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Why fans are ready to say ‘goodbye’ to “Vanderpump Rules”?

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“Vanderpump Rules” is the most successful of all the spin-off series of the reality television franchise “Real Housewives”, aired on the Bravo cable network. It focuses on the staff of the SUR Restaurant & Lounge in West Hollywood, co-owned by Lisa Vanderpump, the breakout star of “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” (RHOBH). After nine seasons, many believed that the time has come for the network to cancel the show.

Meet the original cast

Stassi Schroeder – Server

Stassi’s mother told her that she’s a descendant of a Swedish princess, so she acted like one. She has been the center of attention since she was 10 or even younger; she says what’s on her mind, regardless of who gets hurt, and believes that she’s always right. Stassi is a friend of Lisa’s daughter, Pandora, and she also writes for their online luxury lifestyle magazine called “Divine Addiction.” She has always wanted to become a fashion writer, and she’s apparently good at it.

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Kristen Doute – Server

Kristen gets in the middle of everything, as she makes everybody’s problem her problem, even if she’s not wanted. Her boss found her difficult to work with.

Katie Maloney – Server

She’s earned the nickname, “Tequila Katie,” due to her behavior when she’s drunk.

Scheana Shay – Server

From when she was a little girl, Scheana dreamed of being famous, so eventually she would go to auditions in between work. She never had vocal training, but a record producer wanted her to record demos as he was looking for a brunette version of Britney Spears; she was often mistaken for the Princess of Pop when she was in high school. Admittedly, she’s not sure if anyone’s going to take her seriously as a singer, but said that being a pop star isn’t being a singer but a performer, and she’s the latter.

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Jax Taylor – Bartender

He likes being with someone who can tell him what to do. He’s been accused of being a pathological liar and a cheater.

Tom Sandoval – Bartender

He’s obsessed with his hair.

About the show

All the gossiping, drinking, dating and fighting among the uninhibited staff of SUR (Sexy Unique Restaurant) made “Vanderpump Rules” such a captivating TV show. It initially centered on six attractive people with aspirations to become famous actors, musicians, or models. Some of their love interests landed a job at SUR, or other employees became their significant others and appeared in the show.

According to British restaurateur Lisa Vanderpump, she and her husband, Ken Todd, had two restaurants in California: the Villa Blanca where a man could take his wife, and SUR where he could take his mistress. SUR’s design was eclectic, and people who worked there a little bit crazy.

Lisa admitted that the energy and character of her staff are what made them great servers, not necessarily their skills at waiting tables.

While most owners have a strict policy against fraternization in the workplace, Lisa has none as she said, ‘If I fired somebody who slept with another member of the staff, I’d have no employees left.’ As her people were all young and good-looking, dating amongst them was bound to happen. SUR manager Peter Madrigal dated Stassi and her bestie Katie, and by the time the show started, Stassi was dating Jax while Katie’s boyfriend was SUR bartender Tom Schwartz. Kristen was seeing Tom Sandoval.

Scheana was the new girl who had difficulty fitting in, as Stassi, Katie and Kristen were already in a tight clique. She initially wasn’t even given a chance to be part of them, as Queen Bee Stassi took a dislike to her as she said she didn’t want someone in her circle that was ‘husband-stealing fame-whoring piece of shit.’

Apparently, Scheana’s reputation preceded her, as she had a two-year affair with the actor Eddie Cibrian (“Third Watch”) while he was married to Brandi Glanville of RHOBH.

However, it was also known at SUR that whenever beautiful new girls started working there, all the guys become excited, and all the girls become pissed off. As beautiful and confident as Stassi was, she often felt jealous for no reason. Stassi tried to make Scheana quit by being mean to her, but it didn’t work, as Scheana stood up for herself upon the advice of their boss. She later admitted that she didn’t want Scheana around Jax, as she felt threatened by her.

Stassi and Jax were having problems, and they eventually broke up amidst rumors of him cheating on her with a girl he met in Las Vegas. No one from her posse sided with her, and they even turned against her; she and Scheana then became close. Jax later confessed to Stassi that the rumor was true.

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Stassi then hooked up with another bartender named Frank, two days after the split. Her birthday celebration in Vegas turned into a nightmare, as a fight broke out.

Jax started dating Laura-Leigh, a server at SUR, to make Stassi jealous as he wanted her back; he was even caught having sex in SUR’s washroom. He later dumped Laura-Leigh at the worst possible time as it was after her AA meeting and then he and Stassi had sex again and he disclosed it to the rest of the staff despite their agreement to keep it a secret.

The boss lady would often call a meeting to sort things out so none of the conflicts amongst her staff would affect their work. She said, ‘All the people that worked here are so passionate about life and each other but that’s also the thing that makes it very difficult to run,’ and added, ‘it is what it is and I wouldn’t change it for the world.’

There was a lot of drama in season one that got millions of people hooked on the show.

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It gets more complicated and interesting in the seasons that followed, with break-ups, new hookups, cheating, and fighting along with revelations that broke friendships and relationships. So is it reality-TV, or a soapie…..?

What happened to the “Vanderpump Rules” cast members?

Stassi and Kristen were fired

In 2020, during an Instagram Live interview with the actress Candace Renee Rice, former cast member Faith Stowers, opened up about the time she was working with Stassi and Kristen. It appeared that in 2018, the two called the cops on her for theft upon reading in the news that a black woman was wanted for robberies in the area. Faith said, ‘It was just funny, because they thought it was me because it was a Black woman with a weave.’ Fortunately, the police didn’t pursue the case.

The story became viral, and resulted in Stassi being dropped by her publicist and agent according to some reports. It was not the first time she’d made a racially insensitive remark, as during her podcast, “Straight Up with Stassi,” she mentioned being tired of the complaints made by African Americans about racism. ‘Why is it always just about the African Americans…It’s always just that, and then whenever they get upset, everybody has to go above and beyond to make them happy,’ she said.

Stassi apologize to Faith via an Instagram post, saying she hadn’t realized that what she did could have serious ramifications.

Kristen also addressed the issue, and said that what she did wasn’t racially driven. She said she failed to recognize how her actions could have put Faith in danger, and admitted that her privileged life had blinded her from the reality of how the black community was treated by law enforcement. ‘I’m ashamed, embarrassed, and incredibly sorry,’ Kristen said.

Lisa Vanderpump said that what her former employees did was wrong, but they weren’t racist. ‘Do I think it was a racist action? No, not at all. I think it was just awful timing and stupid and ignorant,’ she said.

In 2020, Stassi married casting agent Beau Clark, while pregnant with their first child. Kristen is in a relationship with Alex Menache.

Jax and Brittany Taylor left the show

Jax fell in love with Brittany Cartwright upon meeting her in Las Vegas in 2015 – she joined the cast in season four, landing a job as a server at SUR, after working for some time at Hooters.

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They starred in their own Bravo series, “Jax and Brittany Take Kentucky,” which chronicled their time in Brittany’s hometown, premiering in 2017, but didn’t get past season one. Despite cheating on Brittany by hooking up with Faith Stowers, he and Brittany tied the knot in 2019, and she gave birth to their first child in April 2021.

In December 2020, the couple announced that they were leaving the show and their representative said that the two were working on projects in which they could ‘share their own lives without Bravo’s limitations.’ Jax later revealed in an interview that it was a huge relief for him to no longer be part of the show, saying it didn’t make sense anymore to be a 40-year-old guy hanging out, fighting, and arguing with kids in the show who are half his age. He did reveal that he’s not leaving the TV industry for good, but would just move on to something family-oriented.

Scheana’s happily ever after

Sheana married Mike Shay, her high school friend, in 2014 but it ended after two years with the divorce finalized in 2017, due to his substance abuse problem.

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A month right after that, she jumped into another relationship with an old flame, Robert Valleta, but it didn’t work out either. Scheana later married Brock Honey Davies, as she said, ‘I’ve never been with someone who made me feel so loved and not insecure. We are a good fit for each other.’ They now have a daughter named Summer Moon.

Tom Sandoval and Tom Schwartz

TomTom Restaurant & Bar in West Hollywood opened in 2018, with Lisa Vanderpump as the senior partner, and Tom Sandoval and Tom Schwartz as junior partners; the two even developed their signature cocktails, and they also have their own whiskey label, “Tom’s Good Lovin.” It was hailed as the Best Bar in Southern California according to the Los Angeles Travel Magazine. The two Toms have been working on establishing their own bar called Schwartz & Sandy’s in the Franklin Village area of Los Angeles, and their former business partner Lisa has been fully supportive of their plans since she heard the news.

All’s well with their personal lives, as Schwartz is happily married to Katie Maloney while Sandoval’s relationship with Ariana Madix is still going strong.

Reasons why fans believe it’s time to say goodbye to “Vanderpump Rules”

So much has happened since the hit Bravo TV show premiered on 7 January 2013, that kept the viewers glued to their screens. Filming for the ninth season was delayed, as SUR closed its doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, but it reopened and is back in business for the cast members, with the show resuming in September 2021. It was said that the interest has waned with the ratings at an all-time low, with viewers down to half a million. It appeared that fans are ready for “Vanderpump Rules” to end. Many theories were thrown in as to the reason why.

Letting some of the original cast go, even if justified, was said to be their downfall, as people have become invested in their lives, and actually fell in love with their craziness. Without them, the viewers have no one to root for, or even hate.

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When it first became known that Stassi, Kristen, Jax and Brittany would not be part of season nine, the future of the show seemed bleak, as they were central characters.

It didn’t help that Max Boyens and Brett Caprioni, the two main stars introduced in season eight, were fired from the show as well, due to their racist tweets from their past that resurfaced. Both apologized for their actions, Max wishing that people would be given a chance to prove they can change and become a better person. He continued to work as a manager at TomTom a year after that, but quit due to health insurance issues. It was said that he now works at UNA MAS cocktails as its Chief Financial Officer.

Brett, a SUR server, said that he’s a good guy who made a mistake. He was grateful to his boss for understanding him and believing that he was capable of learning from what happened. He’s busy running a lifestyle and fitness YouTube channel these days.

Never mentioning what happened to those who were fired was a bad move, according to fans, as the TV series has been known for not shying away from showing their controversial behavior.

Even if the show retained some of the original cast members, there were those who said that people couldn’t relate to them anymore, as they’ve become popular and successful, far removed from their days of struggle. It also felt rather ‘off’ that they were still working at SUR as servers or bartenders, when they could afford expensive weddings and big houses with swimming pools. It was said that the conflicts and fights among them became less intense, as they were more careful with their words and action for fear of a backlash from fans, which could result in them being fired from the show, or losing endorsements and other projects. Some believed that the show had lost its authenticity, in that every scene felt forced or scripted.

Despite everything that’s happened, Andy Cohen, host of each season’s “Vanderpump Rules” reunion, believed that they still have a solid cast.

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However, it seemed that the new cast failed to charm their way into the viewers’ hearts, which might have something to do with them not knowing each other prior to the show. Some said that their stories weren’t that interesting, while others said that the storylines have become darker, as there was suspicion of domestic violence between James Kennedy, SUR busboy turned DJ, and Raquel Leviss, SUR server. Her nose was bent to the left as James accidentally bumped it as he went in for a quick kiss on her lips. It was said that even their boss had some doubts about her story and thought that somebody had hit her, but Raquel said that wasn’t true.

There’s still so much talk about the show, good or bad, which meant that people are still interested. Many are wondering if the show has been renewed for its 10th season, but there hasn’t been any official statement from the network. As some of Lisa Vanderpump’s restaurants closed permanently, fans were concerned about the fate of SUR, as the show was dependent on it. While waiting for news, fans are still updated on the lives of its stars, as most of them are highly visible on social media.

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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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