The Discovery Channel is closing up shop on one of its most popular shows.
After 10 years, “American Chopper” will come to an end next month, it was announced Friday.
The family-centered docu-series stars the lovably gruff Paul Teutel, Sr. and his son “Junior” as they run their custom motorcycle bike shop — and all the family drama that comes with it. The long-running program had something of a tumultuous run, including a father-son feud, switching networks (and show titles) from TLC to Discovery, and surviving a previous cancellation notice in 2010 by TLC, which then revived not long afterward.
The Teutuls will ride off into the sunset with a series-wrapping special, “Chopper Live: The Revenge,” scheduled to air Dec. 11, featuring special guest Jesse James and a four-way bike build-off in Las Vegas.
“After 10 years and 233 episodes of incredible, riveting reality television, American Chopper will be ending its run,” said Eileen O’Neill, group president, Discovery and TLC Networks, in a statement. “This series was one of the very first family-based reality programs on television. Special thanks to Pilgrim Studios for over a decade of great producing. The Teutuls have given us really innovative bike builds and real drama since 2002. We wish both Orange County Choppers and Paul Junior Designs the best.”