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What happened to Kyle Bell from “Mountain Men”?



History Channel’s reality-television/documentary series “Mountain Men” made Kyle Bell a popular game hunter. His survivalist skills were on display in the show including his interesting relationship with his young son, to whom he passed on his game-hunting expertise as well as life lessons acquired over the years. His fans were disappointed that their participation in the show was cut short after just two seasons, and many wondered what happened to them and if Kyle still worked for local ranchers in New Mexico.

The 101 on “Mountain Men,” the reality-TV show

‘Man is not at the top of the food chain in the mountains. To survive, men must do what is necessary. Some images may be disturbing.’ No viewer who was into outdoor activities in the wilderness could resist a TV show with this kind of opening spiel or disclaimer.

The premise

Since the 1800s, the mountains of North America had been the home to people who thrived in the wilderness. It was said that they were the ones who opened up trails and paths, which provided Americans living in the east the opportunity to travel to the west. Surviving in these mountains could be brutal, and the TV show “Mountain Men” chronicled the lives of people in modern times who live in some areas with no known paths and endured its hardcore lifestyle.  From the Appalachians’ Blue Ridge Mountains to Montana’s Rockies all the way up to the Northern Alaskan Range, these hardy and highly skilled survivalists knew that the line between life and death was quite slim, especially when the temperature dropped below minus 25° Celsius.

Background on the creation of “Mountain Men”

Chris Richardson and Marc Pierce of Warm Springs Productions were credited as the creators and showrunners of “Mountain Men.” The idea came to them after they worked on an outdoor show called “Escape to the Wild”, but shelved the concept for later use. They only pursued it after their massive hit, “Duck Commander,” ruled the TV ratings game, and gave them the leverage to push beyond the limits of their creativity. After three years of running that show, the two were unceremoniously left out when A&E network took over, and chose another team to produce it, which motivated them to do another show, and “Mountain Men” was born.


The cast and crew

The creators of the reality-TV series traveled to various places, and scoured hunting game outfitters just to get the right people and ensure its successful launch. The first thing they did was conduct a background check for any criminal activities that those men might have had, which shortened the potential list of future reality-TV stars. They sought the help of local ranchers and hunting guides, as it was difficult to look for people with interesting characters who survived and flourished remotely while confronting deadly predators. The original cast members included Marty Meierotti (Two Rivers, Alaska), Eustace Conway and Preston Roberts (Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina), and Tom Oar (Yaak River, Montana). By the third season, there were eight survivalists featured in the show.

Hiring the right people for filming was also a taxing job, since only a few were willing to take on an adventure in areas located on the edge of civilization. It took a certain kind of person to live there even temporarily, so the job wasn’t for everybody. One of the cast members shared, ‘Once you get cold you just can’t warm back up.’ It took more or less 90 people to ensure that the filming went smoothly. Several five-man camera teams would stay for weeks with these mountain men, just to document their lives, and they acknowledged that it was one of the most dangerous jobs on TV. They battled to live on their wits due to the extreme weather conditions that they were in. The creators proudly said that their crew knew how to ensure that the batteries wouldn’t freeze, while carrying heavy cameras, light and sound systems, as high as 10,000 feet, over 3,000 meters

Kyle Bell’s journey in “Mountain Men”

In the third season, the show introduced the game hunter, Kyle Bell.

The first time Kyle appeared in the show

In the mountains of New Mexico at an elevation of 16,000 feet, about 5,000 meters, the dry Cimarron Valley had one of the most brutal winters in the country. The temperature could drop to 25°C below zero. Over 30 inches, 75cms of snow buried the valley each year, but it didn’t discourage Kyle Bell. He said, ‘I lived an independent, free lifestyle. I take pride in being able to make a living out of my surrounding.’ While he was highly skilled in surviving extreme conditions and isolation, he never underestimated the force of nature. He knew that he had to keep his wits about him when he was out hunting animals, or even just cutting firewood.

He’s the local ranchers’ all-around go-to guy

Everyone in the Cimarron Valley knew that there was an element of danger each time they stepped out of their homes, but the risks tripled whenever the worst-ever weather conditions were expected to hit their valley. The local ranchers hired Kyle to do various jobs for them, including herding buffalos, scouting for predators, breaking trails, or fixing broken fences up in the mountains. Aside from the ferocious weather, several things could kill or hurt him if he wasn’t extra careful. Bears and cougars were always on the prowl – Kyle said that danger would always be a part of his life, but he wouldn’t have it any other way. He accepted these odd jobs in exchange for the right to hunt on their lands.

Kyle’s new assistant

There were times when Kyle would bring his 10-year-old son, Ben Bell, to his work; the young boy wanted badly to be a mountain man like his Dad. Kyle said that his son spent so much time in the woods, because he’d rather stay outside than inside their house playing video games or watching TV. He was glad that Ben shared his passion for this way of life, but knew that the young boy had so much more to learn, as in the mountains, there’s no room for mistakes. Ben shared, ‘I’m watching and learning the things that my Dad does. I want to live this Mountain Man life.’


Going after strayed buffalos with Ben

The local ranchers heard that a rare polar vortex would hit the country one winter season, and would stretch out to the far south in New Mexico. Kyle was tasked to bring down those buffalos that strayed, and herd them back to a safe place. It was the perfect time to expose Ben to this kind of situation so took brought him along for the job. Around 30 buffalos lost their way, and if they weren’t found before the storm hit, they would end up dead, with the ranchers incurring a huge financial loss, as each head cost $2,500 at that time. It was Ben’s first experience moving buffalo, and his father warned him of the danger that they posed, so he should never underestimate them; reading correctly the different stances of an aggressive buffalo would help in doing the job. They found the missing buffalos after Ben noticed tracks, so the father was quite proud of his son, as he stayed by his side and never complained the whole time.

Ben’s first hunting trip

One of the reasons why Kyle and Ben became fan favorites in “Mountain Men” was the fascinating dynamics between them, especially during the time Kyle took his son on his first hunting trip. Young Ben had never killed an animal, even a small one in his life before, and his father knew that Ben had to do it if he wanted to become self-sufficient. He instructed his son to look for a fat rabbit, as he wanted to have it for supper.

The only way for his son to acquire the same skills that he had was to get Ben out in the woods to experience everything; it wasn’t like any camping trip that they’d had in the past. Kyle made a list of challenges that Ben needed to overcome on his own, but under his watch. There was no box of matches or fuel-filled lighter to create fire, and no food supply. His son would have to shoot, skin and cook an animal to fill their stomachs. Ben satisfied his father’s wish, as he killed a fat rabbit and prepared food for them from scratch – Kyle said that it was quite satisfying to sit down with his son around the fire pit, as Ben absorbed everything that he’d taught him.

Kyle gave Ben his first horse

The Cimarron Valley was known for its terraced terrain of mazes and canyons, which was carved by past volcanic eruptions over the decades. Kyle had been navigating around this rugged landscape for 20 years, and the best way to explore it was to have a sturdy horse. The father knew that for his son to survive that lifestyle efficiently, he must have his own dependable horse. Kyle gifted him a horse named Chico, but just when he was giving instructions to his boy on how to bond with the horse, it was spooked due to some rattlesnakes lurking on the ground and jumped erratically. Chico’s foot became stuck between the railings where he was tied, and he couldn’t remove it. Kyle was afraid that Chico might be crippled if he kept on trying to forcibly get his foot out. An hour of pounding the railing widened the gap between the steel frames until the horse was freed from his predicament. A disaster was averted, as the horse ended up with only small cuts, and not one bone was broken.


Father and son went for a buffalo hunt

Herds of buffalo 100,000 strong once made an epic migration through the canyons in Cimarron Valley, and it provided an endless bounty of meat to anyone brave and skilled enough to hunt them. To continue with the tradition as well as a way to gather food supplies for the winter season, Kyle and Ben went out on a buffalo hunt of their own. In the fourth season of “Mountain Men,” the Bells needed to replenish the meat supply in their freezer to ensure they’d have enough for the rest of the year. It was an ideal time for Kyle to teach his son how to track and kill a buffalo. He was patient, and took all the precautions so that it would only take one shot to immediately kill the animal, and not just wound it.

Kyle was on a repair mission 7,000 feet up

Doing odd jobs for the local ranchers included repairs, and Kyle was tasked to go 7,000 feet up to help fix a broken fence. Apparently, a part of the fence fell, and when he saw it, he suspected something spooked the buffalos because they wouldn’t normally run down a fence unless they were in danger; he knew that a predator was lurking around the area. After he finished repairing the fence, he found tracks left by a cougar, and just then, Lizzy, one of his horses was startled and ran away. He searched for the horse and was afraid of the possibility that a cougar could get to her before he did. When he found Lizzy, the horse was lying down on the ground and he thought the worst. However, Lizzy was unharmed but she couldn’t move because the reins were tangled up in bushes.

Get to know Kyle and why he left “Mountain Men”

Just like most reality-TV shows on any cable channel or streaming service, the network executives never gave an official explanation as to why Kyle Bell left “Mountain Men”, and was never seen again. Speculations were then thrown on social media and online forums.

Who is Kyle Bell and what drew him to the mountains?

Kyle was born and raised on a small ranch his family owned in North Central Texas, growing-up in a house located in the middle of the woods. From the time that he was a little boy, he couldn’t get enough of the woods and the animals living there, and was passionate to learn more about them. He shared that he was lucky that his Dad and uncles took him on camping and hunting trips. By the time he was around 12 years old, he started to go by himself, camping overnight with only his dog to accompany him.


His parents would take him to the mountains of New Mexico and Colorado during vacations. Kyle felt even back then that it was such a cool country, and dreamed of one day living up there. When Kyle became an adult, he worked on various ranches, and became a ranch manager by the time he was 30 years old. After giving it some thought, he quit a really good job, loaded everything he owned in his pickup truck, and worked for outfitters in Idaho and Colorado. Later on, he moved to New Mexico and worked with three outfitters in the area. He believed that one must have the guts to pursue his dreams just like he did. Kyle said it was important to ask oneself, ‘If you’re not happy with what you are doing, why ain’t you.’ and do something about it.

The reasons why he left the reality-TV series

Kyle Bell quit the TV show without any fanfare after appearing in it for two seasons; fans were surprised as to the reasons behind such a decision. He was last seen on an episode aired on 1 October 2015. There was no explanation, but there were some reports that his absence was because he wanted to focus on his other business endeavors. Apparently, aside from filming “Mountain Men,” he also ran an outfitting company called Folsom Outfitters, which specialized in western big game hunting on private land with diverse types of animals, and a promise that they could make anyone’s Western dream hunt a reality.

The next time fans saw the father-and-son duo was when they announced that they’d launched a website as well as an official YouTube channel that would provide how-to tutorials on things related to camping and hunting trips. The fans were excited to see the Bells once again, however, after a few posts on their blog site dated February 2016, no new articles were posted. Even the YouTube channel only had one video uploaded since it was launched. People thought that Kyle might be too busy to even manage their online accounts, and never heard anything about them until a complaint about his outfitting company was posted on the Texas Bow Hunters online forum in September 2017.

A client gave a negative feedback on his group’s experience with Kyle. Allegedly, they observed that Kyle was quite drunk when he guided them during a hunting trip; the worse part was when he left them in the middle of the trip. Some of the people close to Kyle, who were part of the forum, were alarmed by it, and one of them even reached out to his wife. Apparently, Kyle’s knees hurt badly due to his rodeo days, and he would take painkillers along with alcohol to get by. Other clients vouched for their positive experiences, and were shocked at the negative experience other clients allegedly had with him.

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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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