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What happened to Sky Days on ‘Black Ink Crew’? SUSPENDED?

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What is “Blank Ink Crew”?

“Blank Ink Crew” – known as “BIC” – is a VH1 reality series that premiered in January 2013, and follows the drama and daily comings and goings at a Harlem-based African-American tattoo shop. Thanks to the success of the initial series, VH1 has released several spin-offs which are set in Compton, Chicago, and other locations.

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The protagonist of “BIC” is Ceaser Emanuel, the owner of the shop and other tattoo studios in Orlando, Brooklyn, Houston and Atlanta. The savvy businessman and TV personality was born in June 1979 and is of African-American descent.

Ceaser’s childhood was anything but easy. Following the death of his father from AIDS, he was raised in New York City by his Jamaican single mother, who dropped out of the modelling industry to focus on her family, and with the death of her partner tried her hand at hairstyling, and opened her own salon despite having no prior experience. She also found love again with a man named Kenneth Simpson.

In 1999, Ceaser graduated from the High School of Graphic Communication and Arts, and then enrolled into Katharine Gibbs College, obtaining a graphic arts degree. He unexpectedly became a father, and so turned his back on the gritty streets lifestyle he was accustomed to; after returning to school in 2006, he obtained a bachelor’s degree in visual communication.

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Despite a stable career as a graphic designer and art director, Ceaser felt dissatisfied. He was inspired to join a tattoo shop when he saw how much money his friends made doing the same thing. After watching and learning for three months, Ceaser joined Black Ink Tattoo Studio, to make a name for himself in the competitive industry.

After working at Black Ink for several years, Ceaser and the shop’s original owner were the last men standing, as the other tattoo artists had moved on to bigger and better things. Ceaser first appeared on VH1’s radar after taking part in a reality show with the artist Cory Gunz; the network executives persuaded him to star in his own show. By now, Ceaser had taken over the shop, but was on the verge of bankruptcy, so he didn’t need much persuading to agree.

Although Black Ink is synonymous with fights and pretty drama these days, it’s undeniable that Ceaser – and VH1 – have turned the once-faltering tattoo shop into a lifestyle brand. From merchandise to its own magazine, the Black Ink franchise shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon.

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Next up is Crystana “Dutchess” Latimore, a famous tattoo artist and TV personality, who was in the show during its first five seasons. Born in February 1984, in Lincolnton, North Carolina, Dutchess was interested in arts from her early childhood, and would often draw on herself, despite her parents’ disapproval.

Just before heading off to Atlanta’s prestigious Spelman University to obtain an art degree, Dutchess was hit with the loss of a beloved family member, and so stayed home to be with her parents and loved ones. She eventually graduated cum laude from North Carolina A&T, obtaining a business management and visual arts degree.

Years of hard work paid off, as Dutchess was able to save up enough money to move to New York City in 2010. Shortly afterwards, she began working at Black Ink, and delved into the world of reality TV. Her fiery attitude and turbulent romantic relationship with Ceaser attracted plenty of attention, and Dutchess made the most of the publicity to open her own tattoo parlor in 2015.

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These days, Pretty-N-Ink is a successful tattoo parlor in Charlotte, North Carolina. Prior to becoming a self-made businesswoman, Dutchess dabbled on the catwalk in the modeling world, and snagged a coveted first spot in the 2010 Boston Tattoo Convention Beauty Pageant. Fans of Dutchess and Ceaser were bitterly disappointed when the couple broke up; although she moved on with the NFL player Zack Sanchez, he reportedly dumped her via Snapchat after just a few months of dating.

Third in line is Richard Duncan, who was a main cast member until season five, and made his last appearance in the show in its ninth season. The former Black Ink employee was known for his braggadocious attitude and carelessness; on one occasion, he showed up so late to work that two of his clients had become bored with waiting and gone home. Despite his shortcomings, Richard was extremely talented, and could draw faster than Ceaser.

Richard had a pretty rough time on the show, as his daughter, Lulu, moved with her mother to another state. The tattoo artist was battling plenty of demons, such as his alcohol addiction; things got so bad that Ceaser fired him until he stopped drinking. Things were looking up for the talented TV personality when he left the bottle and was rehired by Ceaser – the latter trusted him so much that he temporarily left him in charge of the shop so he could demonstrate his leadership skills. Unfortunately, Richard was arrested shortly afterwards.

Richard’s womanizing ways have also been a hot topic of discussion, as he was caught out after cheating on his fiancée at the time, Anya, with several ladies. The tattoo artist clearly isn’t thinking about settling down anytime soon, as he remains single and unfocused in life. It’s unclear what he’s up to since Ceaser fired him for the last time.

Paul “Puma” Robinson was a main character from seasons one to four. The PR manager is a committed husband and father, who had a great relationship with Sassy, Richard, and other tattoo artists. Puma felt that Ceaser was too strict with some of the employees, especially with Richard, and disagreed when he decided to fire the latter. These days, Puma has his own company named Art2Ink.

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You can’t discuss “Black Ink” without mentioning JaKeita “Sky” Days, the Haitian and African-American former receptionist of the tattoo shop, who was known for her emotional meltdowns and dramatic ways. Straightforward, bold and fearless, Sky worked as a make-up artist before Ceaser employed her. Reality TV changed her life forever as she went from being unknown to becoming a mini-celebrity overnight; Sky took the changes in her stride and has adapted well to being one of the small screen’s most recognizable villains.

Sky had two children during her adolescent years whom she gave up for adoption. In a particularly memorable episode that aired in early 2020, she and her son Des came to blows during an emotional meeting. Hurling insults and expletives at each other, Sky shocked viewers when she told Des that she wished she’d aborted him, and that neither she nor his father wanted him.

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Obviously, the incident immediately went viral on social media; Sky was branded an unfit mother and a deadbeat by thousands of irate viewers, and accused of emotional abuse towards her son. Des broke down crying in the car while Sky was ranting at him; later on, he told Ceaser that it was best he and his mother go their separate ways.

In 2020, Sky’s abrupt departure from “Black Ink” got tongues wagging. Unsurprisingly, VH1 decided to suspend her from the show after she hit Des. Initially, Des stopped by to visit his mother and apologize for what had happened during a prior meeting, in which she accused him of stealing from her. Sky had insisted that a girl had sent her social media messages claiming to be pregnant with Des’s child, and claimed that he was just trying to get money from her.

One thing led to another and Des insulted Sky; she then hit him and later made it clear that she felt no remorse for what had happened and was disinterested in working on their rocky relationship. It’s been almost three years since she was suspended from “Black Ink” in February 2020, and Des and his brother Genesis are believed not to be on speaking terms with Sky.

Sky has over four million Instagram followers, and ironically, claims to be a mental health advocate. These days, the TV personality is a shadow of her former, fresher-faced self, due to her love of plastic surgery and partying. Some of her many operations include a fox eye lift, Brazilian butt lift, and breast augmentation; Sky rarely shares photos without filters or Photoshop either.

The social media influencer makes a living working with Pretty Little Thing and other brands, as well as hosting nightclubs from time to time. In October 2022, she celebrated National Boyfriend Day by revealing she was in a new relationship, but his identity remains a mystery for now; previously, she was linked to the local rapper 600 Breezy.

Controversy

Like we said, “Black Ink” and drama go hand in hand – be it petty social media spats or run-ins with the law. In January 2021, Ceaser’s teenage daughter Cheyenne accused him of dragging her out of the shower while she was naked and beating her. The startling allegations were made via Instagram Live; Cheyenne also called Ceaser’s girlfriend a “porn star” and showed clips of her X-rated videos.

Later on, Cheyenne doubled down on her claims and penned a message that read: “The level of disrespect from my father pulling me out of the shower then beating me while I was naked is a problem… It’s a shame that because he’s on TV that people would think it is ok to kick me punch me and stomp me like I’m a dog in the street.” She mentioned Ceaser’s girlfriend again, claiming that she had stalked her father for years while he was in a relationship with Dutchess.

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Ceaser denied the claims and said that he’d merely disciplined his daughter. In May 2021, things heated up even more when Cheyenne’s mother, Crystal, reiterated her daughter’s claims. Ceaser hit Crystal with a defamation lawsuit and things were taken to court; the outcome of the lawsuit remains unclear.

Netizens who defended Ceaser had to eat their words when a video of the disgraced TV star began circulating on social media in June 2022, in which, prompted an animal cruelty investigation, Ceaser was seen hitting a defenseless dog with a folded chair and kicking it. VH1 promptly cut ties with the tattoo artist, who defended himself by saying that he’d been trying to break up a fight between his dogs.

“Even me looking at it, it looks crazy. But it’s a moment in time I wish I could take back,” Ceaser said. “I came home, my dogs is attacking each other… I mean they was going for each other’s necks, basically trying to kill each other.” Ceaser’s lukewarm statement wasn’t good enough for VH1 or the court of public opinion, as since then, the reality heavyweight has lost plenty of brand endorsements and opportunities.

On a lighter note, not all “Black Ink” scandals are related to animal abuse or alleged child cruelty. As mentioned, Sky Days began dating rapper 600 Breezy in late 2019, with the pair making a joint appearance at that year’s annual BET Hip Hop Awards. The relationship was controversial from the beginning due to the age gap, with Breezy being almost the same age as Sky’s sons, however, the real drama came when Queen Key, a little-known rapper, claimed to be expecting not one but three of Breezy’s kids.

That’s right: Queen Key was pregnant with triplets, and blasting Breezy on social media for not stepping up to his duties. Breezy vehemently denied having anything to do with the unborn children, but who turned out to bear a striking resemblance to him. The negative publicity got so bad that Sky and Breezy quietly broke up; Queen Key gave birth in March 2020, just one month after Sky was suspended from “Black Ink” for beating her son.

Since then, Queen Key has been documenting her single motherhood journey on Instagram, whereas Breezy refuses to have anything to do with the triplets. In September 2022, he shared that his longtime girlfriend, Raven Jackson, had committed suicide after struggling with mental health issues. Given Breezy’s disappointing track record with women, some people insinuated that he was using Raven’s tragic demise for sympathy, and pointed out that the rapper had never mentioned her, despite them having been together for over two years. Breezy and Sky are no longer on speaking terms, and have apparently both moved on in life.

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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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What happened to Christie Brimberry from Gas Monkey Garage?

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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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