to leave.

The problem was that Edd never talked to him about leaving; he only knew about it a week after he’d already left the show. He said Edd’s mistake was that he thought he was bigger than the show, and probably believed that if he quit, the TV show would fold up. Mike was mad at that time because they were left hanging and many of them were dependent on the show. Edd’s sudden decision broke not only his heart but the rest of the crew, because they felt betrayed. It would also mean that they needed to find a replacement as soon as possible, so that they could get on with their work.

Much later on, when things settled down and Mike wasn’t angry, he shared during an interview that he and Edd never had an argument or yelled at each other. They practically did many things together, and Edd was even godfather to one of his kids. He advised people not to believe everything online and that things were getting better between them again.

Mike Found a New Co-host and Mechanic

Five months after Edd left “Wheelers Dealers,” Mike found a replacement, another British gearhead named Ant Anstead, and told Discovery Channel that they could film for another season with his new guy. He’d worked with Ant in the past, and during live events, so he could vouch for the guy’s work ethic. They had a screen test with Discovery, and the TV executives liked him so they immediately hired him for the 14th season. Ant worked well with Mike and the rest of the crew, so that he stayed with the show until the 16th season; his last appearance on the TV show was in January 2021.  His decision to quit the show was not because he had any problems with the cast, crew, or producers but it was because the TV show closed their California workshop in 2021 and went back to the UK. Ant stayed in California as he wanted to be near his son from his previous marriage. Fans believed that it was also because he’d just started dating actress Renee Zellweger in June 2021.

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His Car Collection and Tips on Buying a Used Car

Mike’s car collection has been the envy of classic car enthusiasts. The oldest car in his garage that he’s had restored was a 1917 Ford Model T Coupe. He also has a 1959 MGA, 1960 Bedford CA Van, 1968 Chevrolet Camaro, and a 1967 Ford Mustang Fastback. However, his favorite is the 1976 Porsche 912 E, which he posted on his Twitter account. He found these classic cars in various places, and saved enough money so that he could acquire them one by one. Mike gave three tips when buying a used vehicle – first, get a data check and don’t attempt to buy one without being thorough about it. Second, never buy any used car without an experienced mechanic by your side. Third, when looking for cars to buy, you should never let your heart rule your head. Buy only the one that you need.

Where is Mike Brewer now?

Through all the changes “Wheeler Dealers” has had over the years, there were two things that stayed the same: its main host, Mike Brewer, and its winning formula – buy, restore, and sell. There was a time when he attracted some backlash after he decided to continue doing the TV show – Mike couldn’t believe that some people felt that it would be better to give up his career and join Edd just to prove something. If he did that, then they would both have ended up unemployed, which wasn’t a good thing for his family.

Through the years, Mike has proven that he’s made the right decisions whenever he was confronted by challenges. Discovery Channel gave him the spin-off series called “Wheeler Dealers: Dream Car”, with co-host, ex-Formula1 mechanic Marc “Elvis” Priestly. Instead of just buying, restoring,and selling a modern classic car, the spin-off show would be open to all types of vehicles just to be able to trade them to accumulate enough money to buy a dream car.

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Each of the clients chosen to participate would donate their own car to kick start the project.

Elvis was chosen to replace Ant, and would present the original show alongside Mike in the UK. Mike has said that they have so much in store for the fans in the following seasons, especially now that they are back on their own turf. He welcomes the change with open arms, since he sacrificed so much by being away from his family, especially Michele, his wife of 29 years, and his only daughter, Chloe. He couldn’t count anymore the birthdays, funerals, and other milestones in their family that he wasn’t able to attend while he was in the US.

Mike’s Net Worth

Sources have estimated his net worth at around $1.5 million, as of September 2021. Most of his earnings have come from his TV shows, live events appearances, endorsements, and his car dealership outlets.

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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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