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No more 'Dirty Jobs' on Discovery

November 21, 2012|By Yvonne Villarreal
  • Mike Rowe, the host of "Dirty Jobs."
Mike Rowe, the host of "Dirty Jobs." (Discovery )

There are countless dirty jobs, and someone's got to do them -- but now we won't get to see Mike Rowe trying his hand at them: Discovery is pulling the plug on on its long-running reality series "Dirty Jobs."

Rowe, the show's host/creator/executive producer, announced the news in a blog post Wednesday.

"A few weeks ago, I was officially informed that Dirty Jobs had entered into a new phase," he wrote. "One I like to call, 'permanent hiatus.' Or in the more popular industry vernacular, canceled."

The series, which spanned eight seasons, involved Rowe stepping into the shoes of American laborers with weird, strange or difficult jobs.

"'Dirty Jobs' is a very personal show, and it's difficult for me to imagine a future that does not involve exploding toilets, venomous snakes, misadventures in animal husbandry and feces from every species," he added in the post.

The series is the second to be canceled by the network this month. Last week came word that "American Chopper," about father-and-son motorcycle-builders, would be coming to an end after 10 years.

It wasn't the first time the series had gotten the ax, though. After a brief run on sister channel TLC, the series was canceled in early 2010 amid behind-the-scenes drama between Junior and Senior. After the dispute was settled a few months later, the show was brought back and returned to its Discovery stomping grounds. So maybe we haven't seen the last of them.

Nevertheless, Discovery is set to air a finale, "Chopper Live: The Revenge," on Dec. 11.

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Yvonne Villarreal

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