Discovery cancels 'Dirty Jobs' after 8 seasons
By Laurel Brown | November 21, 2012 4:19 PM ET
That's it for "Dirty Jobs." While filthy, disturbing and dangerous career paths remain part of this world, there will no longer be a Discovery reality show devoted to highlighting them. After 8 seasons of feces, scary animals and reasons to be happy we don't smell television, 'Dirty Jobs' and its host, Mike Rowe, will no longer be on television.
Although there has been no comment from Discovery yet about this cancellation, declining ratings and an excess of reality programming probably have something to do with it. Most of the news of the show's end came from Rowe himself. And he chose to highlight the positives.
In a blog written for the Huffington Post on Wednesday (Nov. 21), Rowe broke the news and then proceeded to thank just about everyone in the universe for his 8 years on the air.
"I'm afraid I cannot dispel the rumors. 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," Rowe wrote. "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. Nevertheless, the future is here, and while it does not appear to contain any more Dirty Jobs, it will almost certainly include another Thanksgiving. So in the spirit of the holiday, I'd like to thank those people most responsible for reinvigorating my erstwhile career, and launching the most honest show in the history of reality TV."
The show, produced by Pilgrim Films & Television, ended its production in September.
"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," Rowe wrote at the end of his blog. "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."