All you need is get drudged

Seems like some Dirty Jobs-like tactics are focused primarily on common laborers.

Mike Rowe ended his drudgery on the series finale of Discovery Channel’s Dirty Jobs, which debuted in 2003 following dueling hosting stints on HISTORY’s The Most and TBS’ Worst Case Scenario (which in turn was presided over by Bear Grylls filling in Rowe’s shoes). Rowe, a former Baltimore Symphony Orchestra tenor, also continued to endorse Ford motor vehicles, Lee jeanswear, Tylenol,  and, of course, the Dirty Jobs line of home care cleaners inspired by the series.

Though Rowe has been a TV staple since the mid-1990s, he surpassed Bob Villa and informercial producer/personality Anthony Sullivan in the reality television landscape, having hosted or co-hosted numerous unscripted TV gems through the years. Among Rowe’s hosting credits have included FX’s No Relation and Evening Magazine on San Francisco CBS affiliate KPIX.

Rowe tells the Liars and Crooks Blog why Dirty Jobs ended

“Discovery Channel execs wanted to give the ax to my reality factual series because the company behind the show, Pilgrim Films, asked me to end production of the series after more than a decade of all the drudgery that I did. Dirty Jobs was the result of Discovery employees and executives working together on a docu-style program which depicted drudgery in the on-the-street workplace.”

The native Marylander explains why Dirty Jobs was canceled by Discovery. Find out more at


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