First American Chopper. Now Dirty Jobs. Another veteran Discovery Channel series is coming to an end.
“A few weeks ago, I was officially informed that Dirty Jobs had entered into a new phase,” Dirty Jobs host Mike Rowe wrote in a blog post. “One I like to call, ‘permanent hiatus.’ Or in the more popular industry vernacular, canceled … Dirty Jobs is a very personal show, and 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.”
Rowe, who’s been hosting the series since 2003, goes on to generously thank his crew, the network, the show’s participants and its fans. “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. “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.”
Though Dirty Jobs was once a ratings sensation for the network, the show’s numbers have been on a downward trend in recent years. Recently, Rowe made headlines by stumping for Mitt Romney on the campaign trail (if only the Republican won White House, he might have been able to throw the host a new gig). At least Rowe will still maintain a presence on Discovery Channel as the narrator of Deadliest Catch.
The Dirty Jobs axing marks the second major reality franchise that’s been cancelled by Discovery in the last couple weeks. As first reported on EW.com, Chopper will end its 10-year run with its Dec. 11 finale.