It was a dirty job, but someone had to do it.
But now, “Dirty Jobs,” the long-running Discovery reality series that had host Mike Rowe getting down and dirty in the world’s filthiest occupations, is coming to an end.
Apparently, it was Rowe himself who made the “announcement” that “Dirty Jobs” is ending its run. He wrote about the cancellation in a blog that turned up on The Huffington Post on Wednesday here.
“Whenever ‘Dirty Jobs’ goes off the air for a few months, people start to wonder if the show has been canceled,” Rowe wrote. “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. 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, cancelled.”
“Dirty Jobs” had been around since 2003, and it made the affable, hunky host into a ubiquitous TV personality who is seen in numerous TV commercials and heard as the narrator of a number of other reality series — most notably “Deadliest Catch” also on Discovery.
In his HuffPo blog post, Rowe maintained a Thanksgiving theme. “As for me, good things are in the works,” he wrote. “Not as dirty perhaps, but exciting nevertheless. I’m looking forward to the future, and feeling grateful for the past.”
It’s the second time in a few weeks that we’ve heard the news that a long-running fave has been cancelled by Discovery. The other one was “American Chopper,” which had been around for about 10 years.