“Dirty Jobs” done

In a blog posting, the show's creator, host and executive producer Mike Rowe reveals that the series, which ran on Discovery Channel for eight seasons, is on "permanent hiatus."
November 21, 2012

According to Dirty Jobs creator and host Mike Rowe, the Pilgrim Studios-produced series is ending its long run on Discovery Channel.

Rowe posted the news on his blog and also at the Huffington Post. In the posting, Rowe wrote, “Whenever Dirty Jobs goes off the air for a few months, people start to wonder if the show has been canceled. Rumors begin to swirl, and questions about the show’s future fill my inbox. Over the years it’s been my pleasure to assure anxious fans that Dirty Jobs is coming back for another season. And indeed, we always have.

“Alas, this year, I’m afraid I cannot dispel the rumors,” he continued. “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.”

The lengthy post goes on to thank “John Hendricks, David Zaslav, and everyone at Discovery,” as well as “Craig Piligian, Eddie Barbini, Ed Rohwedder, and everyone at Pilgrim Films” and the show’s crew and its fans.

The show originated out of a segment Rowe produced for a CBS affiliate in San Francisco, entitled Someone’s Gotta Do It. Dirty Jobs first aired as two pilot episodes in 2003 and was added to Discovery’s schedule as a series in 2005. In it, Rowe dove head-first into occupations often seen as “dirty jobs” or out-of-the-ordinary vocations, ranging from collecting owl vomit to recycling sludge.

In summarizing the show’s eight seasons, Rowe concluded, “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.”

A spokesperson for Pilgrim Studios said the production company is not commenting on the news at this time. A spokesperson for Discovery Channel also declined to comment.

Last week, Discovery announced that it was canceling another long-running reality series, American Chopper, also produced by Pilgrim Studios.

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