Connect with us

Lists

What tragedy happened on ‘Little People, Big World’?

Published

on

What is “Little People, Big World”?

Premiering on TLC in March 2006, “Little People, Big World” is a reality show following the lives of the Roloff family. Most of the show’s episodes focus on Matt, Amy and Zach – the Roloff patriarchs and the only child of theirs who has inherited dwarfism – who spent many years living on a stunning farm in Oregon. In August 2010, TLC left viewers heartbroken with an announcement that the show would come to an end after season six, but the news was met with so much backlash that it’s on air to this day, and boasts over 23 seasons and almost 400 episodes.

The show has spawned three specials named “Breaking Down the Walls”, “Welcome to the Jungle”, and “Conquering Mount St. Helens”, as well as a spin-off series entitled “Little People, Big World: Wedding Farm” which premiered in November 2012. and lasted for six episodes. As the title insinuates, “Wedding Farm” followed Matt and Amy’s brief-lived foray into the wedding ceremony business.

Matt and Amy instantly said yes when TLC approached them in the early 2000s with ideas of developing a show on dwarfism, which would help educate the public about the condition. At the time, they had four children: Zach, Jeremy, Molly and Jacob. As mentioned earlier, Zach was the only child of Matt and Amy’s to inherit dwarfism, and is 4ft 4ins or 132cm tall. His fraternal twin, Jeremy, is of average height.

Roloff Farms, a beautiful 34-acre property also used to harvest and sell pumpkins, was the Roloff’s family home for decades. As the second-generation Roloffs reached adulthood, most of them moved away except Zach. Matt, who spent his early years undergoing risky operations in various hospitals, converted most of the farm for his children to enjoy, and eventually the public.

“Little People, Big World” is a refreshing change from scripted reality shows, often full of fake drama. Matt and Amy are both just 4ft 1in tall, and Zach is a mere three inches taller, so everyday activities are enough of a struggle for them without adding more conflict. Viewers are fascinated to see how the trio overcome the challenges their height brings, to just lead a happy and balanced life.

Advertisement

The Roloffs – Part One

Born in California in October 1961, Matt Roloff is a TV personality, author, farmer and motivational speaker. As a child, he needed 15 operations due to diastrophic dysplasia, the degenerative dwarfism condition with which he was born, and missed out on many normal childhood experiences.

Matt’s parents, Ron and Peggy, are of average height, as is his older sister Ruth; all three have appeared on “Little People, Big World” at least once. However, Sam, Matt’s younger brother, also has diastrophic dysplasia and can’t walk without crutches. Joshua, the middle child, was born with severe heart malformations, and died in 1999 at the age of 34.

Matt and Amy met at a Little People of America convention in 1987. They walked down the aisle just months later, having fallen head over heels in love with each other. Their separation and divorce announcements – which came in March 2014 and June 2015 respectively – left their longtime fans stunned, as Matt and Amy appeared to be a solid couple by all accounts. Their divorce was finalized in 2016, but the couple are still on speaking terms, and there is no bad blood between them.

The Roloffs bought their farmhouse in 1990, and transformed it into Roloff Farm. From a volleyball court to a full-size medieval castle and a regulation soccer field, the farm boasts every possible amenity, and has been Matt’s passion projects for decade. The second- and third-generation Roloffs, especially the youngsters, all have fond memories of Roloff Farm, which now brings in tens of thousands of visitors a year, and earns them passive income. Matt and Amy bought an 80-acre property next to Roloff farm in 2010.

Advertisement

It’s possible that Matt was already on TLC’s radar thanks to his sporadic TV appearances. He played an extra in “Under the Rainbow”, and was one of the Ewoks in “Ewoks: The Battle for Endor”; his friend Martin Klebba is an actor with dwarfism, known for his work in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” saga.

Prior to appearing on TV, Matt was a computer programmer for prestigious Silicon Valley companies including Altos Computers Systems, and sold systems software to Fortune 500 companies. He relocated to Oregon to work for Sequent Computer Systems in 1990, enjoying a much quieter and healthier work environment, and coinciding with Amy’s first pregnancy. He currently runs Direct Access Solutions, selling accessibility products for little people.

https://www.facebook.com/amyroloffofficalpage/posts/pfbid0B2NQbyiMMXUtLPTxgWsV6VgAhYXRdDxRjUUMo6oFbBUrRt4WqV8eyFUXjysLmB8Vl

Amy Jo Roloff was born in Michigan in September 1962, and is a motivational speaker, baker, and author, who is known for her bubbly and optimistic approach to life. She and her three siblings named Katherine, Cyndi and Roger, were raised mainly by their housewife mother Patricia, while their father worked at the Ford Motor Company.

Born with achondroplasia, Amy attended Franklin High School, then graduated with a business degree from Central Michigan University. Unlike Matt, she was totally new to the small-screen when “Little People, Big World” premiered; since then, she’s given interviews on “Oprah”, “Good Morning America”, and other popular shows.

Amy published “Short and Simple Family Recipes”, her first book, in 2012. The cookbook included 75 original family recipes passed down from generation to generation. Four years after publishing her first cookbook, Amy opened her Little Kitchen, an online bakery with thousands of content customers. “Little People Big Values” and “A Little Me” are her other works.

The TV star also has an altruistic side. In 2009, she founded the Amy Roloff Charity Foundation, which operated for 12 years, and helped disadvantaged youth and disabled people. Other causes close to her heart include low-income senior housing, homeless shelters, and the Dwarf Athletic Association of America.

As mentioned, Amy is also a passionate motivational speaker. She’s been a keynote speaker for the Women’s Power Launch, a Lakes Health Conference in 2010, the Empowering Women in Business Conference in 2015, and a Dr. James Borland Convocational Series for Adrian College in 2019. She also participates in Get Motivated, a business seminar aimed at all ages, that helps its audience delve into the entrepreneurial world.

Amy and Matt have overcome many challenges together, amongst them a 2009 lawsuit from a visitor of Roloff Farm, who claimed that the famous couple had neglected safety procedures. After a harrowing four-year legal battle, the Roloffs decided to settle out of court.

Advertisement

Many people wondered what would become of Roloff Farm when they announced their split: Matt purchased Amy’s part during divorce proceedings, and Amy bought herself a new place. The fate of Roloff Farms Salsa, their pumpkin salsa company, remains ambiguous, but Matt and Amy are believed to be running the business together.

For now, Matt hasn’t been romantically linked to anyone new. Amy tied the knot with Chris Marek, her long-term boyfriend, in 2021, in an intimate wedding ceremony held on Roloff Farm.

The Roloffs – Part Two

One of the world’s most famous little people, Zach Roloff was born in May 1990, and has been steadily gaining popularity since his adolescence. He’s the only second-generation Roloff who still appears regularly on “Little People, Big World” and for now has expressed no desire to move out of the family farm.

In summer 2015, Zach began a new chapter in his life by marrying his girlfriend Tori. They welcomed children Jackson and Lilah, who both have dwarfism, in May 2017 and November 2019. Before focusing on motherhood and photography, Tori worked as a kindergarten teacher, while Zach is a coach for local youth soccer teams and also lends a hand at the family’s pumpkin farm.

https://www.instagram.com/p/CdZPLWlv360/

Jeremy, Zach’s twin brother, is also famous thanks to his affable personality and warm sense of humor. He studied at Portland Community College but transferred to the Brooks Institute of Photography, in Santa Barbara, at the age of 21. He began working as a camera operator at Human Not Hollywood Productions a year later. Other jobs include a seven-year stint at Cloudless Weddings; during this time, he studied a Bachelor of Arts degree in photography, met his future wife Audrey Mirabella Botti, and walked down the aisle with her after four years.

Eventually, his appearances in “Little People, Big World” became sporadic. With the birth and first birthday of their child, Ember Jean, Jeremy and Audrey made the difficult decision to leave the show. In January 2020, they welcomed their second child, Bode James. Instead of buying part of Roloff Farms, he and Audrey have focused on making a name for themselves in the creative industry.

Zach and Audrey launched a podcast in November 2018, in which they discuss their personal life, interview entrepreneurs, and more. “A Love Letter Life”, their relationship self-help book, became an instant hit, and a New York Times Bestseller and was followed by “Creative Love: 10 Ways to Build a Fun and Lasting Love”. As for Molly and Jacob, they prefer to stay out of the limelight, and there is little public information available on their lives.

Tragedy struck the family in August 2022, as Matt’s father Ron passed away at the age of 84. The TV star penned a touching tribute, describing Ron as an “amazing husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and inspiration to many”. Ron died surrounded by loved ones, including his wife of 63 years – many of the Roloff family members were reading his favorite Bible verses.

Ron died with 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. In the words of his son, “What a man and a life well lived! Thanks to all the grandchildren that were able to race to his bedside and hold his hands with mom and I in his final moments here on Earth!”.

Advertisement

Similar Shows

If by any chance you’ve run out of “Little People, Big World” episodes to watch, there are plenty of similar shows out there. For example, “The Little Couple” is another TLC reality series, that premiered in May 2009. Featuring businessman Bill Klein and neonatologist Dr. Jennifer Arnold – who were born with skeletal dysplasia – the show ran for 14 seasons, and was quietly cancelled after its last episode aired in September 2019.

Bill and Jennifer were 4ft (122cm) and 3ft 2ins (96.5cm) tall respectively. When Jen completed her masters of medical education and pediatric residency at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, they relocated to Houston from New York City. Their TV debut came in “Little People: Just Married”, a one-hour TLC special, whereas “The Little Couple” started off documenting Bill and Jennifer’s pregnancy attempts and the building of their customized home.

Bill opened Rocky&Maggie in Rice Village, Houston, in February 2012. The store, managed by Jennifer’s mother Judy, was named after the couple’s pet dogs, and was the focus of season five along with the adoption process of their son Will. In October 2013, they adopted Zoey; both children have dwarfism.

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=593533631208731

Jennifer shocked the world by announcing her stage 4 choriocarcinoma diagnosis in December 2013. The rare form of cancer was caused by a non-viable pregnancy that had occurred three months earlier. Despite the emotional upheaval and shock, Jennifer agreed to document her cancer journey. From baptisms to cancer treatments to birthday parties, the show’s sixth season was jam-packed with events.

“The Little Couple” fans will be pleased to know that Discovery Communications renewed the show’s trademark in March 2022, and a new season was also teased on social media. Jennifer and Bill’s legal battle with producers likely led to the show’s lengthy postponement; in June 2016, LMNO Cable Group hit Discovery Communications with a $7 million lawsuit, claiming that Discovery’s accountants hid hundreds of thousands of dollars in embezzled money by falsifying records.

The case was eventually settled, but Bill and Jennifer intervened in May 2017, believing themselves “entitled to a portion of LMNO’s contingent compensation in The Little People”, as well as a portion of Discovery’s “adjusted gross revenues from certain forms of exploitation of the Program.” Hopefully, Bill and Jennifer settle their legal woes, and return to the small screen soon.

As an Author at Net Worth Post, I guide a dedicated team in the art of revealing the stories behind the world's most influential personalities. Fueled by a relentless curiosity and a knack for uncovering hidden stories, I immerse myself in the intricacies of our subjects' lives, weaving together accurate data and compelling narratives. My involvement spans the entire editorial process, from the seed of research to the final flourish of publication, ensuring that every article not only educates but also captivates and motivates our audience. At Net Worth Post, we are committed to providing thorough investigations into the net worth and life achievements of innovators across diverse sectors such as technology, culture, and social entrepreneurship. My method merges meticulous research with eloquent storytelling, designed to bridge the gap between our readers and the remarkable individuals who redefine our tomorrow. Through spotlighting their journeys to success, the hurdles they've surmounted, and their contributions to society, we aim to give our readers a deep and inspiring insight into the luminaries who are paving the way for progress and ingenuity in the modern era.

Continue Reading
Advertisement
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Lists

The Untold Truth About Expedition Unknown

Published

on

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.

Advertisement

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=waOPIRBj4Xw

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.

Advertisement

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.

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Josh Gates (@gatesygram)

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=__bmezQ0600

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.

Advertisement

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.

Advertisement

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.

https://www.facebook.com/ExpeditionUnknownTV/photos/871799850380399

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.

Continue Reading

Lists

What happened to Christie Brimberry from Gas Monkey Garage?

Published

on

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.

https://www.instagram.com/p/CUIov1fpfP_/

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.

Advertisement

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.

https://www.facebook.com/GasMonkeyGarage/photos/t.100044231209485/825766660780003/?type=3

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.

Advertisement

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.

Advertisement

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.

Advertisement

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.

https://www.instagram.com/p/B56O9l5A2zC/

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.

https://www.facebook.com/GasMonkeyGarage/photos/t.100044231209485/675220785834592/?type=3

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.

Continue Reading

Recommended

Luxury4 days ago

Serena Williams Takes Home $426,000 After Winning Rogers Cup

Serena Williams is still one of the most feared female tennis player on the planet. Just last week, Serena continued...

Luxury4 days ago

$8637 Per Hole So Far For Tiger Woods

The news that Padraig Harrington created $8637 per hole so far this season is fairly astounding. It is a man...

Entertainment4 days ago

Grey’s Anatomy Recap: Richard Makes A Shocking Confession

It’s all aboard the battle bus for almost all of the physicians at Gray Sloan Memorial. From babies to examinations,...

Celebrity Money4 days ago

Charlie Sheen Gives $12000 for Paparazzi Funeral

Former Two and a Half Men star donated $12,000 for the funeral expenses of the paparazzo who was killed while...

Beauty4 days ago

Lohans Half Sister Spends $25000 on Surgery to Look like Lindsay Lohan

How much would it cost to appear just just like Lindsay Lohan? Lindsay’s halfsister, Ashley Horn, invested $25,0000 on plastic...

Biographies4 days ago

Top 10 Biggest Economies in the World 2013

They are the world-wide economic heavyweights this year, estimated to be having the current largest economies on the planet. Here’s...

Companies5 days ago

BlackBerry Expected to get $500 Million Tax Refund

BlackBerry is poised to get a huge tax break. Within the 2nd quarter of FY 2014, BlackBerry posted a tax...

Biographies5 days ago

Cristiano Ronaldo buys $1.3 Million Ferrari

Ferrari, the topnotch auto company in Italy, has declared that 499 LA Ferrari models seen in state were sold-out. But,...

The Biggest5 days ago

The Biggest Shipping Companies in the World

Shipping is an extremely vital industry that most people are not aware of. Perhaps you have wondered how exotic fruits...

Biographies5 days ago

10 Poorest Cities in North America

Its economic recovery is taking a very long time, what with all of the other hurdles the nation and the...

Trending