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What is Drake Milligan from “America’s Got Talent” doing now

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Country singer Drake Milligan amazed the audience with his “America’s Got Talent” audition during season 17 with an original song. Auditioning with a song the performer wrote is somewhat common, but the quality of the songwriting, melody, and performance rarely reach levels necessary to get one judge to vote yes, let alone four. Yet, that is what happened when Drake took the stage. What’s more, judges Howie Mandel and Simon Cowell predicted he will become a country star.

Unfortunately, though the excitement was high and the audience seemed to stand behind him, Drake Milligan failed to secure first place in “America’s Got Talent”. Luckily, he won the audience’s hearts and amassed a loyal follower base that couldn’t wait to hear and see what he did next. He didn’t disappoint; he played at some legendary country music venues after he was signed to a respectable recording label, and released his first limited play (LP) album. Since the future looks bright for the young singer, musician, and TV personality, we examined what Drake Milligan is doing now.

What did Drake do before TV fame?

Drake Milligan was born on 1 June 1998, in the Dallas/Forth Worth suburb of Mansfield, Texas, USA, to Angela Milligan, a veterinarian, and James Milligan, who runs a recycling yard for scrap metal. He has a brother, Hunter Milligan, who grew up engaging in activities such as snowboarding, swimming, dressing up as a cowboy, and riding a mechanical bull.

His father inspired Drake’s passion for country music through his records from Merle Haggard, Alan Jackson, and George Jones. Drake wanted to perform from a young age when he fell in love with George Strait’s music from a CD his dad frequently played in the car. On the other hand, his mom had CDs of Waylon Jennings, and listened to ‘outlaw music’ a lot. However, a notable event at the age of seven that inspired him was seeing an Elvis impersonator at a local 1950s-themed restaurant.

Drake went home thinking Elvis was ‘the coolest thing in the world’, and started researching everything he could and listened to all his songs. His obsession grew to the point of him getting a costume, and dressing up as him for Halloween, dancing on the coffee table, and singing “Blue Christmas”.

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Early acting career success as Elvis Presley

Drake’s earliest acting experience dates to 2014, when he portrayed Elvis Presley in a short film entitled “Nobody”. A few years later, the producers of the “Sun Records” American drama TV mini-series were casting someone to play the famous singer. Drake saw the ad on Facebook, and thought he was ‘preparing for the role his whole life’. Alas, he was only 17, and they didn’t want him until he used connections from “Nobody” to tell the casting directors he was serious.

After he auditioned, they acknowledged his musicality and physical resemblance to Elvis Presley. His experience as an impersonator and the role in the short film only cemented their decision to cast him in the lead role, and the series premiered in February 2017. Drake shared the screen with the likes of Trevor Donovan, Chad Michael Murray, Jennifer Holland, and Florence before the show wrapped up after eight episodes in April 2017. Starring in the show forced him to move to Nashville, Tennessee, while he was in his final year of high school. That was the moment he decided he wanted to be a country artist.

Appearing in “American Idol”

Drake auditioned for “American Idol” in New Orleans during season 16 in 2018. As contestant number 50096, he performed “You Look So Good in Love” by George Strait in front of Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan. Alas, despite earning the “ticket to Hollywood” from all three judges to proceed, he dropped out of the competition after the Hollywood Round.

Drake clarified on Instagram when asked, ‘I decided that I wasn’t quite ready for that platform yet, and that it would be a better step for me to move to Nashville and focus on my music first.’

He explained that quitting was tough but necessary, adding that no one pressured him to exit or discouraged him from competing. It was the opposite, as he stated, ‘Everyone was very kind and I feel absolutely blessed and gracious to have been part of it’.

Moving to Nashville, getting signed, and releasing debut music

After he settled in Nashville permanently in 2018, Drake decided to cut all ties to Elvis Presley, as he ‘wanted nothing to do with him’, instead attempting to get a recording contract. A well-known record label, BBR Music Group, initially rejected his audition, telling him that he ‘needs to do a lot of work, but something’s there’. Drake remained in touch, and kept recording demos and songwriting, and when he played again, the label reversed their decision, and signed him six months to a year later, in early 2021.

On 23 July 2021, he released his debut extended play (EP) album entitled “Drake Milligan”. Although he co-wrote all five songs, the album didn’t bring commercial success despite positive reviews by reputable music critics. Interestingly, Drake received feedback that opposed what he thought he should do. Tony Brown, the album producer, advised him to incorporate the influence Elvis and his music had on his life instead of running from it. Drake also released a Christmas single entitled “Cowgirl for Christmas” on 22 October 2021, that failed to chart.

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Auditioning for “America’s Got Talent”

Drake Milligan took the “America’s Got Talent” stage on 7 June 2022, after the producer of the talent TV show heard his EP album, and suggested he should give it a chance. He auditioned with an original, “Sounds Like Something I’d Do”, and impressed all four judges, Sofia Vergara, Heidi Klum, Simon Cowell, and Howie Mandel, who gave him four “yes” votes.

Drake stated this was the chance he waited for because he’d watched the talent show since he was a kid. More precisely, he could perform with his band, and present his already-released music to break the ice in the industry.

He also thought of it as a modern iteration of “The Ed Sullivan Show”, which aired from 1948 to 1971, and whose host requested live performances, launching many unknown singers and bands into stardom, including Elvis Presley, Connie Francis, and at that time in the US, The Beatles.

Finishing third in “America’s Got Talent”

After the judges deliberated, he proceeded to the semi-finals, where his performance of another original, “Kiss Goodbye All Night” received standing ovations from all four judges. After Simon Cowell called it ‘the best performance of the night’, he expectedly reached the finals. Additionally, the song topped the iTunes Country Songs chart the morning after, and he performed “Sounds Like Something I’d Do” again in the finals.

Before heading into the finale, he said he would invest the $1 million cash prize to improve fans’ live experiences. First, he would visit more places, as he could pay for road van upkeep and travel expenses. Second, he would purchase better music equipment and create a bigger and better production with the rest of the money. Unfortunately, on 14 September 2022, he finished in third place behind Kristy Sellars, the runner-up, and Mayyas, who won. Despite failing to earn the esteemed prize, he was the highest-placing singer in his season.

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Releasing his debut country album

On 15 September 2022, Drake released his debut digital limited play (LP), and CD album, entitled “Dallas/Fort Worth” under the BBR Music Group label. Drake wrote and recorded most of the 14 songs in 2018, 2020 and 2021, co-wrote them all, and prepared the album ahead of time. Therefore, he could release the album a day after his third-place finish in the TV show. His audition track was the best-charting single from the album, reaching 40th place on the US Billboard Country Airplay chart.

The album’s name stems from the sound it features, and was suggested by Adrian Michaels, Vice President of Innovation, Radio and Streaming of the record label He noticed half of his music has a rock influence, is polished, and radio ready, making it suitable for a big city like Dallas. In contrast, the other half represents traditional country music, played in bars and stockyards, which fits the Fort Worth name.

Drake cited Merle Haggard, Dwight Yoakam, George Strait and Buck Owens as his biggest inspirations for the album, and described it as ‘old school in a new way’.

A song with the most unusual name, “Bad Day To Be A Beer” came from a one-liner that made him laugh and note it down. It happened randomly when during a fishing trip they were on, his friend said, ‘It’s a good day to be me, but it’s a bad day to be a beer.’ Another unusual reference is his duet with James Burton, entitled “Long Haul” – he wrote it as a fictional love song between him and country music since he ‘is in it for the long haul, and will follow it until the end and go everywhere’.

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Touring in late 2022

Shortly after the album’s release, Drake announced that he’d embark on a cross-country tour. He immediately noticed how inadequate many clubs were for the number of people that showed up – he’d committed to performing in some venues up to 10 months upfront, and even promised to play and sing for free in some.

Although he visited several popular places, a notable performance was at the Billy Bob’s Texas venue in Fort Worth, on 24 September 2022. The location is renowned because the best-known country music legends of the late 20th and early 21st century performed there from 1981. Drake dreamed of ‘performing there as long as he can remember but never dreamed it would be this soon’.

If that wasn’t thrilling enough, Drake made his Grand Ole Opry debut on 5 October 2022. Not many singers and musicians get this honor, let alone so early in their career and after releasing their debut album without a multi-million audience. Based on the public response, his fans felt he’d finally found recognition, and that his career would be on the upswing.

He still listens to his country and soul influences

Drake seems to stay true to his statement early into “America’s Got Talent”, when he said, ‘I know Elvis’s music like the back of my hand. I love it, but I feel like my calling is country music. I’m a country boy at heart.’ In late 2022, he said that his ‘favorite music is Elvis from the late 1950s and early 1960s, especially the “Elvis is Back” record, songs like “Surrender” and “It’s Now or Never”, and all these big, lush sounds.’

He added that ‘the operating stuff and a lot of Spanish music’ are what Elvis listened to, and what Drake wanted to infuse into his album. In contrast, he still listens to Keith Whitley, Alan Jackson and Vern Gosdin, ‘some of the greatest singers in country music’ to him, and who influenced his romantic songs “Dance of A Lifetime,” “She,” and “Don’t Look Down”.

Drake plans to open for his favorite artists who still perform, too. He opened for Dwight Yoakam in late 2021, and partnered with Vince Gill on-stage in December 2022 to perform his song “Goin’ Down Swingin’”

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Drake wants to remain versatile going forward

Drake incorporated several music influences on his debut album and will keep it that way on the next, while staying loyal to country music. Funnily, he couldn’t decide which country song best described him. He jokingly cited “Much Too Young To Feel This Damn Old” by Garth Brooks, before becoming more realistic, picking George Strait’s “Cowboys Like Us”. If his music had to be influenced by two artists, he would choose to ‘stay between Elvis Presley and George Strait’.

Moreover, one of the biggest compliments to him is when people say they aren’t fans of country music, or didn’t know they were, yet love his work. Although he enjoys holding concerts for a massive audience, Drake draws joy from giving people something impactful to listen to ‘during a lazy Friday, drinking beer’. For him, music is a great escape; he loves ‘trying to tell a story, bringing people to a different place, and giving them an outlet to kind of take it easy for a while.’

Despite understanding that his fans enjoy listening to his music digitally or using a CD, he never wants his music to stop playing on the radio; he even moved from Texas to Nashville with that desire. To him, the most commercial radio artist ever was George Strait, and he aspires to reach similar stardom.

He remains interested in history

Drake Milligan was always a history buff; it was his favorite school subject. Therefore, he enjoys learning as much as possible about country music, a desire that grew when he moved to Nashville. Furthermore, he found it unusual that only the recording artists are publicly known because, ‘for every one artist, there are maybe 50 people behind the scenes.’ Thus, he decided to make it a goal to learn where the albums were recorded, and who played instruments, produced, and approved the release on the label.

Drake goes as far as learning who the record label has in their arranging and recording (A&R) division, i.e., the talent scouts that sign artists, and their noteworthy successes. For that reason, and because he knows that Elvis Presley’s band contributed significantly to his success, he wouldn’t wish to continue his career without his band members.

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His family life, food choices, and hobbies

Drake Milligan still lives in Nashville, Tennessee in 2023, while his parents reside in Tarrant County, Texas, but do their best to show up at notable performances. He goes back home when he’s unoccupied, and enjoys yard work on his gasoline-powered lawn mower.

He used to attend many Major League Baseball (MLB) Texas Rangers’ games before becoming a singer and musician.

Drake remains a massive fan of fishing, an activity he’s been involved in since childhood. In 2021, he visited Alaska for the first time to fish, and frequently impresses his social media followers with the specimens he catches, especially redfish and trout.

Drake likes to snowboard when he gets the chance, and has a long history of snowboarding at the Red River Ski Club in Red River, New Mexico.

He’s also a fan of hiking and an avid golfer.

Interestingly, Drake thinks In-n-Out French fries taste like cardboard, but loves going to Buc-ee’s and drinking Lone Star beer in Texas.

Despite being in love with hunting, especially targeting whitetail bucks, mule deer, and birds with the help of hunting dogs, he’s still a big animal lover. He had two cats, Booger and Catfish, but Catfish passed away in 2013 at 15, and his family has a wild pig named Daisy. Drake has dogs named Jack-Jack, a Jack Russel terrier, a chihuahua named Jill, a golden retriever named Belle, and Lucy The Shark, born in 2017.

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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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