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Who are still together from “Married at First Sight”?

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The concept of an arranged marriage might be an outdated concept for many, but it is still being practiced in some cultures. When “Married at First Sight” premiered on 8 July 2014 on FYI, the American cable channel owned by A&E Networks, people were intrigued, and the interest hasn’t waned over the years. The reality television series featured single people who agreed to be matched by a panel of experts based on science. Complete strangers would marry, and then decide after several weeks if they wanted to stay married or to divorce. Viewers couldn’t help but wonder if the couples in the show stayed together for long, after the cameras stopped filming.

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All marriages require a leap of faith, but to marry someone the first time one laid eyes on the person was perhaps taking it a bit too far. In “Marriage at First Sight,” the bride and groom met for the first time as she walked down the aisle, metaphorically or literally,  and the groom waited, with their families and friends witnessing the moment.

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They didn’t know anything about each other, except for the ring size. The idea might sound insane, but thousands applied to be part of the show – whether they wanted to find true love, or just become famous, or even infamous, is anybody’s guess.

Some had applied, while others were scouted in mixers, bars and from dating sites by the casting team. Not just anyone could become a groom or bride, as the selection process was quite intense. Applicants had to fill out a questionnaire that would go through all details of their lives, including past relationships.

Potential participants were interviewed and invited to what the producers called gender-specific ‘workshops’ in which they learned what the show was all about, and what would be required of them to qualify. The executive producer, Chris Coelen, helped run this with experts such as Dr. Logan Levkoff, clinical psychologist Dr. Joseph Cilona, spiritual advisor Greg Epstein, and sociologist Dr. Pepper Schwartz, sexologist. Of note, except for the latter, the only female on the panel, the experts were replaced after season three.

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Those participants who wished to proceed were further whittled down after extensive background checks, and psychological evaluations were done.

According to the executive producer, the initial casting process took about six months, and the final casting process was done within four to six weeks. Experts played matchmakers based on the data collected, but they had to admit that there were no guarantees as it was not an exact science. The couples might look good on paper, but there was no telling how they would react in reality, and in front of the camera. The producers deemed the show as some kind of a social experiment.

The union was legally binding, and the couple would spend their wedding night together, although of course it was up to them if they wanted to consummate their marriage or not. It was followed by a honeymoon, and then moving in together so they could live as husband and wife. After five to eight weeks, they had to decide if they wanted to spend the rest of their lives together, or go their separate ways. Turning to family or friends for sound advice or as a sounding board could be of immense help to the couple.

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Throughout their journey, the experts were there to help, especially when it comes to resolving the issues that came up.

For their protection, the grooms and brides signed a prenuptial agreement should things not work out between them, meaning that they walked out of their marriages with whatever they brought into it. The cost of divorce, however, wasn’t entirely paid for by the producers of the show – executive producer Coelen said they would help cover the cost of the attorney, but it was nominal, and only within a certain period of time.

The TV series was based on a show in Denmark entitled “Gift ved første blik,” which premiered in 2013.

Couples who are still together

Many couples chose to stay together come decision day, but some eventually divorced. Here are some of those who continued to make their marriages work, and stood the test of time.

First success story – Jamie and Doug (Season one)

Jamie Otis, a 27-year-old registered nurse, and Doug Hehner, a 31-year-old software salesman, were matched for having similar personalities and for sharing core values. On their wedding day, she was scared as she walked down the aisle, thinking she had made the worst decision of her life, while Doug was clearly smitten as he couldn’t take his eyes off her. The word ‘honeymoon’ freaked her out, so they agreed to call it a vacation. He grew on her, as she realized that he had everything she wanted in a guy, and that they had so much in common.

Much later, Jamie talked to her sister about Doug lying to her about not smoking, which she said was just a silly thing, but it caused her to have misgivings about staying with him. She said, ‘they would start off with a lie, and then before you know it, they’re cheating and then they’re beating you, and then they’re leaving you.’ However, her sister dissuaded her of that notion. The couple worked things out, and were able to move forward. Doug had a talk with his parents whose successful marriage he wanted to emulate, and they believed that Jamie was good for him.

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As the couple compared their wedding and ‘monthsary’ photos, it was clear how far they had come from being awkward to being comfortable around each other; Doug started with not being able to touch her waist, to feeling like he couldn’t put his arm around her enough. Initially, Jamie wasn’t attracted to Doug, but he had been very patient with her. The sexologist said Jamie had to understand that they picked Doug for her for a reason, and ‘just because someone doesn’t match the expectations that you have in your head, it doesn’t mean it’s not right.’

Their marriage wasn’t consummated throughout the experimental period, as Jamie wasn’t ready to have sex, and he didn’t want to pressure her into it. However, they had come to a point at which there was real affection and attraction between them. In the end, they chose to stay married even if they weren’t yet in love. He said, ‘My feelings have grown each day. I can’t think past this experiment without her in my life.’ She said, ‘I hope that we can fall in love, stay married, have babies and that perfect little family.’

Jamie finally found the right guy for her after failing to do that when she joined the 16th season of “The Bachelor” in 2012, and the third season of “Bachelor Pad” that same year. The success of the FYI TV series spawned the spin-offs “Married at First Sight: The First Year”, and “Married Life,” which chronicled the daily lives of the couple, as well as “Jamie and Doug Plus One,” as they became parents.

Sometime after the hit show, they renewed their wedding vows. They have two children, Henley Grace born in 2017, and Hendrix Douglas born in 2020. Building a family of four didn’t come easily, as Jamie had two miscarriages, one at 17 weeks gestation in 2016 and one at 10 weeks in 2018. In 2020, she suffered from postpartum depression and it affected their marriage as she revealed not wanting to have sex.

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Jamie said that it wasn’t because she didn’t love her husband or wasn’t attracted to him, but because she’s not attracted to herself. ‘I don’t feel sexy, I don’t feel hot. I’m anxious, I’m insecure,’ she said. She was grateful to Doug who didn’t give up on her. Working on their relationship meant simplifying their lives, so they moved into an RV.

Ashley and Anthony (Season Five)

Ashley Petta, a 30-year-old manager of her family’s bar and grill, thought that at her age she would already have a couple of kids, but no such luck. Her biggest fear was never finding the right person for her; marrying a stranger might be scary, but it could also be worth it, as the best-case scenario would be finding the love of her life and living happily ever after. Anthony D’Amico, a 33-year-old marketing executive, was tired of the dating scene, and wanted to start a family and be a young dad.

They were both excited to hear that the experts found a match for them – the basis was that since they both came from a big Italian family, it would provide them with a good starting point.

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On their wedding day, he gave her candied almonds for good luck, while she gave him a couple of football tickets. They allowed themselves to fall in love during their time together, but never actually told each other that, and it created tension, particularly around the time when decision day was just around the corner.

She was quick to decide, and although it’s not always the right one, she saw no point in delaying things. He wanted to think things through and not be rushed into doing anything before he was ready. Fortunately, their differences didn’t negatively affect how they felt toward each other, and on decision day, they professed their love and chose to stay together. They have been living happily together, now with their kids Mila Rose born in January 2019, and Vaeda Marie born in February 2021.

Shawniece And Jephte (Season Six)

A 29-year-old cosmetologist Shawniece Jackson married Jephte Pierre, a 26-year-old 2nd grade school teacher. They were matched as were both the eldest child from a big family, so it would be easier for them to understand one another.

Both wanted to find someone they could lean on. He said he couldn’t be happier when he saw her, as she looked amazing and had a great smile, while she’s also glad that he’s handsome and had a babyface. Shawniece with her goofy side helped him warm up to her – although he was physically attracted to her, he was shy about showing affection during their first photoshoot and wedding reception, especially since his mother was there.

She said that each day brought her closer to her husband, but sometimes felt that he closed her out, and this was making her feel that she wasn’t worth it. Although the whole experience made him open up a little more, it also made him think that he’s unsuited to be a husband. He felt that they had sex when he wasn’t emotionally ready, but didn’t tell her that as he didn’t want to hurt her feelings; he said the sex didn’t bring them closer. They said some things that hurt, and it caused them to have doubts if the relationship was still worth fighting for. Jephte said that she’s everything he could see himself be with, but he had yet to fall in love with her, however, she had already fallen for him.

Despite what happened and what was said between them, they still decided to stick it out – Jephte said that this was the best decision he had made. Their first child, Laura Denise, was born in 2018. Their relationship wasn’t smooth sailing, and they even went their separate ways for a while after she discovered she was pregnant, as it seemed that they weren’t a married couple. In the end, they found their way back to each other’s arms, and Jephte proposed to her with a three-stone ring for their third anniversary.

Danielle and Bobby (Season Seven)

Danielle Bergman was a 30-year-old software saleswoman, passionate about taking care of dogs, particularly those that are about to be euthanized. She was ready for a commitment, and was looking for a polite southern gentleman who wanted to provide for a family. The experts believed that the 27-year-old construction project manager Bobby Dodd was perfect for her; he was ready to find love, and wanted a relationship similar to what his parents had. They were matched because they were exactly what the other one was looking for.

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His first thought upon seeing her was that she was gorgeous with her baby blue eyes and figure.

Bobby said that the best thing about this social experiment was that he was able to be himself from day one. It made him feel happy and secure that she was so accepting of him, and enjoyed him for the person that he was. He had told her that he loved her, and the whole eight weeks of being with her was the absolute best time of his life. On decision day, he got down on one knee and proposed to her with a ring, saying he wanted to spend the rest of his life with her. She said yes, and finally told him that she was ‘completely head over heels in love’ with him, and that this was the best thing that ever happened to her. They now have two kids: Olivia Nicole born in 2019, and Bobby Dodd IV born the following year.

Stephanie and AJ (Season Eight)

Financial consultant Stephanie Sersen, 35, tied the knot with 37-year-old AJ Vollmoeller, President and CEO of a staffing & recruiting company.

She was desperate to find the love of her life, as she had past issues with guys cheating on her, and had no time for games. She was successful but that felt it didn’t mean anything, as she didn’t have someone to share it with. He was lonely and tired of being alone, doing things on his own. They were compatible in many ways, and the experts believed they would have fun together. Both of their parents had been married for a long time, and it was what this wanted as well.

On their wedding day, AJ said that before he knew anything about her, he already felt a connection between them upon seeing her for the first time as she walked down the aisle. He told her things about himself, and hoped that she was fine with his dorky side. She found his enthusiasm cute, and they seemed to be hitting it off when they shared their first drink as a married couple. She couldn’t wait to experience how they were going to fit into each other’s life.

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AJ said that life without Stephanie had become a distant point, and he would be devastated if things didn’t work in his favor, actually their favor. He was grateful that she could be flexible in dealing with him. He said that whenever he saw her getting frustrated, his focus turned to making her feel better, even if he was not doing well himself. On decision day, he chose to be with her for the rest of his days, and she felt the same way. She was optimistic about her future with him by her side. They loved each other the way they needed to be loved. Their marriage is still going strongly, and on their third anniversary in 2021, AJ surprised her with a proposal, and she couldn’t be any happier.

The success stories in “Married at First Sight” proved that the experts could indeed help people find someone they could love, but only if they were willing to put themselves out there and work on their marriages.

Their fans could continue to follow their journey through their social media accounts and on Lifetime Channel’s “Married at First Sight: Couple’s Cam,” which premiered in May 2020.

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.

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The Untold Truth About Expedition Unknown

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

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

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

Josh Has An Impressive Career

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

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

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

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

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

Filming Takes A Long Time

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

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

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

The Most Dangerous Place

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

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

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

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

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

Unexpected News While Filming

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

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

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

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

Humor Doesn’t Always Go As It Should

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

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

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

Food Is Not Always Safe To Consume

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

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

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

Josh Married A Co-Star

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

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

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

Josh Gates Famous Necklace

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

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

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

How Topics Are Selected

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

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

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

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

What Josh Has To Say About William Shatner

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

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

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

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

The Reason They Went On Exploring Sharks

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

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

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

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The Reason It Has Many Spin-Offs

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

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

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

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

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What happened to Christie Brimberry from Gas Monkey Garage?

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

Christie’s Early Life and Family

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Meet Christie’s Co-Workers at Gas Monkey Garage

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

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

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

The Real Reason Why Christie Left Gas Monkey Garage in 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Christie Brimberry net worth and financial difficulties

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

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

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

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

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

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

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