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The Untold Truth About Overhaulin’ – And The Reason Why It’s Ended

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Although “Overhaulin'” was beloved by fans for four years on TLC and three more on Discovery Network’s Velocity, it seemed done and dusted after it ended on 18 November 2015. While the network never canceled it, they gave the show a bittersweet ending by featuring a star-studded cast of guests such as Johnny Depp, Amber Heard and Shaquille O’Neal.

Chip Foose, the main mechanic and the owner of Foose Design, Inc., the company behind the designs and work, returned briefly for an unofficial 10th season in 12 episodes between November 2019 and July 2020, exclusively available via the MotorTrend.com website. While dedicated fans loved its return, the show wasn’t a revival; this production company focused on advertising on-demand access to all previous seasons. Therefore, they likely wanted to boost the catalog’s popularity with new episodes. But why did “Overhaulin'” go off the air when Chip’s company is still hectically working on cars today? We analyzed the reasons it ended.

The show wasn’t profitable enough

Most fans forget that “Overhaulin'” was one of many automotive reality TV shows in the 2000s, and that the TV networks were still testing the format. TLC gave it a few years to find its footing and start racking up cash, but ultimately did not see a return on its investment, and the show went off the air in 2008. It was clear to everyone that the same problems plagued the revival season, and most issues persisted until the last episode.

Keeping the format similar attracts loyal fans and reduces risks, since the show has a proven track record. However, tweaks in the show’s deadlines and project funding, unfeasible for a show with over 110 episodes, could have kept it going. Finally, the brief second revival didn’t garner the overwhelming support the producers required to greenlight another season.

Some people disliked Chip because of Boyd

Chip alienated potential watchers before his show aired. Anyone familiar with his story knows that Boyd Coddington employed him; Boyd was the star of “American Hot Rod,” which aired concurrently with Chip’s show but went off the air in 2007, a year before Boyd died.

Their issues were unresolved; Chip worked for him between 1990 and 1998 and started his own company after Boyd filed for bankruptcy. Thus, he began to produce designs inspired by what Boyd taught him, which his former boss disliked. Moreover, Chip’s attitude, knowledge, and ability to encourage camaraderie attracted his former co-workers. Therefore, they moved tp work for him instead of staying with Boyd through thick and thin.

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Chip clashed with Richard from Gas Monkey Garage

Chip generally got along with fellow car enthusiasts and professionals, allowing them to promote themselves in the show. One such professional was Richard Rawlings, who promoted Gas Monkey Garage, his car parts, overhauling and tuning shop. However, his marketer, Stephen Andrews, started posting the episode across many car forums when it aired, then filmed a separate promotional video.

The push was overwhelming, and viewers disliked the immature humor and deemed it sacrilegious to the industry and the show. Consequently, Discovery removed the episode from the schedule and never aired it again. Chip and Ryan settled their differences,  and had mutual respect; Richard called him ‘one of the goats (greatest of all time) in the car game’ in October 2021. However, that didn’t change from Ryan’s Discovery-produced show “Fast N’ Loud” being a competitor to Chip. It was even more successful, airing 155 episodes in 16 seasons and several specials, and spawning two spin-offs, “Misfit Garage” and “Fast N’ Loud: Demolition Theater.” Thus, his popularity affected Chip’s ability to keep his show on the air.

Cast members were overworked

Viewers are used to extended time limits, fast-forwards, and recapitulations in reality TV shows. However, “Overhaulin'” remained faithful to the advertised eight-day rebuild. That meant everyone, including designers, mechanics and couriers who delivered parts, worked quickly and efficiently to get things done. According to many cast members, they worked over 150 hours on each car, and survived on four to five hours sleep a night.

Unsurprisingly, despite their claims that neither of them disliked such a brutal work pace, oversights happened from time to time. Also, the production company likely pushed them too far, eventually limiting the number of episodes per season they could film without hiring a second team.

Chip was equally tired, claiming that he experienced burnout by the time the third season aired. According to him, his company finished almost a car per week, totaling 29 cars in nine months within the first five years of filming. Unsurprisingly, he wanted to slow down, and figured that finishing one car every three weeks would be ideal. While that meant everyone could get some sleep, and the work quality would improve, the producers evidently weren’t pleased.

Cars required low-cost or donated parts

Supplying working parts that looked good was a crucial problem the producers had to solve, especially as they had to be priced reasonably, arrive on time, and obviously fit the vehicles. As a reminder, vehicles were predominantly several decades old and thus no longer in production. Luckily, the producers found companies willing to donate or sell car parts cheaply in exchange for exposure in the show. Nonetheless, constantly receiving a critical contribution at the last minute stressed everyone. It also frequently forced Chip to change the design, so compromising the initial plan, reducing the overhaul’s quality, and therefore the car’s value.

Additionally, while most viewers understood why the show had to do it, they felt that the products wouldn’t be Chip’s first choice. After all, the show chose them because the companies agreed to sponsor the show, hoping for extra sales. Thus, some viewers saw it as producers taking whatever was available, instead of picking products with the best quality.

Not everyone loved the concept

Although the result was almost always overwhelming happiness, the targets or “marks” were stressed for eight days – they were convinced their valuable possessions were gone and unlikely to return. Moreover, the producers had to notify the mark’s family, circle of friends, and law enforcement upfront, since any of them, alongside the mark, could file a police report.

While it may have been funny to watch someone snap at first, it quickly became a hurtful part of the episode. While the concept eventually changed in response to feedback, the risks to mental and physical health reduced the show’s initial viewership and ratings. Thus, fewer people returned for the Discovery revival, expecting to see the same tactics.

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Marks were left in a precarious situation

Most people forget that the mark has to care for the car after the overhaul. That means that they have to pay taxes on the new valuation, which can rise by 50 percent from the initial one. Since many marks keep their cars in a garage and only do minor work and maintenance in their free time, paying the difference may be impossible for some. While the person who signs them up is made aware that they are liable for federal, state and local taxes, the recipient of the car may not agree.

The allure of making money from a previously unwanted or average car is also strong. Therefore, many marks decide to sell the car at auction, covering the taxes and other fees. That way, they can drive their dream car in top shape for a while before putting extra money in their pocket. Although unfair to Chip and the team, the decision is logical, especially after they hear about success stories. For instance, a decommissioned Hummer that CNN used in Iraq, called “Warrior One,” was in disrepair and hardly worth a penny in 2006. That was until Chip and the team got their hands on it. Afterwards, it sold for $25 million at a Barrett-Jackson auction. Although the unbelievably high proceeds went to The Fisher House Foundation, such an example tempted the marks.

The cast made some cars worse

While the stringent eight-day deadline was actual, for the reasons mentioned above, the cars they handed over to their owners weren’t always ‘complete.’ Some marks complained that their beloved vehicles had poorly done paint jobs, scratches, mechanical issues and required heavy tune-ups afterward. However, the show’s producers were committed to fixing those things after the cameras stopped rolling.

Additionally, in rare cases, the car in its initial state was more valuable than the restored one because of the original parts, appearance, or interior. With exceptions, cars must preserve their chassis to keep their identity and history; replacing some parts raises the question of whether the vehicle is still original. That’s a thought experiment applicable to other objects, and is the topic of an unanswered Ship of Theseus paradox. Plus, all cars carried sentimental value, and marks may have wanted to preserve their condition because they treated them as heirlooms. If so, the cast didn’t do them a favor, and the upgrades made things worse.

Even when that wasn’t the case, the crew sometimes messed up. Most fans remember the Oldsmobile 442 from the second season. Although joyriding was forbidden, the team blew off some steam by ‘testing the overhaul.’ They did donuts in the parking lot before taking it to the freeway. After the car overheated, they power-washed the engine, damaging the finishes, and letting water enter the oiling system, and frying the electronics when they started the vehicle. Unsurprisingly, the owner noticed and complained, and while the crew solved the problem afterward, it still marred their reputation.

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Candidate choices were drying up

Chip Foose and the team received an overwhelming number of submissions over the years. What’s surprising is that he still does; thus, he has to clarify that reaching out to his company with a project is not an application for his show. That said, only a few candidate applications were actually suitable back in the day. Even if Chip wanted to help, the producers called all the shots – they needed to find a person with a car ideal for the show. If the car was extremely rare, the mark’s personality and the car type didn’t matter as much. However, such vehicles only appeared a few times yearly, with high demand, and many weren’t in California. Moreover, the competition, including private buyers and other TV shows, didn’t have a tight budget and conditions.

Therefore, the producers usually looked for a mark with a touching story, a charismatic personality, or an attitude that made them flip out when the car was in the shop. Unsurprisingly, there’s a limited number of such candidates, and many don’t know the show exists, or lack a family member or friend to sign them up.

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Most people disliked the celebrity cast

Fans felt the lack of good marks toward the end, when the producers brought in celebrities, with largely mundane cars, to draw interest. While fans appreciated that the producers tried to boost the show’s popularity, they criticized them for bypassing the familiar format. Money was the most significant issue; the booking fee for a celebrity likely cost as much as purchasing a car.

Plus, they felt the choice could be better; with a few exceptions, celebrities seemingly didn’t know much about their cars and bought them to be cool or use them as investments. They didn’t look overly passionate, either, because they could have tuned up their vehicles at any moment. Thus, to keep going, the episodes needed the heartwarming element of Chip and his team fulfilling someone’s life-long wish.

The drama was fabricated

Outside of the drama surrounding tricking the mark, and convincing them that their car was destroyed, stolen, or taken by a tow truck, nothing overly emotional actually happened. Chip and his crew members stated that they appeared in the show to do what they loved. According to them, they wanted to share their passion with a broader audience, and do something special for someone who loves old cars.

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As mentioned, everyone had to work in unison to complete such a dramatic project in eight days – they all enjoyed working with Chip and each other. Because they had no time to argue or fight, the producers’ suggestions, combined with the exhaustion and stress of such a short overhauling stint, produced the minimal drama that was broadcast. That was undoubtedly bad for the reality TV series genre, which thrives on emotionally-charged conflict.

Other car shows dominated “Overhaulin'”

Viewers also know that the rising competent rival shows from TLC, Discovery, and other media networks also contributed to the demise of the revived “Overhaulin’.” They could watch dozens of shows starting in the early 2010s, including “Fast N’ Loud,” “Misfit Garage,” “FantomWorks,” and “Counting Cars.” That reduced the viewership and ratings; people could criticize and move on, instead of clinging to one of the several choices.

While the show spearheaded the format of automotive reality TV, others have evidently learned from their mistakes, and chosen a less pricey premise. They didn’t struggle to find screen-worthy marks, stay under budget, and deliver outstanding results on a tight schedule for each car. Therefore, those shows weren’t burning cash and overworking the cast members.

Chip has different priorities

Another critical reason that Chip stopped filming “Overhaulin'” was that he’d accomplished his goal. He attracted enough publicity to keep his business afloat after 2015, and is still swamped with work behind the scenes. Moreover, his designs now carry a high value, and he can sell them at eye-watering prices, while having worked on them at his own pace.

Additionally, Chip found someone to fund his philanthropic efforts when he couldn’t do so. Today, he and his team can do car designs for charity, or needy people whose stories he hears. Therefore, he doesn’t have to push himself and his team into consistently cramming a month’s work into eight days.

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The Rise and Fall of “American Hot Rod”: What Went Wrong?

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Boyd Coddington, the creative visionary who elevated hot rodding into an art form, was hailed by many as the “King of Hot Rods”, being largely credited for creating the hot rod craze on the West Coast, with many of his creations reaching legendary status. The Vern Luce Coupe put him on the map, and the CadZZilla was acclaimed as one of the most authentic and original car customizations in the world. He headlined “American Hot Rod” aired on Warner Bros. Discovery-owned TLC and Discovery Channel from 2004 to 2007, ending with his death in 2008.

A brief history of American hot rodding

A hot rod is usually referred to as an American car modified or rebuilt to improve its look and make it unique, as well as to optimize its speed and acceleration; its predecessors were said to be the modified cars used by bootleggers during the Prohibition era to evade the authorities. Hot rods made their first appearance sometime in the 1930s in Southern California, as car enthusiasts raced them on the Mojave Desert’s dry lake beds. Car clubs were formed, and the Southern California Timing Association was established in 1937 to bring them together and organize racing events.

America officially entered World War II in 1941, which put a halt to everything, as those young hot rodders joined the military, and gasoline was rationed. When the war ended, new cars were in short supply; however, the veterans put their mechanical and technical training to good use to modify old cars, and hot rodding became popular again. The Hot Rod Magazine was first published In 1948,, feeding the interest of gearheads and promoting hot rodding on a nationwide scale.

People street raced, which resulted in dangerous situations, sometimes with fatalities. This prompted the creation of the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) as a governing body for hot rodding, to create standards and rules for competitions. In 1963, the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) was formed to bring together original equipment manufacturers, aftermarket manufacturers, distributors, and media.

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Hot rodding as a hobby had waned in the 1960s, and muscle cars designed for high-performance driving and drag racing became the new trend; they were affordable and could outperform old hot rods. However, the 1973 Oil Crisis resulted in a shift of focus by car manufacturers, from performance to fuel efficiency, which caused the resurgence of hot rodding. The Chevy small-block engine became the most popular choice for hot rodders during that period.

In the 1970s, Boyd Coddington began to make a name for himself in building unique hot rods; his work was celebrated by the automotive industry and car enthusiasts from all over.

The Life of Boyd Coddington

Idaho native Boyd Leon Coddington was born on 28 August 1944, to Harold and Lorna Sparrow Coddington – his father was a dairy farmer who later became the owner of a landscaping company when the family moved to Salt Lake City. Even as a young child, Boyd was into cars and hot rods, devouring magazines about them whenever he could. He had an early start designing, constructing, and welding car parts, and got his first truck, a 1931 Chevrolet pickup, when he was still three years shy of legally driving it – it was said that he traded a shotgun to acquire it. Boyd studied to become a machinist at a technical trade school, and was an apprentice for three years at a machine shop.

To pursue his dreams, he moved to Southern California in 1968. He worked the graveyard shift at Disneyland in Anaheim as a machinist, and constructed hot rods during his free time in his home garage. As his skills in improving the look of a car became well-known, it also became his main source of income. He opened his auto shop in 1977 called Hot Rods by Boyd, and his unique style and cutting-edge skills drew people to his shop.

He and Diane Elkins, an industrial nurse, met on a blind date in January 1971, and three months later, they were married. They had two kids together, Christopher and Gregory. Boyd had a son from his first wife, Peggy King, whom he married in 1965 and divorced a few years later – he and Diane divorced in 1996.

He along with his second wife, Diane, and his kids relocated in 1978 to Orange Avenue at Buena Park where he put a 1,000-square-foot garage at the back of the house as his shop. Two months after they moved, he quit his job at Disneyland to focus on hot rod building.

The Billet Movement – Revolutionized the industry

Billet wheels are entirely designed and manufactured using a Computer Numerical Control (CNC) process, meaningt that a machine carved out the whole design and shape. There are plenty of configuration options available for customization, such as different lug nut and back spacing configurations, as well as one-off design patterns.

Master hot rodder John “Lil’ John” Buttera was Boyd’s friend and mentor; they worked together to make custom-fabricated alloy wheels known as billet. When they couldn’t find or buy a part they wanted for their creations, they made one from aluminum. Boyd credited Lil’ John for inventing the billet wheel, machining the first set of wheels and billet parts, but the former took it to another level. He manufactured and marketed billet wheels when he established Boyd Wheels Inc.

The two collaborated often, as Lil’ John did chassis design and machine work on some of Boyd’s early cars. Later on, they were engaged in a one-upmanship game – when Lil’ John built the 1927 Model T Ford sedan, Boyd followed suit and constructed a 1926 T. Lil’ John’s 1929 Ford Model A roadster inspired Boyd to make the “Silver Bullet,” described by Street Rodder Magazine as a ‘striking blend of traditional styling, contemporary rodding and innovation.’

The Vern Luce Coupe – Defined an era of hot rodding

Boyd’s then-wife, Diane, described Vern Luce as a very quiet and unassuming guy, who loved cars and often hung around the shop. One of his sons, Chris, remembered him as the “candy man,” who brought treats whenever he visited, as he owned a candy company. No one would have guessed that the transformation of his 1933 Ford Coupe by Boyd’s crew would create a huge impact that was said to have changed the landscape of hot rodding, with its sleek styling and smooth look.

It set the stage for what would be known as the ‘Boyd Look” in which everything was shaved with no door handles and hinges. The Vern Luce Coupe bagged the Al Slonaker Award in 1981 at the Oakland Roadster Show for its technical excellence. Thom Taylor, a graduating student from Pasadena’s Art Center College of Design at that time, made the design, but it took a team of talented individuals to actually make it happen.

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CadZZilla – A one-of-a-kind car

One of the most iconic auto customizations ever constructed by Boyd was the CadZZilla, commissioned by ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons in 1989. It was designed by one of Cadillac’s head designers, Larry Erickson, and built by metal artisan, Craig Naff. The 1948 Cadillac Sedanette was initially going to be a ‘simple’ customization project but it didn’t quite fit the unique style of the rock band’s guitarist and main vocalist, so further changes were made to the design to make it more revolutionary; Craig then set to work on it. The car featured ‘a chopped roofline, fully welded front clip with a sectioned hood and front fender combination that tilts open in one fell swoop,’ along with ‘Frenched headlights and custom tapering along the sides of the car that flows effortlessly into the lowered and fully blended rear quarters.’

Filed for bankruptcy

Boyd’s businesses had grown so big and successful that they went public in 1995 in an Initial Public Offering on the NASDAQ. However, Boyd filed for personal bankruptcy in 2001, as he lacked the means to pay off debts amounting to $529,000, having listed only $8,800 in assets. The debts were incurred by Hot Rods by Boyd and Boyds Wheels, which went bankrupt three years prior. Although Boyd Wheels reportedly had nearly $30 million in annual sales, it ran out of cash, and its credit line was frozen. Apparently, it ramped up production just when the market dwindled for high-end custom wheels, and its assets were liquidated. Creditors filed a lawsuit against Boyd as they claimed that he used company assets for personal gain, which he denied.

The lawyer for the unsecured creditors was surprised by Boyd’s move, and was suspicious of Boyd Coddington Wheels and Boyd Coddington Garage, the two companies that his son, Boyd Coddington Jr., established. His son said that his father’s financial and legal troubles would not affect these new businesses in any way, shape, or form, as it appeared that Boyd had no stake in them, and only drew a nominal salary.

However, there was some legal dispute over the use of his name in the new ventures. The Automotive Performance Group, which gained control of his previous businesses, sued them for trademark infringement, which was later settled when Body agreed to use his full name instead.

Starting over

Many were surprised when Boyd was seen attending the Street Ride Nationals in Louisville, Kentucky, after his businesses collapsed and his reputation was ruined. Unlike in the past when he had his whole entourage with him, and his trademark hot rods were put on display, this time around, he only brought a small card table on which aluminum car wheels were all laid out. Someone approached him and asked how he could go on, and if he was embarrassed by what happened. Boyd simply told him, ‘A man’s got to do what a man’s got to do.’ and said that he had no intention of quitting.

According to reports, he sold some of his real estate holdings for $1.5 million and his Ferrari for $150,000 to have funds for his new ventures, saying that he wanted to prove that he could still do it. Naturally he encountered obstacles, as some were skeptical about how the new company would fare. While mentioning his name was met with derision, especially from some automotive insiders, it seemed that there were people who still believed in him, or at least his designs. The sales from Boyd Coddington Wheels business had picked up, as it benefited from the resurgence of demand for custom wheels. As for Boyd Coddington Garage, it was fully operational too, and had sold vehicles worth $100,000 to $450,000. By all appearances, it seemed that he was right when he claimed that he was back in the game.

Lil’ John once said that one of the reasons for Boyd’s downfall was that he believed in his own press, that anything with his name on it would sell. However, Boyd claimed that he’d learned from his past mistakes. He said, ‘I learned about the American dream and then about the American nightmare. I’m trying to build the American dream again.’

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Chip Foose and Jesse James began their careers at Boyd’s shop

His auto shop might have had a high turnover rate, but no one could dispute the fact that the hot rods that he built were exceptional. It was said that this was largely due to his team. Boyd had a keen eye for talent, and he made sure that he employed the best in their field. Most notable personalities that worked at his shop included Jesse James of “Monster Garage” and Chip Foose of “Overhaulin’”, long before they gained fame from their own automotive-related reality TV shows.

From what fans could glean from an interview with Chip, in the past it seemed that there was friction between the two guys and that it had something to do with whether Chip was given proper credit for his designs that came out of Boyd’s shop in the 1990s. It was also reported that there were properties that Chip believed to be his that were affected when one of Boyd’s companies went bankrupt. When Boyd died, Chip released a statement that read, ‘I appreciate all of the opportunities Boyd offered me while I worked with him and I owe a large part of my career and success to the great working relationship we had.’ He said that Boyd, who was like a second father to him, allowed all his employees the freedom to create, design and fabricate the best in custom vehicles.

Jesse who had his start at Boyd’s shop had said, ‘He just had the eye for cleanliness and design. The cars that came out of that original hot rod shop were amazing examples of graceful craftsmanship.’

“American Hot Rod”

Boyd’s creativity and personality seemed perfect for a reality television show. The bearded and bespectacled hot rodder was easily recognizable as he regularly donned Hawaiian shirts. He came across as loud, sharp-tongued, and cantankerous, so there was a lot of tension and drama at the shop, especially when deadlines were fast approaching. However, those who knew him and had been in his shop for years said that they had never seen Boyd work like that.

“American Hot Rod” premiered in 2004, and it followed Boyd and his crew as they constructed hot rods and custom cars at his shop in La Habra, California. The creation of one custom car was chronicled in three to four episodes, with each episode lasting an hour.

It ran for five seasons, and some of the work his team had done included the hand-made roadster nicknamed the Alumatub, the classic 1942 Woodie, the 1961 Chevy Impala Bubbletop, and an Elvis tribute car.

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Convicted for fraud

In 2005, the State of California accused Boyd of fraud for allegedly passing off his custom-fabricated cars as ‘antique cars’ or older than they actually were in the titles submitted to the Department of Motor Vehicles; this was reportedly done to avoid tax obligations and emissions control regulations. Boyd pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge before the Sacramento County Superior Court, and was ordered to perform 160 hours of community service and pay a $3,000 fine.

His death at age 63

It was announced on 27 February 2008, that Boyd died at the Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital in Whittier due to complications following surgery for a perforated colon, and kidney complications along with sepsis. He was a long-time diabetic, and had been admitted to hospital on 31 December 2007. Shortly after New Year’s Eve, he was released only to undergo surgery a few days later. He was survived by his third wife, Jo McGee, whom he married in 2002, and five children from three marriages.

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His legacy

Boyd Coddington changed the world of hot rodding. What set him apart from other hot rodders was that he designed and manufactured almost every part of the vehicle he constructed – his work set the standards for custom car design. He bagged the highly coveted America’s Most Beautiful Roadster Award six times, which was unprecedented, won the Daimler-Chrysler Design Excellence Award twice, and in 1988, he was Hot Rod magazine’s “Man of the Year,” and the 1933 Ford Coupe that he built landed on the cover of the Smithsonian Magazine.

Boyd was inducted into the National Rod & Custom Museum Hall of Fame, Grand National Roadster Show Hall of Fame, Route 66 Hall of Fame, and SEMA Hall of Fame.

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The Saddest Stories Ever Featured in Paternity Court

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About “Paternity Court”

“Lauren Lake’s Paternity Court”, which ran from 2013 to 2020, was a non-traditional court show starring Lauren Lake, a respected family lawyer and legal analyst. The series was a 79th & York Entertainment and Orion Television production, and received a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Legal/Courtroom Program in 20019. Unfortunately, MGM was forced to discard all courtroom programs due to financial struggles in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and changes in ownership of the network.

With court programming being the second highest-rated genre on daytime television as of 2012, the inception of “Paternity Court” was also helped by the success of “Maury”. Nevertheless, there was a marked difference between the two shows, as “Maury” was more focused on drama and shenanigans, whereas “Paternity Court” worked towards using the test results as a way for the participants in the show to build healthy and long-lasting relationships. Ultimately, the goal of the program was to reinvigorate the court show genre by reaching the widest possible audience.

The format of each episode sees Lauren Lake speak to the show’s litigants and decide cases based on the results of DNA tests. Probate disputes over wills were also an integral part of the show; in early 2013, the show’s creator, David Armour, shared more of what happened on set – “We don’t take any of this lightly. There is a responsible side to the show where we help families get on the right path,” he shared. “We want to dig into these stories much deeper than any other court show does. We’re dealing with resolutions about how families can move forward now that they have results.”

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Before and after the results, Lauren would take time to speak with her litigants. Most episodes of “Paternity Court” only focused on one case, unlike other present-day court shows which focus on two. However, it’s unclear just how involved MGM or the production team were with each family when filming wrapped up.

The doomed court series spawned two sister shows: “Personal Injury Court”, which was hosted by Gino Brogdon, and “Couples Court with the Cutlers”, which was hosted by Keith and Dana Cutler and used testing and evidence to prove – or disprove – infidelity. Sadly, all three shows were cancelled after ending production due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Saddest Moments

“Paternity Court” regaled its viewers with truly heart-breaking moments over the years, such as the episode in which Donna Andrews asked for a paternity test to prove that the man who had raised her was her biological father. Donna, who had gone out to dine with some friends in Atlanta one fateful evening, was shocked when a man approached her out of the blue and showed her a tattoo of her name on his leg. Obviously, this caused her to doubt everything about her childhood and the man she believed to be her biological father.

William Glenn, who claimed to be Donna’s biological father, said that he’d kept it a secret for thirty years because Donna had been raised in a loving household and he didn’t want to turn her life upside-down. Roger Andrews, the man who raised Donna, was deceased, as well as Donna’s biological mother. The plot thickens, as it turns out that Donna was aware of William’s existence due to him being the father of one of her younger sisters.

Although Roger and Donna didn’t actually live together, perhaps due to him being separated from Donna’s mother, he did everything a supportive father does, and was even present during Donna’s high school graduation ceremony. When Roger passed away on the due date of Donna’s second child, she was understandably traumatized; when she was approached by William at the restaurant that fateful night, she was still mourning Roger’s death, but made it clear that she wasn’t looking for a replacement by taking the case to “Paternity Court”.

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Telling his side of the story, William shared that he and Donna’s mother began dating in 1976 and that Donna was born when William “left” for eight months. When William asked Donna’s mother about her pregnancy, she didn’t give him any clear answers or indicate that he could be the biological father.

Before the restaurant incident, other odd things happened to Donna that made her doubt Roger being her real father. While on a plane, she was somehow seated next to someone who claimed to know who her biological father was. When this person gave Donna a description, she was confused because it didn’t match Roger at all. Then, a few months after Roger died, one of Donna’s cousins confessed that she wasn’t really his daughter.

“You waited until my mother passed away. We don’t have nobody’s word but your word now,” Donna reproached William. When the DNA results revealed that William was indeed Donna’s biological father, she was blown away, and broke down in tears. Donna, who had brought a framed picture of Roger with her to the courtroom, also showed William the photo and doubled down on her stance: she considered Roger her father, not him.

The next case we’ll be discussing is equally depressing. Siblings Hector Hunt and Precious Raysor decided to sue their parents for a paternity test after a huge argument in which it was revealed that the man that they believed to be their father, Richard Jacobs, wasn’t after all. Despite being the only father figure in the siblings’ life, Richard allegedly revealed that the siblings weren’t his biological children while arguing with his wife. However, Richard claimed that he only said that in the heat of the moment, due to a hurtful comment his wife, Daisy Hammonds, had made.

“This is the only man I’ve known for all my life,” an emotional Precious berated her mother. “He’s been there for my kindergarten graduation, my sixth-grade graduation, how many men do you know sit in the delivery room with their daughter while they’re having a baby?” When Precious’s mother confessed that she didn’t really know who their father was, Precious exploded, as she had planned on Richard walking her down the aisle at her wedding, which would take place a few months after the episode.

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As it happens, for years there had been rumors in the neighborhood of a man named Tommy Farmer being Precious and Hector’s biological father. When Tommy was shown on the screen for a videocall, Precious was so incredulous that she walked out of the courtroom. Daisy confessed to having had a sexual relationship with Tommy around the time of her pregnancy with Precious, and refused to look her children in the eye, which made her appear guilty.

When it was revealed that Richard wasn’t Precious or Hector’s biological father, he and the siblings broke down in court. Tearful hugs were shared between the three and Daisy also appeared visibly devastated. The episode ended on an even worse note, when Daisy shared that she wasn’t Hector’s biological mother, but rather a woman that had died shortly after childbirth was.

For the first 33 years of her life, Jazmine St. James was a daddy’s girl and was even walked down the aisle by the man she believed to be her father, Kenneth Esaw. However, six months before appearing in the show, Kenneth revealed during an argument that she wasn’t his biological daughter. Stunned, Jazmine and her brother opened a paternity case to get the answers they needed.

Kenneth always believed that he wasn’t Jazmine’s biological father but never found the right moment to tell her the truth. Apparently, he agreed to take a paternity test so that the truth could set him free, as the secret had been haunting him for over three decades. The argument between Jazmine and Kenneth started when Jazmine confronted her father as to why he wasn’t more present in his grandchildren’s lives.

After discovering the truth, Jazmine began suffering from depression and anxiety. “I feel like I’m going to die of heartbreak,” she confessed tearfully, sharing that she hadn’t been eating or sleeping since Kenneth dropped the bombshell.

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Kenneth then shared that, shortly after getting into a relationship with Jazmine’s mother, they learned she was pregnant. However, when they went to the doctor, they realized that he couldn’t be the father because she was too far along. Kenneth’s mother was also present in the courtroom and corroborated his version of events.

When the DNA results proved that Kenneth wasn’t Jazmine’s biological father, he looked somewhat relieved, whereas she looked completely heartbroken. Even so, she thanked Kenneth for raising her as his daughter.

We can all agree that, although “Paternity Court” was never picked up by another network following its cancellation, Lauren Lake and the production team did a great job at sharing these people’s stories, and helping some families find the closure they needed to move on in their lives.

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Michael Ilesanmi’s Toxic Relationship With Angela Deem

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Viewers of the “90 Day Fiancé” franchise are more than familiar with Michael Ilesanmi, who has been in a turbulent relationship with wife Angela Deem since 2018. Michael became a fan favorite in the second season of “90 Day Fiancé: Before the 90 Days” due to Angela being such a controversial character in the show; the blonde, who is in her late 50s, doesn’t let Michael work or have social media accounts and has made it clear on many occasions that she doesn’t trust him.

With that said, Michael hasn’t done much to build that trust either. Things were going well at the beginning of the relationship, when the couple connected on social media in 2018 – so well, in fact, that Angela soon flew out to Michael’s home country of Nigeria to visit him. The glaring age gap and cultural differences between the two soon became evident. At the time, Angela was 52 years old and already had grandchildren, whereas Michael was two decades younger.

Angela’s daughter and friends began voicing their concerns, and when the interracial couple began having disagreements in Nigeria, she wondered if her younger boyfriend was secretly embarrassed to be seen with her. At the beginning of the relationship, Michael also admitted that he had cheated on Angela by engaging in sexual acts with a local woman. Since then, the tenuous trust between the couple was broken.

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Angela’s first trip to Nigeria ended with Michael handing her an engagement ring wrapped in an American flag. Almost as soon as she returned to the US, the TV personality accused her Nigerian lover of draining her bank account, and proceeded to scream at him over the phone, which many viewers considered verbal abuse. Angela had given Michael her debit card for him to make a $300 withdrawal, but somehow he took out three times as much – allegedly by mistake.

In the third season of “Before the 90 Days”, the duo was reunited and waiting for him to obtain his K-1 visa. After yet another onscreen argument, Michael tried to apologize to Angela for cheating on her by giving her a cake… Which Angela promptly threw at his face. The relationship became even more chaotic when the couple discovered that there were little to no chances of Angela getting pregnant; when she asked her daughter, Skyla, to act as a surrogate, Skyla was outraged and refused.

Unfortunately for Michael, his visa was denied, which Angela discovered when she returned to the US during the seventh season of “90 Day Fiancé”. Even so, the couple tried to put aside their cultural differences and work on their trust issues, before celebrating their grandiose Nigerian wedding in season five of “90 Day Fiancé: Happily Ever After?”.

Days after the nuptials, which took place at the beginning of 2020, Angela had to unexpectedly return home due to the death of her ailing mother. The newlyweds were put to the test yet again when coronavirus-related travel restrictions were implemented before Angela could fly back to Nigeria, with both parties struggling to keep the flame alive.

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While Angela waited for Michael’s spousal visa to come through, she put her baby search on the backburner and began dieting and exercising instead. However, her husband was vehemently against the idea of Angela slimming down or having a breast reduction. When Angela flirted with the doctor responsible for her weight loss surgery, Michael – who, by now, had become a minor celebrity thanks to his affable personality and hilarious on-screen moments – felt hurt and insecure. All this helped Angela become the villain of the relationship, despite Michael having cheated on her.

While healing from her surgeries, Angela tried to remotely track Michael’s activity and location via his phone, after he’d stopped communicating with her. This led to another explosive row that left the couple on the verge of a split; nevertheless, they gave things another go at the request of Tracey, Angela’s psychic.

In an attempt to win Michael back, Angela went under the knife for new breast implants, as her chest was his favorite feature of hers. During the season six Tell-All episode of “Happily Ever After?”, Angela began arguing with Michael’s aunt, Lydia, when the latter judged her for undergoing weight loss surgery instead of trying for a baby. Angela was so incandescent with rage that she flashed her breasts at the cameras; she also argued with Michael for taking his aunt’s side during the heated verbal argument.

The on-screen spat spiraled out of control and ended with Angela announcing that she would be acting single and flaunting her new, slimmer body until Michael could come to the US. During her “90 Day Fiancé” spin-off, the American met up with a former love interest, and was also seen destroying Michael’s car during a visit to Nigeria, which caused him to break up from her.

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As things between Angela and Michael are so volatile, we just don’t know if the couple have broken up for good, or are planning to get back together. However, we can tell you more about Angela’s former flame, a handsome Canadian named Billy Sotiropoulos who also happens to be one of her close friends. Angela flew over to Canada to support Billy at his fundraising event, and was warmly welcomed when she touched down in Toronto.

Not everyone was pleased with Angela visiting Billy, with many followers of the couple reminding her that she would go crazy if Michael did the same. Anyone who keeps up with Angela and Michael’s exhausting marriage knows that the blonde has forbidden him from having female friends; meanwhile, she has no intentions of toning down her controversial online content, such as her provocative dancing videos.

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In any case, it appears that Michael is now in the States after finally getting his green card. There have been rumors of Michael planning to leave Angela to be with his anonymous 30-year-old American girlfriend, with whom he allegedly cheated on his wife. These rumors have led to people thinking that Michael was only playing a waiting game with Angela, until he could obtain American citizenship. Nevertheless, only time will tell if the warring couple make things work or go their separate ways for good.

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