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Where are stars of “Ax Men” today?



Reality TV surely took an unexpected turn during the last decade with shows such as “Ax Men”. Though it’s not easy to explain why people loved seeing series with that common-men-in-danger concept so much, since “Ax Men” premiered in 2008 on the History channel, it’s kept a privileged place on the network’s programming schedule, due to its impressive ratings.

It’s an acknowledged fact that audiences like to see average people going through outrageous situations on TV, but the success of “Ax Men” could also be faulted, in how thrilling it is to see an activity such as logging, which is often regarded as clunky and not interesting at all, taking a big media spotlight.

Nonetheless, the show’s sudden cancellation in 2016 left its fans wondering what caused it, and if it’ll ever return. So whatever happened to “Ax Men” and what’s its cast up to today? Stay with us to know all!

What Happened To The Show?

Unfortunately, there’s no clear explanation as for why “Ax Men” was cancelled after nine seasons on air. However, while many people theorize it was due to low ratings, which admittedly dropped during the last two seasons, another part of the audience guesses that the reason is far more sad and terrible.

It’s important to know that prior to the cancellation of “Ax Men”, the series was hit with the unfortunate death of some of its cast members. The first logger from the show to die was Jimmy Smith in 2012, followed by William Bart Colantuono the following year, probably making the situation too sad to continue.

Tragically enough, the one in charge of delivering the news of the definitive end of “Ax Men” was Gabe Rygaard in May 2016, just a couple of months prior to his own death in a car accident in Washington.


“Ax Men” was revived with a tenth season later in 2019, meant to explore the lives of some of the crews showcased in the original show’s airing. The season contained 10 episodes and finished airing in September that year. Since then, no further news of a renewal has been released, leading many people to think that the series’ reboot was probably a one-time thing.

Where Are The Crews Today?

J.M. Browning Logging

Based in Astoria, Oregon, the company J.M. Browning Logging debuted in the first season “Ax Men” and stayed in it until the fourth. The business was owned by Jay Browning, who had been in the logging industry since the early 1970s, eventually funding the company in 1985 to offer services of tree transportation, trucking and construction.

Although the company has no presence on social media, and their website has very scarce information, it’s assumed they’re still active in the business. In 2018, Jay was awarded the Operator of the Year for the Northwest Oregon Area, a recognition for his company’s efforts while harvesting timber, ‘to protect natural resources at a level that goes above and beyond requirements of the Oregon Forest Practices Act’.

Gustafson Logging

Although they debuted in the series premiere of “Ax Men”, Gustafson Logging only stayed in the show for one season.

Nonetheless, Clay, Mark and Wade are surely well remembered by dedicated viewers, though the experience of appearing on TV wasn’t very positive for the family.

As Mark admitted in a 2019 interview, the Gustafson’s motivation to join the series was to show the world what their job was about, though in his words: ‘it became obvious that Hollywood’s intent was a little different than what we were hoping’, sealing their short-lived career in the entertainment world in a bittersweet tone.

The latest update on Gustafson Logging’s activities was in November 2020, when Chad Gustafson was featured in the magazine Timber West, affirming that the business was co-owned by him and his father Mark. However, the company’s status online is marked as ‘permanently closed’ nowadays, making it unclear if they’re still active.

Pihl Logging

Owned by Mike Pihl, the Pihl Logging business became one of the most remembered crews in “Ax Men”, but not necessarily for positive reasons. While Dustin Pihl and Dwayne Dethlefs’ brief presence in the show might not be well remembered by the audience, in 2009 Mike gave people a lot to talk about when he was charged with third degree assault after flipping his Jeep and injuring his children. Though it was an accident, Mike was driving while under the influence.

Now with that incident left a long way behind, Mike actually made his comeback to TV after several years of absence, during the “Ax Men” revival in 2019. Meanwhile, Pihl Logging is still up and running, as seen on their social media.

Rygaard Logging

Although Rygaard Logging wasn’t in “Ax Men” from the start, the company’s presence in the show is well remembered by the audience for being the longest of all the crews.


As seen in the show, the business’ founder Craig Rygaard kept their operations controlled until he stepped down in 2013, leaving it in the hands of his son Gabe, whose time as the company’s head was unfortunately short-lived. In 2016, Gabe was killed in a car accident involving two other automobiles, though he was the only one fatally injured. At the time of his passing, Gabe was only 45 years old, and the father of three kids.

As seen in the 2019’s “Ax Men” revival, nowadays Rygaard Logging is still active, headed by Gabe’s brother Jason.

S&S Aqua Logging

Present in “Ax Men” from the second to sixth seasons, S&S Aqua Logging was managed by Jimmy Smith and his son James, but unfortunate events marked their journey in the show on a negative note.

In 2009 the Department of Natural Resources of Washington seized dozens of logs valued at $10,000 from S&S Aqua Logging.

The materials were apparently obtained from the Hoquiam River, an activity for which the company lacked permits, in addition to the potential ecosystem damage that salvaging those logs entailed.

It’s unclear how the case ended up, but seeing that prosecutors were looking to charge the Smiths with first-degree theft, and wanted monetary compensation for the logs in question, things weren’t looking good for S&S Aqua back then.

Unfortunately, Jimmy Smith died in 2012 of Cancer; as of 2021, the business is apparently inactive.

Swamp Man Logging

After their debut in the third season of “Ax Men”, Swamp Man Logging stayed in the series until its cancellation in 2016. The company’s name is a direct recall to the New Orleans’ swamps, where Shelby Stanga’s home is.

The company’s usual activities included the recovery of logs from water conduits and similar, though what usually made it special was Shelby’s varied companionships while doing so.

However, Shelby’s appearances in the show were somewhat shadowed by strong death rumors which arose following an injury he suffered in the show. Fortunately, he got out of it safely and alive, but “Ax Men” received a huge backlash from viewers for apparently staging scenes that made it look as if Shelby had passed away during the incident.

Despite the fact that their social media accounts are not very active, Swamp Man Logging is apparently still active nowadays. However, they weren’t included in the “Ax Men” revival in 2019.

Lemare Lake Logging

Although they only appeared in the fourth and sixth “Ax Men” seasons, Lemare Lake Logging is well remembered for its owner Eric Dutcyvich’s straight to the point personality.

While Lemare Lake Logging hasn’t been on TV since 2013, the company is still doing well in 2021.


According to a 2019 interview related to a forestry strike in Canada, Eric’s business was ‘the largest forestry-services provider on the North Island’ at the time. However, according to local papers, in recent years Lemare has often failed to provide local government authorities with clear reports on their operations, something which obviously arose suspicions towards the company.

Today, Lemare Lake Logging has been active for 35 years and has over 400 employees.

Papac Alaska Logging

This company fronted by Mike Papac is evidently one of the most well-remembered of “Ax Men”, appearing in it for six seasons. Besides the fact that Mike founded his own company to maintain the tradition of his logger father in Washington, his easy-going personality and enviable experience made him one of the most unforgettable cast members in the show.

As far as is known, everything is going well for both Papac Alaska and Mike, who hasn’t retired from the business yet, even after decades: ‘I’m getting older, but I don’t figure I’ll be quitting any time soon’, he said in an interview with the Equipment Journal in 2020.

Big Gun Logging

Unlike other crews in the show, Big Gun Logging was still relatively new by the time they debuted in “Ax Men” during its fifth season. However, Big Gun’s owner, Levi Brown wasn’t new to the industry, given that he was a former employee of Mile Pihl, who actually helped him out during the company’s early days by contracting their services.

Although not a lot is known about Levi Brown and whatever he’s doing nowadays, Big Gun Logging is still in business.

Dreadknots Logging

The Dreadknots Logging crew appeared in the series for only three seasons, but they arguably had some of the best-known faces in the show. Headed by Clint Roberts, the team formed by Dave Stone and Chris Miller usually searched for logs on the water.

In later seasons, new member Katelyn Sims took Miller’s place in the crew, soon becoming a fan favorite. However, the fact that she was introduced in “Ax Men” as Stone’s cousin was strongly criticized, given that they were totally unrelated.

It’s unclear what happened to Dreadknots Logging, though. After the end of “Ax Men”, the company’s social media hinted that they’d joined the gold digging business, but seeing that they haven’t updated their Facebook page in years, and their website is unresponsive, it’s not far-fetched to think they’re not active anymore.

Ax Cut Lumber

As with any other family company, the Ax Cut Lumber company was quite passionate about becoming big. Headed by Donald and Ronald Jones, these twins brothers’ dreams of dominating the Louisiana’s Pearl River’s waters was indeed admirable, even if they only appeared in one season of the show.


It’s assumed that Ax Cut Lumber is still active, though their presence on social media is scarce.

Chapman Logging

Though they appeared in “Ax Men” for three seasons, Greg Chapman and his logging company’s several years in the industry was deserving of praise. By the time they debuted in the show’s seventh season, Chapman Logging already had 15 years of experience and counting, in recovering logs from Florida’s waterways.

With Greg heading the team, the Chapman Logging crew was quite consistent with members such as Leslie Jeter, Roger Gunter and Patrick Swilley.

Though Chapman Logging’s social media accounts are not very active, the company’s data on online directories report they make on average $98,307 on sales per year, meaning it’s going well for them in that regard.

On the other hand, Greg’s Facebook lets us see that he’s still working in logging, but the company’s LinkedIn’s profile lists Chip Chapman as the current owner. For their part, Jeter and Gunter maintain a low profile online.

Kelly Oakes & Sons Logging

Kelly Oakes’ logging company was everything one would expect from a young family business. Although Kelly was definitely easy-going aside of his apparent rivalry with the Rygaards, his young sons Josh and Jacob were quite a handful on their own.

Though Kelly and sons were only in “Ax Men” for the seventh season, the experience turned out bittersweet. As Kelly asserted during an interview with Forks Forum in 2016, his disagreements with Rygaard Logging were troublesome for him, even causing people to send him death threats at one point, something he considered unnecessary given the show’s nature: ‘people think that stuff was real’.

Despite the hate he received for it, Kelly admitted having enjoyed being in the show, an opinion his sons don’t agree with. Nowadays, it’s not clear what happened to Kelly Oakes & Sons Logging, as they don’t have any active page or social media.

Will The Show Come Back?

Though “Ax Men” maintained undeniable success for years, the truth is that the possibilities of it coming back are low. As it happens, “Ax Men” and other History channel reality shows such as “Ice Road Truckers”, were meant to attract a certain audience who were interested in seeing ‘real-men-in-real-danger’, as the Los Angeles Times defined them.

While this trend had its peak in the last decade, the fact that most shows with this format have been cancelled is the strongest proof that their time has definitely passed. Nonetheless, a lot of people would be more than happy if “Ax Men” ever returns as a long-run series, but only time will tell if that’ll ever happen.

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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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