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What happened to Hannah Ferrier from “Below Deck Mediterranean”?



If there’s something which “Below Deck Mediterranean” has taught us so far, it’s that drama is not uncommon, even in the most luxurious of superyachts. Besides the usual stress entailed by working in this demanding business, the crews of these yachts are faced with many personal challenges, while trying to keep their professionalism at the upmost level.

Even though the concept of “Below Deck Mediterranean” isn’t that different from other reality TV shows, the fact that the series has been on air for several seasons proves that there is never enough on-sea drama. That being said, certain cast members such as Hannah Ferrier have gained lots of popularity as well, even though sometimes for negative reasons.

So what happened to Hannah? Why was she fired from the show, and what is she doing now? Keep with us to know all about our favorite TV chief stewardess!

What Is She Doing Now?

Hannah Ferrier’s firing from “Below Deck Mediterranean” in the fifth season really caught us all by surprise. It wasn’t only the fact of knowing Hannah as one of the most beloved characters in the series that made her exit dumbfounding, but also the whole scandal surrounding it.

With that unfortunate incident now in the past, more career opportunities opened for Hannah. Besides founding her own training academy Ocean International, she’s also in a new chapter of her life with “The Real Love Boat”, set to air in late 2022.

Just as expected, this new show will get Hannah back on board a luxury yacht, but instead of being in charge of a crew, her job in “The Real Love Boat” is to help its passengers to ‘find love’ and their ‘perfect match’ while traveling overseas, as she explained in an Instagram post.

While the show’s concept might not sound familiar for new generations, this new series is actually a revival of the 1970s drama “The Love Boat”, starring Gavin MacLeod. However, unlike the original, this sort-of spin-off is a reality competition which would challenge everyone involved with it in their search for love.

Despite how different “The Real Love Boat” is compared to her old job, it’s great to see Hannah again on TV.


Why Was She Fired From “Below Deck Mediterranean”?

Hannah Ferrier’s firing from “Below Deck Mediterranean” was messy to say the least. It all occurred in the fifth season, when viewers saw Captain Sandy Yawn receiving a message which read ‘I’m sorry but I have to report this’, accompanied with a pic of someone’s medication, and other articles which hinted at drug consumption, all of it embroidered with Hannah’s initials.

Taking the issues in her hands, Captain Sandy did all ‘the procedures and the protocol’ to fire Hannah for allegedly bringing undeclared drugs on board. In a later interview, the Captain declared that there were other reasons leading to Hannah’s sacking off the boat: ‘I don’t trust her as a crew member on board at all, that’s why I fired her; I’m a captain and she waits tables. There’s no equal there professionally’.

While it wasn’t openly said on screen who sent the pics, the strongest suspect was Malia White, which Hannah later confirmed through Twitter as she praised her former roommate’s ‘arranging skills’. Furthermore, Hannah openly identified the articles seen in the original pic as her anxiety medication, consisting of Valium and legal Cannabidiol oil, along with a prescription in her name.

Response To The Backlash?

Needless to say, Hannah Ferrier’s exit from “Below Deck Mediterranean” caused mixed reactions in the audience, split between those who supported her, and those who thought Captain Sandy’s decision was right.


On her part, Hannah stated that she was deliberately painted in a negative way, given that her anxiety diagnosis was known by the crew throughout the five seasons she was in it. Even a couple of days prior to her termination, the audience saw her having a panic attack, which prompted her to ask Malia White for help, making it apparent that her then-roommate knew about her medication: ‘It wasn’t like I was trying to be sneaky or anything like that. Nobody has ever declared medication when they’ve gotten on a boat’, she told Peninsula Living.

Furthermore, Hannah strongly disapproved of the ‘stigma’ regarding her situation and its portrayal on screen: ‘Anxiety medication is for a mental illness, so it shouldn’t be painted like, ‘You’re a drug addict smuggling drugs on board’.’

That being said, while the scandal affected Hannah, she declared that it led to something positive, as lots of people suffering from similar conditions openly supported her: ‘the actual awareness and help that it gave people I think was more important than the hurt I felt’.

Relationship With Former Co-Stars

As people might expect, Hannah Ferrier is obviously not on good terms with some of her former co-workers in “Below Deck Mediterranean”. Starting with Captain Sandy Yawn, who not only doesn’t regret sacking Hannah off the boat, but has also shown her displeasure at the former Chief Stewardess: ‘the part that I think really disturbs her, is her ego. It’s sad. I feel for her, this girl still hanging onto that s**t’, she said, according to Metro. Apparently, Hannah doesn’t hold her former Captain in high regard either, as she affirmed to the podcast “Kyle & Jackie O Show” that they ‘weren’t friendly at all’ during the years they worked together.

For her part, Malia White admitted to having some regrets about the way ‘everything went down’, but also affirmed to be doing what she needed, given her job as a bosun, she told Us Weekly.

Considering the terms of Hannah’s exit, Captain Sandy’s and Malia’s statements aren’t surprising, but not everything is bad news. The show’s former star Aesha Scott said that she holds Hannah in high regard: ‘She’s such an amazing, beautiful friend to me’, she told Decider, also confessing to receiving advice from her former co-worker for her new series “Below Deck Down Under”. This proves that while Hannah’s experience wasn’t the best while working under Captain Sandy’s command, she gained the support of many people in the process.

Is Hannah Married Now?

Marriage is one of the many blessings which have come Hannah’s way since her exit from the “Below Deck” franchise. In early 2022 she tied the knot with fiancé-turned-husband Josh Roberts.

Their private wedding was held in Sydney, in a ceremony which celebrated Hannah’s Australian heritage and her now-husband’s Scottish traditions. As reported by E! News, the ceremony was attended by the respective families of the couple, whose engagement was announced back in late 2020 after dating for two years.

As Hannah said, their relationship advanced quite fast from their first meeting, passing from just drinking ‘a glass of wine’ to seeing each other all the time. On his part, Josh apparently wasn’t aware of Hannah’s status as a reality star, but even after knowing it, it didn’t deter his affections.

That being said, the couple had previously delayed their wedding due to buying their own house a year before. As Hannah told CheatSheet in late 2021, waiting for Covid-19 restrictions to tone down was also important in their books, as they wanted both their families to attend the wedding. Fortunately, everything turned out great for them.

Maternity & Controversy Over Work

In late October 2020, Hannah and her now-husband Josh Roberts welcomed their first child, a daughter whom they named Ava Grace. Needless to say, the arrival of the new member of their family came as the greatest news for the couple: ‘She is already a little menace who has captured our hearts forever’, as Hannah wrote on an Instagram post.

Although motherhood is a challenge for anyone, Hannah affirmed that the countless years working in the hospitality business prepared her for this: ‘I just cannot see it being any harder or any more sleep deprived than a season of Below Deck Med’, she told The Daily Dish.

Following the birth of their daughter, the growing family took it as a priority to buy their own house, prompting Hannah to appear in “The Real Love Boat” as a way to pay her property’s mortgage. However, becoming a working mother caused a backlash to come her way, an issue she addressed on her Instagram page: ‘I am so disappointed with the amount of DMs and comments shaming me for working’, she said, before advising people ‘to get a grip’.


Regardless of the mixed opinions regarding her job choices, that fortunately hasn’t been enough to shadow Hannah and Josh’s excitement over parenthood.

Body Image Struggles

Ever since giving birth to her daughter Ava, Hannah Ferrier has been dealing with losing weight to get back in form. However, her journey was an uphill road, particularly during the lockdown, due to her inability to go outside, and totally putting her focus on her baby: ‘I was always reaching for my phone at 7pm to order dinner in, and always feeling like I deserved a ‘treat’ after such a hard day’, she admitted in an interview with CheatSheet.

Prior to her wedding, Hannah partially achieved some of her weight loss goals, but took the biggest step in her journey by joining Jenny Craig Max Up program, which apparently not only helped her, but also her now husband in accomplishing a ‘healthier’ lifestyle: ‘he’s feeling so much better about himself and so much more comfortable in his own skin’, she said a couple of weeks after starting the program.

While her efforts to have a slimmer size are partially motivated by her return to TV, Hannah has also admitted to wanting to be ‘comfortable in her own skin’, as she has already accepted her post-pregnancy body.


Sometimes blessings come in disguise, and that’s fortunately the case of Hannah Ferrier. While her career took a big hit after her firing from “Below Deck Mediterranean” in early 2020, that was the push she needed to become professionally independent. That’s why she established Ocean International Training Academy, a course for beginners in the yacht-specialized hospitality business, serving as a platform for students to land jobs in the industry.

Hannah didn’t found her company alone though, as her former “Below Deck Mediterranean” co-star Anastasia Surmava is her business partner in this venture. Their offered courses have an affordable range of prices, but according to Hannah, what really sets her business apart from others is their honesty towards students, just as she told Dockwalk: ‘It’s long hours, difficult guests, cramped quarters, and people need to be aware of the reality of yachting before joining the industry’.

While starting a new company surely isn’t easy, Hannah and Anastasia’s love for their job in the industry, kept it afloat even during the pandemic.

Dealing With Fame

While Hannah’ journey career on TV hasn’t been the easiest, she fortunately knows how to keep her feet on the ground despite her fame. It’s that tough-skinned type of attitude and openness which has built her an approachable image as a celebrity, as she told Superyacht News: ‘my messages were just completely flooded with people getting in touch with me, trying to figure out how they can get on the yachts and kickstart a career at sea’, she commented, in regards to the idea of starting her training business after leaving the show.

Given the huge fame of “Below Deck” as a franchise, it’s unsurprising to see Hannah is widely followed on social media, accumulating over 800,000 followers on Instagram alone. That being said, she considers that fact ‘a bit weird’, but uses her platform to help other people interested in the yachting industry in pursuing their dreams.

While not letting fame get into her head is an accomplishment in itself, and for anyone involved in the entertainment industry, Hannah’s goals go beyond just not having ‘celebrity friends’, but to improve yachting as a more inclusive industry: ‘I always say I feel that the audience is like 20 years behind, like every other industry. That’s kind of normal, so I’m hoping we’re going to catch up really soon’, she stated.

What Happened To The Show After She left?

Hannah Ferrier was undoubtedly one of the most popular “Below Deck Mediterranean” cast members, so letting her go meant facing a huge backlash from the audience, Captain Sandy and Malia White getting the worst of that.


While that’s an expected reaction considering the conditions surrounding Hannah’s departure, Sandy didn’t let the criticism deter her, and is still an active member of the show, and has affirmed to ’never having hated’ her former subordinate. In the case of Malie, she eventually left in the seventh season to focus on ‘an upcoming exam’ while the show was filming. Though she affirmed her leave wasn’t definitive, it’s unknown when her comeback is scheduled for.

All in all, Hannah’s fans surely miss seeing her in “Below Deck Mediterranean”, but considering all the new and exciting career opportunities coming her way nowadays, as well as her apparent happy family life, it’s evident that she really needed to leave that old chapter of her life behind.

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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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