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How Roli Szabo Overcame Break-Up, Broken Leg, and Covid Crisis

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Professional vehicle detailer Roli Szabo became a television personality through the hit reality series, “Counting Cars”. The automotive show premiered in 2012, and has since become one of the most-viewed on the History Channel. Roli might not be its main star, but when it attracted a sizable section of the audience on Wednesday nights, its popularity rubbed off on him as he was part of Count’s Kustoms crew featured in the series. In 2016, he bid farewell to the garage and the show for unknown reasons, but fans continued to wonder what happened to him since then, especially when there were rumors that he’s experienced unfortunate incidents in his life in the past few years.

Who is Roli Szabo?

Roli Szabo never fully shared publicly his growing-up years back in Szekszárd, Hungary. The most that he revealed was that one of his childhood dreams was to travel to the US and that he studied at II. Géza Gimnázium – Bátaszék from 1987 to 1991. In November 1997, with the approval of his parents, he found a way to fulfill it by obtaining a US working visa as part of a traveling crew of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. It was the Hungarian circus star, Michu, the so-called “Smallest Man in the World,” who gave him the opportunity by hiring his services as his bodyguard, chauffeur and personal assistant. From 1997 to 2000, he experienced American culture and cuisine as he toured with Michu around the country, which helped him learn the language easily, and adapt fairly quickly to the American way of life.

The circus tour ended, and instead of returning to Hungary, Roli looked for other opportunities to stay in the US longer by taking on odd jobs. His goal was to become a permanent resident, and by 2005 he did just that, when he moved from Los Angeles, California to Las Vegas, Nevada. Sin City was the epitome of the kind of life he imagined to have in the US while he was growing up. By that time, he’d already found a career in the automotive detailing industry. A good friend who was impressed by his skills introduced him to Danny Koker, owner of the auto customization and restoration shop Count’s Kustoms, which changed his life forever.

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A brief background on Count’s Kustoms

The successful automotive shop, “Count’s Kustoms,” initially started as a hobby in Danny Koker’s home garage; he was quite passionate about cars and choppers. His customization and restoration skills became known through word of mouth from satisfied clients. As the demand for his services increased, he then made everything official by establishing his auto business at Highland Drive, Las Vegas, which wasn’t far off the Strip. The crew’s attention to detail became quite well-known around the city, especially the perfect body paint, and the fact that it was a one-stop shop made it popular with gearheads. Today, it’s one of the attractions in Sin City as it became one of its top auto shops for muscle cars, choppers, and classics. It initially started with less than 10 employees but the workforce eventually grew to more than 40 people.

When Roli met Danny in the shop, he was truly stunned to see all those expensive and vintage cars. Coming from a former communist country, he said, ‘The only time I saw the kind of cars Danny has, Ferrari or any classic car, it’s when the German tourists people came.’ The experience of being surrounded by these cars was so overwhelming that he felt like a kid again. He told Danny that he’d been cleaning cars since he was a teen back in Hungary, to make extra money. The Count then had him clean a newly-painted car to assess his detailing skills, and was impressed. He was told that he still had so many cars to clean in the garage, which meant he was hired. Roli’s saying yes to his friend and applying for a position was one of the best decisions he made in his life.

Roli Szabo’s six seasons with “Counting Cars”

The reality show genre opened up many opportunities for people from a broad spectrum of backgrounds to be featured on TV, and Roli Szabo was one of them. Auto restoration and customization shows have found huge success in the past decade, which resulted in most cable channels producing their own versions. History Channel made an offer to Count’s Kustoms, which Danny had a hard time saying no to. Apparently, as the auto shop became popular, several TV networks came knocking at his door. Since he had a great relationship with Joel Patterson, the person behind the hit series “Pawn Stars,” in which Danny was a recurring guest, he only entertained Joel’s offer. On 13 August 2012, “Counting Cars” was born, hosted by Danny Koker. He included his core group of employees who had been with him since the beginning, and decided to integrate Roli because of his fun personality.

The funny car-detailing expert in the show

In most reality TV shows, cast members were chosen meticulously, and more often than not, each of them represented a certain type of character to make the show more interesting to viewers. “Counting Cars” fans said that it was fortunate to have Roli as part of the show as he was the resident funny guy, especially with his thick Hungarian accent. Roli shared that a day wouldn’t pass by without Danny or other crew members messing up with his accent. He might have that goofy type of character, but he was quite serious and professional when it came to his work. After the customization or restoration was finished, it was his job to ensure that the vehicle would be shiny, sparkling immaculate when it was finally shown to the client. He never cut corners, and did everything in the detailing process such as washing, polishing, and waxing the exterior. He also did thorough interior cleaning and deodorizing.

Roli drove out every vehicle for the show’s ‘reveal’

For someone who rarely saw luxury or classic cars when he was growing up in Hungary, Roli’s time with “Counting Cars” surely made up for this deprivation. Aside from being the shop’s car detailing expert, he was also given the ultimate task of driving out every single newly customized or restored vehicle for the “great reveal to the client” segment in the TV series while he was there; it gave him such joy to experience driving them even for a brief period.

Redesigning his outdated van’s body print

The Count’s Kustoms crew found it preposterous that someone like Roli was driving around Las Vegas in a van with an outdated design. It was already embarrassing for Danny to see the kind of tacky colors that Roli used in the advertising graffiti on the body of the van, but the information that was printed there was inaccurate, which made it even more terrible. They all teased him about it and told him to redesign immediately, as he represented the auto shop. When Roli was finished with his van, Danny and the other crew members were impressed that the new design jived completely well with the cool vibe of the auto shop. However, there was just one gigantic issue that a detailer like him should have noticed. Roli mistakenly printed a mirror image of his photo. When it was pointed out, the detailing expert said that no one would notice it, since everyone would be distracted by his handsome face.

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Roli left “Counting Cars” after six seasons

When Roli Szabo failed to appear in the seventh season of “Counting Cars,” fans were left wondering why he was no longer part of the show. However, as with most reality TV series, the producers as well as stars or hosts never addressed issues about any supporting cast leaving – the executive producers only made a big deal out of it with official press statements if it involved the main star. Speculations surfaced online but no one confirmed them. Perhaps because of a signed non-disclosure agreement (NDA), no one talked about it. It was as if anyone leaving the show was a normal thing. Here are some of the speculations as to the reasons behind his disappearance from the reality TV series:

Major falling out with Count’s Kustoms owner

One of the rumors that came out was that Roli had a falling out with Danny Koker – everyone knew that the buck stops with him. Danny might not be responsible for the broadcasting aspect of the show, but he had the final say on what was going on in Count’s Kustoms. Fans initially thought that Roli wanted to take a breather from filming, although continue working as Danny’s detailer, but it was reported that he also stopped working at the auto shop.

Lost a lot of money due to stolen equipment

Sometime in 2017, Roli’s trailer was rumored to have been stolen along with some expensive detailing equipment; there was talk that after it happened, there was a rift between him and the other employees in the shop. Some of the fans said that it could be the reason why he left, since he wasn’t in a comfortable working environment anymore.

An embezzlement controversy

A Las Vegas online newspaper reported in 2016 that Count’s Kustoms filed a lawsuit against a former employee due to embezzlement of company funds. At first, there were no names mentioned, so inevitably people started pointing fingers and making blatant accusations on social media against those who were no longer in the show. Some of them thought it was Roli, and others thought it was Scott Jones, the former bookkeeper.

No one could blame the fans since the executive producers as well as the cast never released any official statement as to why certain people left the show for good. Eventually, it was revealed that it was a guy from the accounting department named Joseph Frontiera who took $75,000 from the shop’s coffers. Some of the money was traced to a car dealer because Joseph made a down payment for a new car and some of it was also traced to an airline company where it was used to pay for airline tickets. He also created a mess with the income tax payments of the shop that led them to shell out extra money to pay for corresponding penalties associated with late payments to the IRS.

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What really happened to Roli Szabo?

After Roli left the reality TV show, he started to become active on social media with his personal accounts. Some fans badgered him to explain why he was no longer in “Counting Cars,” and all he would say was that he was still doing car detailing and would post photos about it. While he was quite polite and accommodating to fans, he never addressed the question even if the fans were egging him to spill the dirt – if any – on his former boss and co-workers. Due to his non-committal answers, fans surmised that he left because he wanted to pursue his own business and develop his own brand. He even went to a training facility somewhere in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada to further enhance his detailing skills. However, it wasn’t smooth sailing for Roli, as he was involved in a few incidents including breaking his leg, which made his life quite challenging, but he managed to turn everything into something positive.

Lost clients during the Covid-19 pandemic

Initially, after Roli’s stint with the reality TV show, his own detailing services were doing well, and he shared his work on his social media pages. However, when the Covid-19 pandemic started, his business was highly affected. The strict quarantine regulations caused a significant decline in the number of people asking for his services, so he lost many clients. There was a time that he almost gave up, but he persevered. Despite the dire situation, Roli was still posting positive messages to his followers, telling them to stay strong and that everyone would get through the global crisis. He even shared funny videos to get by during the pandemic. From one of his Twitter posts, ‘We all can use some laugh right?! If you haven’t seen it yet, you must watch and listen 😂.’

Went back to work with his brother

When Roli’s detailing business was down, he focused his energy on working with Rajmund Szabo’s delivery and logistics business, Exclusive Express, Inc., and thanked his brother for helping him during his time of need. They both started the business in 2001, and in fact, Roli served as the Vice President and co-owner of the company from September 2001 to July 2005,  at which time he moved to Las Vegas. He posted in July 2020 on his Facebook account, that he was manning the Bay Area branch. ‘Thank Him, I can still make $ during this difficult COVID19 time!!’

A relationship ended and he moved places

Sometime during the pandemic, Roli posted that he underwent a break-up, and fans assumed it was with his former girlfriend, Tiffini DeNoon, who had a four-year-old daughter. He shared that he moved from one place to another just to survive. Some of his fans believed that it was a bitter break-up based on some cryptic posts in Tiffini’s Facebook account although she never mentioned Roli’s name. There was no direct public exchange of bitter messages towards each other, but just like most couples who broke-up, they removed all photos and posts about the time they were still together. There were just a few that remained in Roli’s timeline.

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His Instagram was hacked

In February 2023, Roli posted on Twitter that he had been upset for more than a year already, because his personal Instagram account was hacked, and everything in his profile was changed. He tried asking for help in the social media app’s customer service but he said he couldn’t find a human customer service representative to help him recover his account. However, he said that he wouldn’t give up trying to get it back. He also shared that some unscrupulous people never got tired of setting up a Facebook account on his behalf, but he would continuously report them and publicly.denounce the fake accounts.

A wedding in Las Vegas

Indeed, time heals all wounds, as Roli surprised everyone by marrying a single mother named Jamie Englebretson on 28 November 2020 in Las Vegas. His new wife worked at the automotive equipment company Edwards and Sons for almost a decade in Los Angeles, California. Based on their social media posts, they supported each other’s endeavors and they seemed to be very happy with the relationship.

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Roli Szabo continued to surprise his fans by being resilient and happy after all the obstacles that came his way, especially after his stint with “Counting Cars.” While it seemed that he didn’t have a relationship at all with his former co-stars in the TV show, based on their social media pages, he never said anything bad about them and the show. In fact, for several months after leaving, he continued to promote it on Twitter and Facebook. His recent posts were all appreciative for the greetings he received on his birthday this May 2023. His wife even posted a Facebook reel on the 19th showing Roli preparing a set list because he would be the DJ during his birthday celebration in Las Vegas that weekend. It seemed that everything has been great in Roli Szabo’s life these days.

As the Managing Editor at The Legit, I direct a dynamic team dedicated to creating rich content that profiles the lives and accomplishments of influential figures. My commitment to detail and storytelling drives the production of biographies that truly engage our audience. I manage all aspects of the editorial process, from conducting thorough research to crafting vivid narratives, all while ensuring the accuracy and quality of our work. At The Legit, our goal is to offer our readers comprehensive profiles that provide deep insights into the realms of business, entertainment, and more. Through diligent research and engaging storytelling, we highlight the exceptional journeys and achievements of those who both inspire and intrigue us.

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What happened between Chumlee and Rick Harrison?

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It’s been a long ride for the guys at “Pawn Stars”. Ever since the show’s premiere in 2009, Rick, Corey, “Old Man” Richard and Chumlee have gained not only international fame for their entertaining TV personas but also for their dynamics and inventive but effective ways of managing their family’s business, turning the show into one of the biggest successes of reality TV over the last two decades.

Though “Pawn Stars” has kept its relevance in the entertainment world, the many controversies, personal problems, and illegal misgivings surrounding its stars have made us more aware than ever that not everything we see on screen should be taken at face value.

So what are the secrets behind “Pawn Stars”? Have some issues arisen between Rick and Chumlee? And what are they up to nowadays? Stay here to discover all!

What Happened Between Them?

One of the things which make “Pawn Stars” stand out from other history-related reality shows is that its stars have great chemistry with each other, even at times when they don’t seem to get along well. That applies to Chumlee and Rick Harrison, with the latter often disapproving of Chumlee’s business choices and judgment when it came to appraising some items in the shop, turning it into one of the most popular on-going jokes in “Pawn Stars”.

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However, it doesn’t matter how rocky the relationship between Chumlee and Rick seemed on screen, the truth is that the men are good friends, and respect each other quite a lot: ‘I’ve worked with Chumlee for almost 20 years. We’re really good friends, and he’s like family,’ as Rick admitted in a 2020 interview with Blaze.

Similar praise towards Rick came from Chumlee’s side in the same interview: ‘He’s a good boss, you know, a good father figure’, he affirmed.

Given how well Rick and Chumlee get along when “Pawn Stars” cameras aren’t recording, both men are often seen posing side by side on social media, or promoting each other’s businesses, making it clear how well they get along with each other even away from the workplace.

What Is Their New Show About?

Not only are Chumlee and Rick Harrison good pals, but they also keep working perfectly well in their original show, and spin-offs such as “Pawn Stars Do America”.

Premiered in late 2022, this new spin-off is a take on the old “Pawn Stars” concept. taking Rick, Corey and Chumlee out of the Las Vegas-based World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop, to tour several cities around the US in search of new adventures and exciting collectible items.

While “Pawn Stars Do America” has similarities to the original show, this spin-off allows our favorite pawners to meet lots of people from different paths in life, getting to know their stories as much as the items they hold dear, even though their appraisals don’t always end up in deals.

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Regarding the process of making “Pawn Stars Do America” possible, Chumlee confessed to the Las Vegas Review-Journal that the show’s first season took around seven months filming, keeping them on the road for several weeks every time. Between those periods, the crew continued filming the original “Pawn Stars” show and managed their other business as well.

Despite the challenges faced by the crew, there’s no doubt that the great work dynamics of their stars is what makes these shows work so well.

How Did Rick and Chumlee Meet?

Given the family-business nature of World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop, it’s normal that people assume that Chumlee and Rick Harrison are related somehow, though this isn’t true at all. As it happens, Chumlee, whose real name is Austin Lee Russell, met the Harrison family through Corey, who was his childhood rival-turned-friend back in the day.

Years passed and Chumlee inevitably became acquainted with Corey’s father Rick and grandfather Richard. At some point in his early 20s, Chumlee was working as a McDonald’s assistant, but was approached by Rick to manage a restaurant franchise he acquired in the early 2000s. Right after accepting his new restaurant job, Chumlee also joined the pawn shop as a staff member, working full-time between both businesses, taking no vacations or breaks for several months.

It didn’t take long before Rick sold the restaurant again, but at that point, Chumlee was more than well acquainted with the pawn shop, as he recalled in an interview with Blaze in 2020. He worked behind the counter for several years, before in 2009 a Leftfield Picture producer chose the World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop as the focus of a then-new TV show entitled “Pawn Stars”, and the rest is history.

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What Is Chumlee Doing Now?

Besides appearing in “Pawn Stars” and its related shows, Chumlee is focused on a variety of personal projects. His business Chumlee’s Candy on the Boulevard was opened in 2017, and lists a wide variety of products fitting to its owner’s taste.

Given how Chumlee’s Candy is located near the Pawn Plaza owned by Rick Harrison, it’s unsurprising to know that the shop not only serves as a candy provider, but also is a tourist attraction for those “Pawn Stars”s fans who go to Las Vegas looking for a chance to meet Chumlee and his fellow co-stars.

Later in 2023, Chumlee launched his second business called Chumlee’s Awesome Jerky, a salted meat snack brand. As Chumlee told The Las Vegas Review-Journal, a long and thoughtful process went behind the brand to create good and compelling products for this new enterprise, which isn’t by far the only business he’s tried so far.

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Also in recent years, Chumlee has been pursuing his passion as a Pokemon card collector, even opening a side Instagram account under the name Chumlee Trading Card Collector, allowing him to easily manage the best deals in the business and connect with other collectors.

All in all, Chumlee’s life is going as well as ever.

What Is Rick Harrison Doing Now?

Managing several businesses while also being a world-wide known reality TV star, somehow Rick Harrison manages to do both very well. The initial family business has grown quite a lot in recent years, thanks partly to the opening of Pawn Plaza, a retail center located right next to the World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop in Las Vegas.

Besides renting commercial spaces for local businesses and Chumlee’s Candy, some of Rick’s businesses such as his barbeque restaurant and bar can be found at Pawn Plaza.

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While Rick is doing more than well in the financial aspect, he’s gone through some rough personal situations recently. As it happens, in early 2022 Rick’s mother Joanne sued him for allegedly not providing her with complete financial information and documentation about her shares in the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop, of which she inherited 49% percent when her husband Richard died in 2018. She also claimed that Rick pushed her to sell him 51% of her shares in the company back in the early 2000s, though in response Rick affirmed that someone was ‘manipulating’ his mother to make those serious claims.

The situation hit a new low when in March 2022 Joanne filed a restraining order against Rick, but it’s unclear if they were able to fix their personal and financial issues after that.

The Show & The Future

It’s been a couple of great times for “Pawn Stars” and its cast. Besides the premiere of the spin-off “Pawn Stars Do America” in 2022, the original show achieved an important milestone by celebrating its 10th anniversary on TV with the premiere of its 16th season in 2019.

A decade is a long time in the TV programming world, but the excitement about “Pawn Stars” hasn’t faded at all, averaging over 1.2 million viewers per season, according to TV Insider.

Added to that, the enjoyment from the cast of “Pawn Stars” hasn’t decreased either, as admitted by Chumlee himself: ‘It’s been fun forever but these last few seasons, we’re all having such a good time and I think comes across in the episodes. It just keeps getting better,’, he told Blaze in 2020.

Even though it’s unclear what the future has in store for the show, there’s no way to deny that it owes huge parts of its success to the great dynamics between the cast, and the stable and wholesome friendships they’ve built over the years. That includes Chumlee, Rick, Corey, and everyone else who has ever been involved with “Pawn Stars”.

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Why Did John Hennessey Want to Punch a “Top Gear” Producer? What happened?

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John Hennessey, a name already etched in the annals of the automotive industry, found himself in the eye of a media storm following a contentious encounter with a producer from the popular UK television series “Top Gear.” This incident, which took place in 2014, unfolded during the production of the episode entitled “Rescuing Richard From Lone Wolf Mountain” in the rugged terrains of Canada.

The episode featured Jeremy Clarkson, a legendary and controversial figure in the world of automotive television, behind the wheel of a Hennessey VelociRaptor. The vehicle is essentially a Ford Raptor that had been given a significant performance boost by Hennessey’s own company, Hennessey Performance.

As the creator of the machine in question, Hennessey was naturally involved in the filming process. However, as is the case with numerous “Top Gear” episodes to date, the production was not without its challenges and subsequent high tensions.

Hennessey was instructed from the outset to maintain a distance from the hosts, and was initially informed that he and his team weren’t permitted to ascend the mountain during the filming. This directive created a palpable tension between Hennessey and the producers, and he even contemplated withdrawing his support if any technical issues arose throughout the shoot.

Despite the initial friction, the producers eventually relented and allowed Hennessey and his team to participate more actively in the filming process. The episode was successfully shot without any major hitches, leading fans to believe that, at least this time, everything was fine on the set of “Top Gear.”

However, it was in the weeks following the shoot that a notorious altercation between Jeremy Clarkson and the producer, Oisin Tymon, took place. This incident was by far one of the most defining moments of “Top Gear,” as it permanently changed the series by taking all three of its key personalities out of the equation.

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A new, slower “Top Gear”

The incident, often referred to as ‘steakgate,’ saw Clarkson physically assault Oisin Tymon, over being unable to order sirloin steak at a hotel in North Yorkshire, and led to Tymon needing hospital treatment. The BBC, which aired “Top Gear,” conducted an internal investigation and subsequently decided not to renew Clarkson’s contract, effectively ending his tenure on the show.

The repercussions of this incident were far-reaching, as Jeremy wasn’t only the signature celebrity of the series, but also its creator, alongside Andy William. His departure from the show led to its co-presenters, Richard Hammond and James May, also going out the door.

The trio had been the face of Top Gear for over a decade, and their departure marked the end of a glorious era, during which millions upon millions of car enthusiasts all around the world got hooked on the content made unique through the exhilarating friendship and expertise of Clarkson, Hammond and May.

The show eventually continued with new presenters, but it understandably struggled to replicate the success it had enjoyed under the grand three. Numerous fans felt that there was no longer a point in watching “Top Gear,” since the series virtually didn’t exist without its signature faces.

A faster Clarkson

In spite of what some believed, the incident did not mark the end of Clarkson’s career in television, but in fact provided the means for a new beginning. Amazon, seeing an opportunity, signed Clarkson, Hammond and May for a new motoring show, “The Grand Tour.” The series premiered in November 2016, following a similar format to “Top Gear” but with a larger budget and fewer restrictions. It immediately proved to be yet another one of Jeff Bezos’ commercial successes, attracting millions of viewers worldwide, and receiving positive reviews from critics.

That said, the incident had a significant impact on Clarkson’s public image. Known for his controversial and often divisive opinions, Jeremy was now also associated with physical violence. Despite the negative PR, his popularity did not seem to wane significantly, as many fans followed him from one series to the other, and he continued to be a prominent figure in the world of motoring television.

BBC in the crosshairs of alt-left liberals

The incident also sparked a discussion about workplace behavior, and the treatment of staff in the television industry. The BBC was criticized for its handling of the situation, with some arguing that Clarkson should have been dismissed immediately after the altercation. However, others praised the corporation for conducting a thorough investigation, and ultimately holding Clarkson accountable for his actions.

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The vast majority, however, simply wanted to keep watching the “Top Gear” they knew and loved, but BBC had to please the Twitter and Instagram social justice warriors, ultimately opting for what equates to the rating suicide of the series. In a manner of speaking, BBC shot themselves in the foot, and surrendered “Top Gear” to Jeff Bezos.

The reason for the outrage was the fact that Oisin ended up actually requiring medical intervention, as his lip had been cut open by Clarkson’s fists. On top of that, Jeremy called the producer a ‘lazy, Irish c**t,’ which, in spite of not being such, could’ve easily been interpreted as a disparaging remark on the grounds of racial differences, and it immediately was.

Suddenly, in the depths of liberal interwebs, Jeremy Clarkson was a violent, physically abusing racist who, using his position as the creator, and Caucasian origins, gave himself the right to treat someone without any semblance of humanity. This was far from the truth, but the pressure on BBC was too high.

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Smacked into court

To top everything off, Tymon decided to take legal action against both Clarkson and the BBC, alleging racial discrimination and personal injury. The lawsuit sought damages believed to be in excess of £100,000 ($140,000). The Central London Employment Tribunal oversaw the proceedings, with both Tymon’s lawyers and the BBC in attendance.

It was eventually settled in February 2016, with Clarkson issuing a public apology to Tymon, thereby expressing remorse for the incident and its aftermath, as well as acknowledging that Oisin was not at fault. The settlement was believed to be for more than the initially sought amount, with both Clarkson and the BBC contributing towards it.

In terms of the audience, the incident and its aftermath led to a shift in viewing habits for many fans of motoring television, notably an uncomfortable one. Those who had enjoyed Clarkson, Hammond and May in “Top Gear,” without any extra costs aside from the television bill, now had to subscribe to Amazon Prime to watch “The Grand Tour.” This marked a significant move in the television industry, with a major show moving from a traditional ’free’ broadcaster to a streaming service.

The conclusion

The skirmish between Clarkson and Tymon was the culmination of long working hours, high stress levels, and a disagreement over a very trivial matter. Jeremy Clarkson is not generally known for being a violent physical abuser, and has never had that intense of an incident before or after Oisin. It’s thus unreasonable to conclude that the creator of “Top Gear” had to be fired by the BBC as someone who they couldn’t work with anymore.

Many fans have also pointed out the fact that Oisin should’ve simply acquiesced to Jeremy’s request, since as the main driver of the series that was providing Oisin his livelihood, Clarkson, after a very long day’s work, deserved whatever he may have liked to eat.

Compared to what the creator and co-host has to do on the set every day of the filming, procuring a slab of meat isn’t even worthy of being called a task. Of course, the media is in the dark about Oisin’s activities that day, and it could well be that some force of nature found itself right between him and a sirloin steak.

Regardless, most people agree that the incident could’ve easily been avoided through a number of means, and that its ultimate outcome is probably the worst thing that could’ve happened to both “Top Gear” and the BBC, while Clarkson and his two best friends will always have a place under most people’s roofs.

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Hennessey completely agrees with Clarkson

John fully defended Jeremy in a no-holds-barred interview with Joe Rogan on his podcast “The Joe Rogan Experience,” divulging several key details that shed crucial light on what truly happened behind the closed doors of BBC production.

Rogan, who is also a passionate vehicle collector, was the perfect host for Hennessey, given his love for hand-crafted sports cars and high-performance trucks. His garage boasts numerous desirable examples, such Gunther Werks’ Porsche 911 and Hennessey’s VelociRaptor 600.

The conversation eventually veered towards their past careers, with both sharing anecdotes and experiences from their respective journeys. Hennessey, who started his career modifying and tuning performance cars, talked about his road to becoming the CEO of a company known for its high-performance vehicles.

Rogan, on the other hand, shared his experiences from his diverse career, which spans stand-up comedy, acting, and hosting television shows, in addition to his successful podcast. It was through this sharing of invaluable information that the two eventually touched on what happened that fateful month.

Why he also wanted to punch Oisin

He explained that the producer in question wasn’t only brash with Clarkson, but that his dismissive and agitating behavior has always been a problem, making it only a matter of time before someone would get completely sick of the treatment. In John’s case, it started during the filming of the aforementioned episode, when Oisin came off rather crude and controlling.

First of all, he made sure to tell John not to spend too much time around the stars of the show, implying that his presence was so insignificant it would endanger the ratings of the episode. He was subsequently told that he’d be unable to follow the crew to the mountain, even though they would be driving a vehicle that he produced.

John was understandably annoyed at this point, and told the producer that he was fine with not going, as long as he wouldn’t be bothered about anything that could possibly go wrong with the vehicle. Realizing the risk of the potential predicament, Oisin finally changed his mind and requested that Hennessey accompany them after all.

While most producers would feel fortunate for being able to co-operate with such significant names in the industry, Tymon showed a blatant disregard for John’s grandiosity and boundless expertise, to the point of being brash enough to treat him like a random, unknown individual who would only be a nuisance on the set.

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As a result, John told Rogan that he too would’ve punched Tymon had he been in Clarkson’s situation, according to the negative personal history he had accumulated with the producer by that point. Hennessey was clear in stating that to him, Oisin wasn’t a pleasant person to work with, which can greatly exacerbate the stress of a long day’s work.

However, it’s crucial to underscore that no physical confrontation between Hennessey and the producer ever took place, making the only perceptible infraction on John’s part the fact that he said he would’ve punched Oisin too. His admission only served to further bolster the idea that was already rampant on social media, which is that Clarkson didn’t do anything wrong, and that the producer was to blame for everything.

Being a significant departure from Hennessey’s usual dealings, his willingness to physically harm someone sheds light on the pressures and tensions that can arise during the production of a highly acclaimed TV show, especially one like “Top Gear,” which had approximately 360 million concurrent viewers at the time of the incident.

What happened to Oisin?

It would be an understatement to say that Oisin negatively impacted his career by being having been insufferable towards Clarkson, as his time in the limelight since then has produced worse results than not having done a project at all.

Immediately after the scandal, The Guardian reported that Tymon suffered significant backlash on social media, as millions upon millions of Clarkson’s to-the-grave supporters took to their keyboards to bash both BBC and Tymon, outraged at the idea that their favorite series as they knew it was practically ending.

Oisin may have enjoyed a decent sum from the subsequent court proceedings, but some would argue that no amount of money is enough to cover the anguish and embarrassment that his rudeness on the job eventually caused through the reaction of the masses.

After the fiasco had boiled over, Tymon failed to find a place in the entertainment industry for over four years, after which he made the abysmal decision of supporting a project that was doomed from the get-go. Some have theorized that this was the only title he was able to work on, and so it was actually his only choice.

In 2019 Oisin wrote, directed, and was the executive producer for the 10-episode reality TV series entitled “The Great Travel Hack,” which performed abysmally upon release. Neither of its two seasons managed to garner a significant viewership, and its rating on IMDB is only 3.5 out of 10, with only 36 individuals having rated it by mid-2023.

So, while Clarkson is busy earning millions and still shaping the automotive media world, Oisin seems to be kicking the dead horse that his entertainment industry career has turned into through his own fault….and that is how that story went.

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What is Kevin Skinner up to today?

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From musicians, singers, dancers and magicians, “America’s Got Talent” has been uninterruptedly giving us many magnificent performances and unforgettable stars throughout its almost two decades on air.

One of the performers who we can’t seem to forget after so long is Kevin Skinner, the farm man turned country singer who not only won the competition’s fourth season, but also became an unerasable memory for fans of the show.

While there’s no way to deny Kevin’s talent and the stage presence he showcased back during his “America’s Got Talent” appearances, these days he’s less talked about for his talent, and more for his prolonged and worrisome absence from the entertainment world.

So what is Kevin up to nowadays? Stay here to know it all!

Where Is Kevin Skinner Now?

Unfortunately, not much is known about Kevin Skinner’s current whereabouts. Despite the fame and acclaim he gained upon his “America’s Got Talent” victory in 2009, Kevin stayed active for a while and even released two albums before he strayed away from the public spotlight.

In 2014, it was reported that he had been going through some emotional issues and depression, but no further information was given about his well-being. Several years passed, during which not only did Kevin not perform or release any new music, but his social media stayed inactive as well.

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Later in 2020, Kevin’s Facebook was updated with the message ‘Thanks for believing in me when even sometimes this dream seemed impossible’, leaving the rest of the post seemingly incomplete. That was the latest update about Kevin posted to date, unsurprisingly worrying his fans for the lack of news from him or his family.

So where is Kevin now? The answer to that question is unfortunately unknown, but there’s nothing else for us, but to wish that Kevin is alright, even if he’s away from the spotlight.

Personal Issues

Kevin Skinner’s prolonged disappearance from public life is sad news for everyone who fell in love with his voice and personality during his “America’s Got Talent” performances. However, this situation was the result of long-lasting personal problems which ultimately took a toll on him only a couple of years after rising to fame.

The first signs that something wasn’t right with Kevin’s career started in 2012, when he canceled several scheduled shows without much of an explanation. After that, his career entered a prolonged hiatus, and not much about Kevin’s whereabouts was known for a time until he reportedly went missing in early November 2014.

According to RadarOnline, Kevin suffered a fall in unknown circumstances near his home in Graves County, in southwest Kentucky. It was Kevin himself who called his family for help, and they in exchange reported the accident to the Kentucky State Police, but Kevin was nowhere to be found.

Kevin was eventually found after a Golden Alert was emitted by authorities, and afterwards underwent a medical examination. As one friend revealed to RadarOnline at the time, Kevin had been suffering from depression caused by his sudden divorce a couple of years prior, but further details about his family situation or whether he was receiving any medical treatment weren’t revealed at the time.

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Participation In The Show

Besides the fact that he’s wildly talented, Kevin Skinner’s likable personality was one of the reasons which instantly gained him the hearts of “America’s Got Talent” audiences.

Since his audition for the show, it was evident that he was different from any of his fellow contestants. Though most people didn’t expect the simple-looking man with the Southern accent to impress anyone with his performance, Kevin achieved the unimaginable by delivering a perfect and emotional rendition of “If Tomorrow Never Comes” by Garth Brooks, immediately gaining standing ovations from the audience and judge David Hasselhoff.

The three ‘yes’ from the judges were soon to come, and Kevin was sent to the Vegas Round, though the lasting impression from his audition gained him an immediate pass to the quarter-finals without performing. His next appearances saw him performing “Make You Feel My Love” by Bob Dylan, effectively gaining a pass to the semi-finals with it.

Kevin’s following performances were of Brenda Lee’s “Always On My Mind”, and later “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” by Aerosmith, the latter gaining him the approval from audiences to win the competition, a $1 million prize and a headlining show in Las Vegas.

Life After “America’s Got Talent”

Just months after his “America’s Got Talent” win, Kevin Skinner released his first album “Long Ride”, which contained 10 original self-written songs. Although the album was unable to chart in any important music list, Kevin told Roughstock about his happiness at releasing music with which he felt a personal connection: ‘More than half of them songs are from things that happened to me over the years. It’s just music that I feel like a lot of people can relate to’, he said.

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Besides the impressive fact of debuting in the music industry, Kevin also enjoyed the good things which an “America’s Got Talent” winner deserves, such as visiting Los Angeles and Las Vegas for the first time, along with opening a show for country music legend George Jones, and many others.

Kevin also performed in important TV shows such as “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and “The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien”, along with releasing his first and only music video to date, entitled “Like It’s the Last Goodbye”, from his first album. The year 2011 also saw him releasing “Kevin Skinner: Live And Unplugged”, but at that point, his public appearances had already started decreasing.

Recognition

Despite having not much time before fading away from the spotlight, Kevin Skinner is still remembered to this day as one of the most charming contestants to ever set foot on the “America’s Got Talent” stage.

Though at the time of his victory news portals such as Entertainment Weekly claimed he wasn’t a ‘Vegas performer’, and criticized the dismissal of other acts by the public, judge Piers Morgan affirmed that Kevin’s win was a reflection of the audience’s appreciation for common people with talent: ‘They voted for him, because they recognized one of themselves,’ he told Zap2it.

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The audiences’ appreciation for Kevin is so massive, that even so many years after his TV victory and subsequent disappearance from the public spotlight, they still actively leave supporting messages on his Facebook page. As well, songs from Kevin’s studio album “Long Ride” such as the leading single “Like It’s the Last Goodbye”, have amassed over 200,000 streams to date.

While it’d surely be great to see him getting back to music sometime in the future, there’s no doubt that Kevin Skinner’s music won’t be forgotten by his fans any time soon.

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