Diatribe: No More “Dirty Jobs” For Mike Rowe!
Whenever I have a particularly bad day at the office, I look out my window and think to myself “At least I get to work indoors and sit down”. There are so many careers that require hard physical labor, the endurance of extreme weather conditions and outright life-threatening danger that my little office quibbles pale in comparison. Sometimes, I’m reminded of Dirty Jobs.
Dirty Jobs, a spin-off of a segment host Mike Rowe once did on a local San Francisco program called Somebody’s Gotta Do It. After completing a graphic piece on cow artificial insemination, Rowe was inundated with letters expressing “shock, horror, fascination, disbelief, and wonder” so he sent a tape to the Discovery Channel, who commissioned a series.
Since 2003, Dirty Jobs, has been a mainstay of Discovery Channels reality programming lineup. But, apparently, all bad things must also come to an end.
“A few weeks ago, I was officially informed that Dirty Jobs had entered into a new phase, one I like to call ‘permanent hiatus.’ Or in the more popular industry vernacular, canceled. 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.” – Mike Rowe, host of Dirty Jobs
Rowe, who is also known for his work in commercial advertisements for Ford trucks, has hosted the series since its debut in 2003. He is grateful for his crew, the network, the show’s participants and its fans.
“I can’t say that Dirty Jobs never jumped the shark (since I literally leaped over one in season two), but I’m proud to say it’s still the same hatchet. The last episode looked pretty much like the first. We didn’t become something we weren’t. We never shared the sewer with Paris Hilton, and we never invited you to ‘tune in next week for a very special Dirty Jobs.’ We stuck to the mission statement. We stayed small. We worked hard. And we had a hell of a good time. It was, as they say, a very good run.” – Mike Rowe
Dirty Jobs was once a ratings sensation for the Discovery network, but the show’s numbers have been trending downward in recent years to the cancellation should not be a big surprise to those in the know. Fans, however, will surely miss the oafish charm and sly grin of the series’ host and the humor that he used to highlight some of the most unpleasant yet necessary occupations imaginable. At least Rowe will still maintain a presence on Discovery Channel as the narrator of Deadliest Catch.
Are you a fan of Mike Rowe and Dirty Jobs?
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