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Why did Dave Canterbury leave Dual Survival?



The reality-television series “Dual Survival,” aired on Discovery Channel, has made Dave Canterbury one of the most recognized survival experts in the world. His participation in the TV show for two seasons gave the viewers a glimpse of his extraordinary skills in getting out alive from several challenging situations in the wilderness. However, his rising star power halted temporarily in 2011, when he quit the TV series, presumably due to his decision to pursue other life goals, but later on it was revealed that his services were terminated by the TV network. Fans of the TV series weren’t shy back then in expressing their views on the decision – some couldn’t believe the reason given, but some felt that it was a justified move by the TV executives.

Dave’s life before becoming a reality-TV star

David Michael Canterbury was born on 19 September 1963, in Florida.

He has always been interested in outdoor activities, and even as a child took after his father’s love for adventure, particularly with diving and hang gliding. When his parents divorced, his mother then remarried a woodsman who had an affinity with nature; Dave’s stepfather was into fishing and hunting, which exposed him early on in life to the world of outdoor survival situations.

After matriculating from his local high school, Dave enlisted in the military in 1981. After he finished his military service in 1986, he worked on a commercial reptile farm as an Animal Control Officer. Later on, he became involved with commercial deep-sea fishing, and was also a certified diver in Florida. His interest in wilderness survival training never waned, and when he had a chance again to go back to school, he grabbed the opportunity.


Dave graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Wilderness Ministry from Frontier Christian University, and also acquired certifications in Wilderness First Aid/CPR and Advanced Search and Rescue. To further enhance his wilderness survival knowledge, he finished basic and intermediate courses at the International School of Herbal Arts and Sciences. During his spare time, he would upload survival guides and self-sustainability videos onto YouTube; his official channel now has more than 700,000 subscribers, and gained close to 115 million views.

All about “Dual Survival”

When dangerous professions found their way successfully into the reality-TV genre, such as “Deadliest Catch” in 2005, and “Ice Road Truckers” in 2007, Discovery Channel explored other interesting topics, such as survival adventures. It spawned the TV series called “Dual Survival”, produced by Original Media, the same production company that created “Storm Chasers” in 2007.

They hired the services of Dave Canterbury, ex-military who was highly-trained in survival strategies, alongside Cody Lundin, a naturalist and outdoors primitive-skills expert.

The series followed the duo, as they faced many challenges that required them to demonstrate their expertise in surviving the pre-arranged scenarios. It was an interesting combination of brains and brawn, as they disagreed most of the time on the kind of strategy they would apply in certain situations. The first episode premiered on 11 June 2010, and was filmed during the dead of winter on a deserted island somewhere in Nova Scotia, Canada. “Dual Survival” ran for nine seasons over six years, and gained a loyal following. However, for several reasons the producers made numerous main cast changes over the years, that left the audience confused and disconnected, which resulted in lowering viewership ratings. The TV show eventually aired its last episode on 12 October 2016.

Dave’s Two Seasons with “Dual Survival”

His extensive military training in survival techniques offered a certain authenticity to the TV show. Fans started to relate to him, and it only took a few episodes in the first season for him to attract a following. Here are some of his memorable moments in the reality-TV show.

Bogged Down in Brazil

It was one of the highly-rated episodes on IMDB, aired in August 2010, as Dave and Cody went to Pantanal, the largest freshwater wetland in the world, located mostly within the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso do Sul. They needed to traverse the Piranha-infested waters to get back to civilization, and that caught the interest of many viewers that night.

Lost hunters in Argentina

During the “Slash and Burn” episode aired in April 2011, the duo showed the viewers how to survive in the harsh terrain and weather conditions in Tierra Del Fuego in Argentina, which is just 500 miles away from Antarctica.


Viewers learned how to cauterize a wound when Dave voluntarily inflicted himself with an injury so Cody could treat it using black powder. They also crossed a frosty swampland to reach the mainland, needing to plan their travel carefully to avoid hypothermia.

Stranded on one of South Pacific’s deserted island

The survival experts made their way to the South Pacific as two castaways drifting in the sea near a deserted jungle island; they needed to survive the island and reach civilization. It was disconcerting to see Dave barefoot, as he would often question Cody going barefoot. The episode entitled “Adrift” was aired in May 2011.

South Africa’s Wilderness Adventure

Also in May 2011, viewers were treated again to another fascinating episode entitled “Out of Africa”, in which Dave and Cody needed to survive in the backcountry wilderness in South Africa.

They were only given a machete to deal with any predator they would encounter, but of course the duo escaped the area without being eaten alive. They also showed viewers how to deal with dehydration issues in the wilderness.

Did Dave Quit or was he fired in the TV Show?

When it was released to the public that Dave wouldn’t be returning for another season of “Dual Survival,” fans wondered why, since the TV show was doing well, and he’d developed a loyal following. Initially, the reality-TV star told everyone that he had set his eyes on pursuing other goals, which basically implied that he left the TV series voluntarily; he even said that it was due to family and business reasons. Some fans thought that the accusation from other viewers that the show was altogether a sham probably got to him, that Dave decided he didn’t want to be associated with the series any longer.

Embellished military resume

It was only revealed much later that Discovery Channel discovered that Dave embellished his military record in his resume when he applied for the survival expert spot in the TV show. He claimed that he was part of the US Army between 1981 and 1988, and that he had extensive training from Airborne, Air Assault, Ranger, and Sniper Counter Sniper Schools during his service. He also claimed that through his years in the military, he was stationed in several bases outside the US, including in Korea, Grenada, and Central America. Dave shared that much of his time was spent as an instructor not only for the US troops, but also for some allied forces.

When interested parties investigated his background, it was found that Dave indeed served in the military, but for under six years and not the seven he claimed.


He wasn’t a Squad Leader 4th ID 1982 to 1983; he wasn’t a US Army Sniper, as he only participated in the local 4th ID Sniper/Counter-Sniper Class for two weeks in 1986; he wasn’t a 19D Scout as he only attended a Law Enforcement 95B Course; and qhile he served in the Military Police, he wasn’t an SRT member, which was the military equivalent of SWAT – there was no record of him being a member, or involved in any of its assignments. Dave also wasn’t an SRT instructor, as he didn’t attain an E-6 or SSG ranking or certification, which was a requirement for instructors. As for his military tours, there was no record of him being involved in any military operations in Central America, particularly in Honduras and Nicaragua from 1986-1987.

Dave indeed went to South Korea, but he only as an ID Badge Clerk, and was part of the security escorts for the military equipment in the DMZ areas between South and North Korea from 1983 up to 1985.

In fairness to him, he received military decorations and awards during his service, including Army Service Ribbon, Army Good Conduct Ribbon, Overseas Army Ribbon, and Army Achievement Ribbon alo,ng with Expert Badge with bars for auto rifle, hand grenade and pistol.

Cody Lundin’s official statement

Cody Lundin, his co-star in the TV show, was asked several times about it, and initially said that inquiries about Dave’s disappearance from the show should be directed to Discovery Channel. However, later on he released an official statement, because he said that he had an ethical responsibility to do so, and felt that the questions would continue to be thrown at him. A part of his statementsaid ‘In a profession where human lives are at stake, dishonesty about one’s background and experience is an inexcusable breach of trust.’

His termination from the show

It was reported that when the TV network executives learned about Dave’s duplicity, they didn’t think twice, and had him fired from “Dual Survival.” While Dave’s personality was perfect for the TV show, his exaggerated claims of his time in the military left the show’s integrity in shambles. Most of the reality-TV shows already had their share of accusations of being inauthentic, and if fans got hold of this information before the network executives did something about it, the rest of the reality-TV series’ on their TV network would suffer the consequences.

Dave Canterbury’s public confession

After his military background became controversial, Dave released a video via his YouTube channel, and was man enough to admit his wrongdoing. However, he didn’t give any details on what he lied about, but gave an explanation as to why he did it. He declared that he padded his military credentials in the professional resume that he turned in when he auditioned for “Dual Survival.”

He said, ‘I didn’t do it to make things difficult for anyone in my family. I actually did it to number one, better my family.’ Dave further explained that he was quite naive about the TV entertainment industry, and thought that at the time “no harm, no foul” but he regretted doing it after reflecting on it. He also said that he knew that his action was a great disappointment, not only to everyone but also to himself.

Dave apologized to his family, his friends and his fans; he shared that he tried moving on from it as best as he could with his Pathfinder School.  However, fans were divided about his apology. Some of them felt that he wasn’t sincere with his confession as it came a little late, and that he only apologized because he was already caught. There were those who felt that it was courageous of him to make a public confession, and since it was for his family, he was given a pass. Most of the fans expressed their displeasure and said that lying about his resume wouldn’t have been a huge deal if it wasn’t for his military background.


They felt bad for those who actually underwent hardships while training and serving in the Armed Forces, only to be trivialized like that just to get a job on TV.

When he didn’t go into the specifics, more questions surfaced, and fans were curious as to the extent of his duplicity; they also wondered if he did it with malicious intent or not.  The only thing that was clarified in his confession was that his contract with Discovery Channel wasn’t renewed for the third season, because of the discrepancies in his resume.

Apparently, Dave’s controversial confession and apology about his military record was old news for some of the members of Bushcraft USA.  Those who had been around for many years in the outdoor survival online community knew of his military embellishments, due to the profile that he created on the Bushcraft USA community site. Some people had already confronted him about it, way before he got involved in “Dual Survival.” When he was bombarded with questions in the online forum, he allegedly admitted to some of them.

For instance, Dave told them that when he said he was an Army Ranger, it was because he felt he was part of the group when he worked with them in the past. It was a lame excuse, but then he wasn’t a TV personality at that time, so it wasn’t a huge deal. Most of them thought he was just one of those people who wanted to feel superior in the community, by presenting fake qualifications.

Where is Dave Canterbury now?

After Dave’s last appearance in the “Dual Survival,” he capitalized on the little star power that he had, since initially no one really knew why he was no longer part of the third season. He continued teaching survival techniques through a school he founded and co-owned called The Pathfinder School LLC. According to its Facebook page, ‘It is a Wilderness Self Reliance School specializing in No-Nonsense down-to-earth lessons in becoming comfortable in Nature.’ The school can be found in Jackson, Ohio, and has three levels of training, including Pathfinder Basic Course, Mountain Scout Course, and Pathfinder Advanced Course.

The Wilderness Survival Instructor Training and Certification Program are being taught by Dave and four survival experts who centered their training on the 5Cs of Survivability – container, combustion device, cordage, cover, and cutting tool.

Aside from supervising the school, he’s also busy with his online store called Self Reliance Outfitters; it broadly offers outdoor gear for outdoor people, and has a wide variety of survival gear, cutting tools, outdoor cooking, and hunting gear. Information about his Pathfinder School can be found on the site.

Dave also became an author, and has written six books on survival. The first entitled “Survivability for the Common Man” was published in July 2010, when he was still active on TV. The other five books were published by Adams Media in series, which was focused on Bushcraft 101. The first called “Bushcraft 101: A Field Guide to the Art of Wilderness Survival” became a New York Times Bestseller in 2014. They released a boxed set to those who wanted to get hold of the five books all-in-one. Some survival enthusiasts requested a visual guide, and so Dave released a graphic version in the form of a coffee table book called “Bushcraft Illustrated,” in 2019.

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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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