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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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  1. i think i must live on the outskirts of cultural literacy. we don’t have cable, and i’d never heard of this show.

    i am not alone in being culturally clueless, tho: i wrote, “as god is my witness, i thought turkeys could fly” as my fb status yesterday, and one of my friends helpfully informed me that it’s only the domesticated turkeys that can’t fly 😉


  2. Good post. My family is a fan of this show, but we too probably watched less of it the last few years. It was fascinating to watch real people who do what they have to do each day and then get up and do it again the next day. Mike Rowe was an ideal “doer” of the dirty jobs. He had that likeable, earnest and sincere persona, that we rooted for him to clean those fish, climb into that tunnel or shovel you know what. I commented to my daughter yesterday that he is probably the most trusted spokesperson in America as a result and Ford has benefited greatly from his role. BTG


  3. I was a fan of the show at the start and of him too – can you say YUMMY? But I, and I suspect a significant percentage of his audience, lost interest when his somewhat negative gay views came to light.


  4. I liked the show from the very first episode to the last one! And I always loved Mike Rowe, the cutie! I hope they schedule a special a couple times a year just to keep us up to date with what’s going on in the dirty jobs area.


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