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Where are Jeremy and Audrey Roloff now? What are they doing now?



Not many could boast of having over two million people watch one’s wedding, but Jeremy and Audrey Roloff could, when their special moment was featured in TLC’s “Little People Big World.” Jeremy, of average size, is the fraternal twin of Zach, who along with their parents Matt and Amy Roloff has dwarfism. Viewers were given the chance to see what life was like for this extraordinary family, from when the reality TV series premiered on 4 March 2006. They’d seen Jeremy matured from teen to adult, fall in love, and raise a family of his own. As he and his wife left the show in 2018, many were curious as to what became of them, and what was keeping them busy.

A little background on Jeremy Roloff’s family

Jeremy James Roloff was born on 10 May 1990, in Oregon, and was 15 when his family began filming for the docuseries. At that time, his parents had been married for 18 years, and the reason why they stayed together for so long was that they balanced each other out; Amy was practical while Matt was the dreamer and the adventurous one. Jeremy had three siblings – his twin Zach, Molly and Jacob. They lived on a 34-acre farm in Helvetia, where they had a pumpkin patch and a big playground, which consisted of a western town, underground caves, and a pirate ship. Matt wanted to create wonderful memories with his kids, as it was something he could only dream of when he was a child because he spent years in and out of the hospital for surgery related to his genetic condition called diastrophic dysplasia. What Amy feared most when her children were very young was that they would be taken from her. because people might have deemed her unable to fulfill her role as a mother, because of her achondroplasia.

Jeremy and Audrey’s love story

He was a freshman in college when he first met Audrey Mirabella Botti in January 2010, during the winter break. Their friends set them up for a blind date, and as they said their goodbyes, Jeremy thought, ‘It wasn’t a sparks-flying kind of night, and yet something about it had felt so right.’ It left him curious about this girl, who marched to the beat of her own drum, and whose strong sense of self he found refreshing. At that time, “Little People Big World,” had been airing for five years, but she didn’t ask him about the show, which further intrigued him, as it was usually what people wanted to talk about right after meeting him. In Audrey’s case, she couldn’t stop thinking about him, whom she described as the ‘skinny jean–wearing, Taylor Swift–loving, vintage car–driving farm boy.’

Both were not ready for a serious relationship, so they took time to get to know each other better. However, it didn’t take long for Jeremy to realize that Audrey was the woman he was going to marry. He had a tough time breaking down her wall, and he knew that he had to get his act together to be the man who would deserve Audrey. At that time, he was in what he called a ‘season of laziness,’ having lost sight of his purpose in life, and Audrey inspired him to strive to become a better person.


Soon, the time came to make a decision on where their friendship was headed, as she would be off to Oregon State in Corvallis for college, while he would be transferring from Portland Community College to Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, California. Audrey wondered, ‘Would we be just friends? Would we begin a long-distance dating relationship? Or would we just raise our glasses to an epic summer and move on?’ However, as they met that day, all anxiety left her.

Together, they tied their old shoes, one of his and one of hers, and tossed them over a wire under a train trestle. It was a fitting end to what Audrey referred to as a storybook summer, in which they rode truck beds, walked through train tracks or tunnels, climbed hay bales, and jumped off bridges. Both never wanted to be in a long-distance relationship, but Jeremy said, ‘I think I’ll always wonder what could have been if we don’t at least try. I don’t want to look back on this summer as just a blissful memory with that girl I once knew.’ He then asked her to be his girlfriend, and she said yes; finally, they began to officially date each other.

Prior to this, they’d never held hands or kissed, although Audrey admitted that they had lots of ‘kissable moments’ but refrained from acting on them. He wanted to kiss her, but he had yet to admit that he was falling for her. He didn’t want the emotions brought on by physical intimacy to mess with the friendship that they had at that time. For Jeremy, Audrey was worth the wait, and he wanted a great foundation for what he believed was the love blossoming between them.


Both promised to write letters in the traditional way in the years that they would be apart, and it began on 25 August 2011, when he gave her one before he left for college. Part of his letter read, ‘I am looking forward to our next chapter, as God is on our side. I will be praying for you and for us.’ Two years later, Audrey broke up from him, as she was overwhelmed with having to deal with a health problem, as well as the pressure of school and their long-distance relationship. After the break-up, Jeremy grew closer to another woman named Kate. When he and Audrey got back together, his relationship with Kate, even if it was strictly platonic, bothered Audrey and became a big issue between them. He eventually ended his friendship with Kate.

Jeremy popped the question in March 2014, and shared the news via Instagram, writing, ‘I asked this beautiful girl to be mine, and she said yes. Drowning in grace.’ Audrey showed off her diamond ring, and expressed her joy after he proposed, when she said, ‘You’re the one I want to team up with for life. Jeremy…to say I love you is an understatement.’ Five months later, they exchanged wedding vows in a vintage-themed ceremony in front of the white chapel at the Roloffs farm. He said, ‘To begin a life with you and live out the years is what I was built to do. Audrey…finally, I make you mine.’ After their honeymoon, they moved to Los Angeles and lived there for a year, before starting their family in Bend, Oregon.

Why did the couple leave the show?

In 2018, Jeremy and Audrey announced that they would no longer be appearing in “Little People Big World.” It wasn’t a decision they made on a whim, as they had been thinking about it for some time. For Jeremy, being part of this show for 17 seasons had been amazing, but he believed that it was time for him and his wife to embark on what the Lord had called on them to do. He was grateful for all the love they received from everyone throughout their journey, and further said that they would continue to support the family as they ‘carry the LPBW torch onward.’ The network released a statement wishing the best for Jeremy’s family. In an interview in 2019, Jeremy admitted that the show was something he never really said yes to, but just grew up doing it. Not to be misunderstood, he said that he wouldn’t trade the experience for anything, but they had been ‘making TV’ for 14 years as a family business. and felt that it was time to do something else. They still did cameos, as they hung out with family or celebrated special occasions.

Fast forward to January 2022 – an Instagram story surfaced about a Question & Answer segment that Jeremy did. The reason he gave for leaving the hit TLC docuseries sparked controversy, as he said, ‘It became something I didn’t want to associate with anymore…Audrey and I had other things we wanted to do besides fabricating drama on TV.’ A fan asked Tori Roloff, Zach’s wife, about this, but she said that ‘Each individual family has to make their own decisions. It still works for our family…it needed to end for them.’


Many wondered what brought on Jeremy’s statement, and some believed it had something to do with the Roloff farm, as his father rejected his offer to buy it in 2020. Matt had once said that the farm was his legacy to his children, but when Jeremy and Zach wanted a portion of it, they couldn’t agree on the price. Amy, who already sold her share of the over 100-acre farm to Matt after their divorce, even said that the boys wouldn’t be able to afford it despite her ex-husband’s claims that he gave them a family discount. Matt admitted to being happy that the sale fell through.

Some viewers were appalled by the way Matt handled the situation with his sons and questioned the presence or the role of his girlfriend Caryn in the negotiation process. However, others defended his action as they said that it was Matt’s right to get what he could for the property, considering he reportedly spent over $2 million in renovations over recent years. In May 2022, he put a 16-acre plot of the family farm on the market for $4 million; it included the main house and the red barn.

What’s keeping Jeremy Audrey Roloff busy these days?

Beating 50 Percent

The couple launched Beating 50 Percent, a ministry focused on ‘reviving covenant marriages,’ which was a term used for a union with God at its center. They inspired couples to work on their relationships, and make them thrive. On their website, they had merchandise on sale including the marriage journal designed to help couples ‘connect, communicate, and grow in love’ by committing to write down one’s feelings once a week. They also had the 50-year anniversary journal called Memories of Us, in which one could record their love story; it was an heirloom book that could be passed down to one’s children.

Best-selling books

“A Love Letter Life: Pursue Creatively, Date Intentionally, and Love Faithfully” by Jeremy and Audrey Roloff was published in April 2019, and made it onto the New York Times bestseller list. More than 100,000 books were sold, and many were inspired by their love story. “Creative Love: 10 Ways to Build a Fun and Lasting Love” published in January 2021 was a great follow-up book, that provided practical advice on having a fulfilling relationship. Many congratulated them, but there were those who criticized the couple for giving marriage tips when they had been married for only a few years.


Starting a family

Jeremy and Audrey’s first child was born in September 2017, and they named her Ember Jean, as they spent many of their summer nights in 2011 by the campfire sharing meaningful conversations about life and dreams. They took ‘Jean’ from their favorite book, “A Severe Mercy,” which encouraged Jeremy to be patient but persistent in pursuing her. Their second child, Bode James, was born in January 2020. ‘Bode’ means “messenger,” and they wanted their son’s life to be a message of love, hope, and truth to many people. It was also a nod to Audrey’s maiden name, Botti, and James was Jeremy’s middle name. Their youngest child, Radley Knight, was born in November 2021.

They received a lot of flak for some of their parenting style. One time, Bode knocked a bag of shredded cheese off the counter, and its content spilled on the floor. They didn’t stop their son from putting cheese right off the floor into his mouth, instead of throwing them away, Jeremy put them back in the bag. They obviously saw nothing wrong with any of this, as she posted it on her Instagram, but most fans were shocked, as they found it gross.

A new home in Hillsboro

In June 2022, the couple shared via Instagram that they’d purchased a farm with a house built in 1979, for $1.5 million. The photo they posted showed that within view of their four-acre property were their favorite spots, at or near the train trestle where he asked her to be his girlfriend and his wife. The 4,414-square-foot home has four bedrooms and four bathrooms. The property also came with a detached building, measuring 1,660 square feet, and it had a garage, a shop, and a unit with a kitchenette and a full bathroom. Audrey said that they were in the process of renovating their new home. Their first house was listed at over $700,000.

Marriage trouble

Early in 2022, fans who closely followed Jeremy and Audrey via their social media accounts had begun speculating that their marriage was on the rocks, as they kept throwing shade at one another online. In February, as Audrey posted a video to promote a healthy drink, she captioned it with ‘Single parent mode powered by Olipop.’ In her Instagram story, she posted a photo of a meal that Jeremy prepared for the kids, consisting of honey sticks, yogurt, and a whole carrot. Her response to a fan commenting on using a fork on the yogurt was ‘Lol didn’t even notice that. I was so focused on the carrot.’ Some believed that it was not incompetence on Jeremy’s part, but that he did it purposely so he wouldn’t be asked to do it again.

Audrey’s birthday came and went, but Jeremy didn’t post a birthday greeting for his wife. This was a big deal for a couple who never failed to post for special moments as affirmations of love. Many would argue that he had not been posting that much of late anyway, as he had been busy doing lots of things, including renovating their home. The couple celebrated her 31st birthday riding a motor canoe, and having a picnic dinner on the river. She said that it might become a tradition for them, as they also did it on her previous birthday.

If indeed they were having trouble, it was nothing unusual, as almost all marriages have their ups and downs. Audrey said ‘We fight, struggle, cry, and face challenges just like anyone.’ Back in 2019, she opened up about how heartbreaking it was for her when there was a lot of ‘heated fellowship, morning hugs missed, and date nights postponed.’ They were exhausted and overworked in pursuing their dreams and reaching the goals they set for themselves, that they lost sight of what was most important in their lives. One evening, as they went on a drive, they found themselves near a trestle, recalled how their journey as a couple began, and they were reminded of the love that they worked hard to protect and nurture. They assessed what went wrong with their relationship, and fixed it.

Being on “Little People Big World” brought them fame, which Jeremy and Audrey capitalized on, as it was good for their business. However, it came with a price, because it also opened them up for public scrutiny. Some judged them, or said things that weren’t true about them, but they didn’t let the hatred or the bashing get to them. ‘We just encourage each other, and acknowledge that they have zero perspective,’ Jeremy said. A template for others, perhaps?

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The Untold Truth About Expedition Unknown



Although stories about previously unknown, ancient treasures and unveiled mysteries are usually seen as fictional fantasies, those same topics are exactly what makes “Expedition Unknown” so endearing. While the show takes us to the most fantastic and historically meaningful places around the world, what has really been keeping us engrossed with it for years it’s discovering the biggest secrets history has in store for us, which wouldn’t otherwise be possible.

“Expedition Unknown”s premise is very unique and so are the show’s settings, format and approach to topics. However, knowing how well produced and planned it is, it makes us wonder about things we aren’t able to see on-screen.

For this we have prepared a list of the less known facts about the show, including interesting bits about its host Josh Gates, his crew and what they’ve discovered so far. This is the unknown truth about “Expedition Unknown“.

Josh Has An Impressive Career

Just in case you have missed it, Josh Gates has an impressive career both in and outside the entertainment industry. A native of Massachusetts and born into a British-American family, Josh graduated from Tufts University with a degree in Archeology and Drama.

Although the fields are an uncommon combination, his professional background has allowed him to incorporate both. His debut on TV happened back in 2002, when he made short appearances in the ESPN’s game show “Beg, Borrow & Deal” and other TV productions. His big time finally came in 2007 with “Ghost Hunters” and “Destination Truth”, which became Syfy’s most watched show for a while.

While his career as an actor is less well-known, it’s not non-existent either, having played roles in low-budget movies such as “Party Foul” in 2003, and “Hard Cell” in 2007.


Josh has also been involved with the production of many of the series he’s hosted, including “Stranded” and “Legendary Locations”.

Though Josh’s background as an archaeologist has allowed him to develop the proper experience to be his show’s investigator, his involvement with paranormal-related and myth-hunter shows make him a very multi-faceted TV personality as well.

Filming Takes A Long Time

As expected, when it comes to a show so well planned and shot on location like “Expedition Unknown” is, filming could take unexpectedly long periods of hard work.

As it happens, in “Expedition Unknown” we’re used to seeing Josh and his experts travel around the world. Though that would be genuinely enjoyable for almost everyone, transporting the camera crew and production staff to those places usually takes weeks or even months of preparation, besides the normal time filming takes.

All in all, it’s said that to produce every season of “Expedition Unknown”, the crew take 200 days a year, out of which hundreds of hours are spent in airplanes and other transport, as Josh affirms.

The Most Dangerous Place

For those who are used to seeing Josh Gates shenanigans in the show, it’s hard to think of naming only one place as the most life-endangering.

However, Josh’s closest call was definitely in Myanmar. It happened back in 2015, when he and his crew were filming the episode “Curse Of The Golden Bell” in the search for an ancient and lost artifact which took him to the depths of the Yangon River. While Josh is a professional scuba diver, he didn’t consider the difficulties that entailed swimming in such muddy waters.

The lack of visibility caused by the heavy pollution and strong currents made his mission to find King Dhammazedi’s Great Bell impossible.

As he affirms, diving there was like ‘working with a blindfold on, feeling around underwater’ and despite his initial enthusiasm, the conditions were not only just too dangerous, but actually the worst he’d ever experienced.

All in all, desisting from it was a good idea, especially considering how many people have actually died in the Yangon River while looking for the Great Bell.

Unexpected News While Filming

It’s nothing out of the normal for TV casts to be in contact with their families while filming, especially for shows like “Expedition Unknown”, in which the crews have to spend long periods traveling and away from their loved ones.

As it comes, Josh Gates was given one of the best news items of his life while filming the show. It was back in season two, when Josh and his crew were in Portugal filming the episode “Secrets of Christopher Columbus”, as he was phoned by his wife to tell him they were having a baby.


The exact moment in which an overly excited and emotional Josh informs people around him that he was going to become a dad for the first time, was filmed and included in the episode.

Later in season four, again while on the road with the “Expedition Unknown”s crew, Josh was informed that he was going to become a father for a second time; he wasn’t filmed, we can clearly imagine his reaction.

Humor Doesn’t Always Go As It Should

Despite being an investigation-centered show, “Expedition Unknown” always has a little touch of humor to make everything lighter.

However, despite how entertaining and light-hearted Josh Gates’ jokes are to us, he affirms that being funny isn’t his strongest skill. According to him, his attempt at humor ‘falls flat all the time’, but it’s admittedly his way of not only keeping the audience’s attention, but to make the work environment easier to endure during situations hard to deal with.

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Despite the extensive planning the show’s staff does, things in “Expedition Unknown” don’t always go as they should while filming, so joking and trying to lift everyone’s spirits on set is considered important in Josh’s perspective. That positive approach is probably appreciated by his fellow co-workers, and the audience surely enjoys seeing  and hearing it.

Food Is Not Always Safe To Consume

For a show such as “Expedition Unknown”, unexpected problems related to environmental factors occur quite often. As is obvious, the crew usually deals with problems just fine, but there are times in which things get so out of hand that it could endanger the cast’s wellbeing.

The latter situation happened during the fourth season, when the crew was in Ecuador filming “Hunt for the Metal Library”, and had to spend a long time enclosed in a cave. While the crew was prepared beforehand to successfully face the conditions of said environment, having to eat in a place where there were many animals had its consequences.

This resulted in three members of the show’s crew falling sick for consuming bat’s excrement that somehow had fallen on their food. While their health’s condition didn’t worsen and their sickness was actually not as serious as it sounds, it’s enough to give us an idea of how far the show goes to keep the cameras rolling.

Josh Married A Co-Star

As should be obvious, Josh Gates’ work schedule has been very hectic since he made his TV debut. Knowing he spends a significant part of his life on set, it’s understandable that he ended up meeting his significant other half there as well.

As it happened, Josh and his then wife-to-be Hallie Gnatovich met on the set of his formerly-hosted show “Destination Truth”, for which she worked as an off-camera researcher. Though details about their relationship are unknown, in 2014 they tied the knot, and have since welcomed two children together.


Despite Josh’s celebrity status, he and Hallie have carefully kept their children’s privacy, by not revealing their names or faces to the public. Regardless of their choice maintaining their private, their relationship always looked blissful from the outside, that is until Hallie announced in August 2021 that she and Josh had been separated for ‘a year and half’. In her words, their divorce had been officialized just a couple of months before, and both of them were still trying to figure out their shared parenthood and separate lives.

Josh Gates Famous Necklace

One never gets surprised enough when it comes to celebrities and things their fans do for them. Although Josh Gates’ personality is pretty much on the humble and chill side, some of the weirdest aspects of being famous is the fact that his necklace, which he usually wears in the show, has become quite popular as well.

If you don’t believe us, you only have to look up “Josh Gates Necklace” on Facebook, and see it for yourself. As it turns out, the page is very active and usually updates “Expedition Unknown” fans on Josh’s shenanigans.

While the aforementioned accessory has been described as ‘not magical’ by Josh, seeing that its page has over 3,000 fans and keeps growing, it makes us question if his words are actually untrue.

How Topics Are Selected

Seeing that “Expedition Unknown”s main premise is that of pursuing and unveiling ancient mysteries, it’s only expected that a lot of research takes place prior to letting its crew adventure into often unknown territory.

There are certain aspects which play a big role while choosing what and where the show’s crew is going to explore. While every myth could be interesting enough to be considered, what catches the show’s research team’s attention is if the stories indeed have substance, or as Josh describes it, if they have ‘meat on the bone’.

With the help of international archaeologists and experts in other fields, Josh and his crew follow the leads that actually lead to something instead of simply being completely unproven.

Besides the obvious pre-research that they go through, logistics and resources are factors not to be left aside. However, according to Josh, he and the show’s crew go on their adventures without knowing a great deal about what is going to happen in the end, which obviously makes the whole deal more interesting for both them and the audience.

What Josh Has To Say About William Shatner

Throughout the years, “Expedition Unknown” has surely given us many memorable moments. Out of those, one of the most interesting was shown in the series’ spin-off, “Shark Trek”, featuring William Shatner.


Of course, this sort of tribute to “Star Trek” was unexpected considering the show’s usual concept. Despite that, the challenges encountered by Josh Gates’ crew along the way turned out as an extraordinary experience for everyone.

However, if there’s something that stuck in our heads it was how easily William adapted to the show. It wasn’t only us who noticed it though, as Josh admitted himself that besides being an amazing co-star, William’s genuine interest made everything more enjoyable.

According to Josh, what made William’s a memorable partner was definitely his willingness to ‘tackle and understand’ his fear, in order to ultimately conquer it. Those are qualities which surely an expedition expert such as Josh appreciates a lot, and will make us remember the special show with a smile for a long time.

The Reason They Went On Exploring Sharks

As entertaining as “Expedition Unknown: Shark Trek’ was, at first many people were surprised to find that the series would continue exploring sharks, which was an admittedly unusual topic for a series mostly focused on uncovering other types of mysteries.

While the reaction is understandable, there were actually good reasons for this objective. As Josh explained, more than just going on a trip looking for sharks, his main focus was to explore human’s fearful attitude towards the unknown. In his words, the common fear towards these animals is partially caused by the media’s influence, films such as “Jaws”, and prejudices based on their appearance. However, by examining these sea creatures, Josh wanted to not only understand them, but to debunk the many misconceptions surrounding the species.

Needless to say, Josh’s intentions with the show are well appreciated by the audience, and surely by environmentalists as well.

The Reason It Has Many Spin-Offs

“Expedition Unknown” has spawned several spin-off mini-series over the years, including titles such as “Hunt For The Yeti” and “Egypt Live”, which makes us feel happy to see it becoming a successful franchise.

However, while these aforementioned series were meant to show specific expeditions made by the crew in a deeper way, for the last couple of years, long-running spin-offs “Josh Gates Tonight” and “Expedition X” have also been released.

The reasoning behind creating these series in this new format, is a matter of adapting to the several regulations related to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has made it difficult to produce “Expedition Unknown” in the same way we were used to.

Traveling and filming is also a big concern for the show’s production team for the same reason, but they’ve at least continued to produce content for the franchise until the situation improves. That’s a relief for fans, who still wait for “Expedition Unknown”s return to TV screens as it was previously.

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What happened to Christie Brimberry from Gas Monkey Garage?



For a time, fans of the reality-television series called “Fast N’Loud” were worried that one of its stars, Christie Brimberry, wouldn’t appear again in their favorite automotive restoration TV show. Due to health issues, she couldn’t perform her duties as the office manager of Richard Rawling’s Gas Monkey Garage, which was the focal point of the reality-TV series. She took a break from managing the business in 2016 to focus on getting healthy, with the blessing of everyone in the shop. Loyal fans were relieved when she was seen again in the 15th season of one of the most-watched car shows on Discovery Channel.

Christie’s Early Life and Family

Not much information about her family and early life was revealed to the public. All that was known about her was that she was born on 25 March 1972, in Dallas, Texas, because Christie was very careful about what she shared in her social media accounts and during interviews.

On her social media pages, she was proud to post that she had a good relationship with her parents, most especially her mother who passed away in 2015. She also shared some rare photos with her sister, and said that she was her ‘ride or die until the tires fall off’.

Christie has been married for many years to Darren Brimberry, a professional hairstylist with a hair salon in Dallas. She has six children, and some featured in her Instagram account, although some fans wondered why she has children of Afro-American descent. A fan complimented her for adopting them, but another said that she didn’t adopt any of them, but without offering any other information; much speculation formed but she never addressed the isue. Some of her children have graduated from college, and some are already married. When she posted a tribute to her mother during Mother’s Day in 2020, she mentioned that her old lady was about to be a great-grandmother soon.


From Gas Monkey Garage to “Fast N’Loud” reality-TV

The Gas Monkey Garage is a Dallas-based custom auto shop founded by Richard Rawlings. After seeing automotive shows on TV, he realized that there was a chunk of the untapped market that those TV shows hadn’t taken advantage of – he noticed that his wife and kids wouldn’t stay and watch an auto show with him. The businessman in him knew that he needed to have a garage first to get to that point of creating a TV show. It was like hitting two birds with one stone, since his passion was automotive restoration and customization, so he sold his printing and advertising business to open up a garage in Dallas. Christie was hired through her husband, Darren, who was Richard’s hairstylist.

For many years, he had been pitching the TV show concept to Discovery Channel, until the cable executives eventually accepted the idea and “Fast N’Loud,” was born.

Unlike other automotive shows on TV with overwhelming machismo, Richard toned it down and made it appealing to women and kids without turning off the male viewers. The premise of the TV series was that he would look for worn-down classic or vintage cars all over the country, and purchase them for his team to restore them at the garage. After the fabrication and restoration process, Richard would sell the vehicle at a higher price, creating a significant profit for the business.

All through this, Christie was responsible for assisting Richard in dealing with all the chaos and drama involving the various people in the team – even shouting at her boss – to make sure everyone stayed on course so that they could meet the deadline. The first episode aired in June 2012 and the final episode in June 2020, all in all 155 episodes over the course of 16 seasons, produced by Pilgrim Studios for Discovery Channel.

Meet Christie’s Co-Workers at Gas Monkey Garage

It might be Richard Rawlings who owned the garage, but it was his team of experienced professionals who were responsible for the actual restoration and customization of each car. He had the final say on the overall plan, such as choosing the car to be restored, the schedule, and approval of the budget for the proposed project, while Richard’s sister, Daphne Kaminski, worked as the Head of Operations.

The main mechanic and chief fabricator, Aaron Kaufman, was there almost from the start until he left the garage to open up his own fabrication shop in 2018, and subsequently starred in his own TV show also aired on Discovery Channel. He was with Richard for 14 years, but they maintained a friendship afterwards, as Richard respected him not only as a fabricator but also as a person. Christie even promoted and congratulated Aaron when he finally launched his own online shop.


The rest of the team was comprised of Tony Cano, Mike Coy, and Kennan Hons (Paint and Body Tech Team), Chad Isbell (Automotive Parts Expert), Russell Holmes (Mechanic), J. Cheatham and J. Freeman (Fabricators), Jon Rodriguez (Wiring Expert), and Jason Aker (Firebird expert),

The Real Reason Why Christie Left Gas Monkey Garage in 2016

Ignoring potential health problems was one of the reasons why Christie had to leave Gas Monkey Garage abruptly and indefinitely. It was revealed that back in October 2016, she went through life-threatening surgery to remove a cancerous lymph node from her thyroid. Initially, she didn’t want to share her experience with the public, as she was a very private person. However, she eventually thought it best to educate people about the importance of getting a medical examination when one’s body didn’t feel right.

Apparently, before August 2016 ended, she felt something like a small knot in her throat, but ignored it, thinking that it just had something to do with her Hashimoto condition, a disease that attacks the thyroid and creates nodules in the throat. When it became annoying and felt like having a finger shoved down her throat, Christie had it examined; she had an ultrasound, and when the doctor saw the size of the nodule, a biopsy followed. Somehow she knew deep inside that it could be something worse and dangerous, and 12 days later, her suspicions were confirmed. She had thyroid cancer and the only good thing about it was the doctor saying that it had only affected one lymph node, but it had to be treated right away because it was aggressive.

Christie was assured by her doctor that it would be an easy surgery, that the removal of the thyroid and the cancerous lymph node was done in one day, however, when they operated on her, it was discovered that cancer had spread and a cluster of lymph nodes was removed.

The doctor also had to remove a part of her trachea because it was affected as well. Unfortunately, during the process of removing all of it, the nerve in her voice box was cut, which resulted in her having no voice at all, and she was informed that the condition could last for about six months or so. Christie also had chemotherapy to help fully remove the cancerous cells from her body.

In November 2016, the tube that was inserted in her throat and the stitches were removed, however, the doctor identified that the left side of her voice box was still paralyzed, which made talking and swallowing difficult. Instead of the initial prognosis of six months, the doctor said it would take around eight months to a year before she regained her voice.

Christie went back for a follow-up after a month, and there was an improvement. She got her voice tone back, but she lost a lot of volume.


She was advised to stop taking her thyroid medication so that she could receive Radioactive Iodine treatment; this created an imbalance in her thyroid hormones, that left her emotionally drained, such that she would cry often, and had little control over her emotions. Being on a low iodine diet, which meant no bread, no dairy and no commercially processed food, made it even more unbearable.

However, after a year of non-stop treatment and a disciplined lifestyle, Christie was declared cancer-free by her doctor in December 2017. She posted on her official Facebook page, ‘I went through the last of my treatment last week, and had my one-year bone scan on Friday! The results came back today and I am CANCER FREE!!!’

Back on Gas Monkey Garage and “Fast N’Loud”

While Christie was never fired from Gas Monkey Garage, as Richard was very supportive of her, she wasn’t physically able to join the rest of the cast of “Fast N’Loud.”

She totally regretted that she wasn’t part of the filming of the Mannequin Challenge that Richard and the rest of the team did in December 2016, however, she made sure to be active on her social media platforms Instagram and Facebook to help promote the TV show. There was even a time when she went live while an episode was being aired, just to stay connected with the fans.

When the doctors cleared her to return to work, she was welcomed back in the garage. On 13 June 2018, Richard posted on his official Facebook page, a photo of him sitting behind his desk in his office at Gas Monkey Garage with Christie looking on while pointing out something on a ledger. It was business as usual, and he captioned it with ‘Working hard and havin’ fun’, while Christie posted the same photo with the caption, ‘I love my job.’ Fans were able to see her once again in the last two seasons of their reality-TV series.

Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end. Loyal fans were shocked that Richard announced during a guest appearance in the podcast, “The Joe Rogan Experience,” in December 2020, that the 16th season that was aired earlier that year was the last from his team. He didn’t renew his contract with Discovery Channel, saying that it had run its course. However, he assured the fans that he had many plans for Gas Monkey Garage on other media platforms.

True enough, Gas Monkey Garage has been continuously uploading videos on their official YouTube channel, which has over 800,000 subscribers. They also created a podcast called “Monkey Trap with Richard Rawlings”, with their Facebook page having close to five million followers. Recently, the Gas Monkey Garage online merchandise shop launched Richard Rawling’s Car Sweepstakes, in which anyone who purchased $1 worth of merchandise automatically received a raffle ticket for the vehicle giveaway. For instance, a $35-trucker hat would mean 35 raffle entries into the giveaway contest.

A federal-regulated sweepstakes agency was tasked to draw the winner each time the giveaway countdown ends.

Christie Brimberry net worth and financial difficulties

According to authoritative sources, Christie has an estimated net worth of $2 million, some earned from her participation in the reality-TV series and her involvement with the Gas Monkey Garage business. This assess thatment must be true before her battle with cancer, because in some of her social media posts, she shared that she had a hard time paying for the medical bills she incurred for her cancer treatment, saying the insurance coverage that she had wasn’t large enough to cover all the expenses. To alleviate some of the expenses, she marketed events and brands through paid sponsorship on her social media accounts, and was even accused of being a sellout through the comments she received. One time, she was fed up with them that she told everyone that it was her way of surviving, and if they didn’t approve, they could unfollow.


When “Fast N’Loud” ended its run, fans were worried that Christie lost another source of income. After a while, she announced that she’d opened up an account in While some of her fans were apprehensive about this, the move no longer surprised them and they suspected it was to be used for a secondary source of revenue. Most of the celebrities and regular folks joined this web content subscription service, so that they could earn money from subscribers. It was one of those social media platforms that allowed content creators to receive funding from their fans for exclusive pay-per-view photos or videos. It actually created an uproar over the Internet, as most of the content offered consisted of sexually explicit videos and photos.

When Christie posted a teaser showing a photo of her wearing an unbuttoned shirt revealing her cleavage down to her tummy, the fans expected racy content from her.

However, she clarified many rumors that went around after her OnlyFans announcement, debunking what most of the fans thought was her reason for joining, saying that it wasn’t for financial reasons because she wasn’t broke. She also said that she wasn’t getting a divorce, that the OnlyFans idea came from her husband. Christie said she was just happy and that the timing was perfect as she was in a place where she’s most comfortable with her skin. Not everyone believed her because of her previous posts about her problems with finances due to her surgery and all that came with it. For $24, a subscriber could access the 165 digital media she posted about herself for three months on her OnlyFans account, however, the controversial crowd-sourcing site announced that it would prohibit account users from uploading explicit images and videos, as of October 2021.

Her profile on her official OnlyFans account showed ‘I used to be that girl from that show but now I’m the girl from that website! No porn, I’m not a porn star.’ However, her sexy photos in which her nipples were in full view were leaked to the public, even if there was a warning on her page that said, ‘Any images/videos re-uploaded elsewhere online will be sent a DMCA from my lawyer, and legal ramifications will be enforced.’ Some of her subscribers said it was like Christie posted for racy magazines such as Playboy or Penthouse.

“Fast N’Loud” fans were wondering if she’s still connected with Gas Monkey Garage, because based on her Instagram and Facebook accounts, she hasn’t posted anything about them in 2021. The pandemic caused by the Covid-19 virus has surely created problems for all types of businesses all over the world, and it would not be impossible at all if the auto shop undertook some reorganization of its staff and crew.

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