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What is Marty Meierotto from “Mountain Men” doing now? After Leaving The Show



Marty Meierotto’s life and adventures in the wilderness as shown in History Channel’s “Mountain Men”, earned him the admiration and perhaps even the envy of many who longed for such a lifestyle. The long-time Alaskan trapper and hunter had been in the show for eight seasons since it made its television debut in 2012. He was as authentic as they come, giving trappers a positive image, so it was understandable that his absence from the show was felt by many.

Get to know Marty Meierotto

Marty Meierotto was born on 19 July 1960, in Superior, Wisconsin, the second son of four children with the youngest as the only girl. He was six when the family moved to a rural community in Foxboro, 20 miles south of Superior. His father, Thomas, loved the outdoors and turned their 80-acres of land into what he called a ‘hobby farm’ with a few horses, chickens and a garden. He was a patient teacher who exposed Marty to the wonders of nature and the thrill of the hunt, instilling in his son the respect and love of wild places and all that inhabited them.

Marty said, ‘The one over-riding force that shaped my life was my love of trapping, and all things wild.’ He fell in love with hunting when he was a young boy, but it was trapping that set his heart on fire. It was on the small walking trapline for foxes and raccoons that he first realized the course that his life would take, because it was there that he came alive and felt that nothing could compare to that experience.

There might be a lot of distractions growing up, but one thing that remained constant for him was trapping. As he reached his 20s, his trapline, the route in which the traps were set, had become more extensive, encompassing a wider area, and involving a road system and a vehicle. Soon, this wasn’t enough for him, and he felt the call of the wilderness, a place that was more remote, and he believed that the real deal could only be found in Alaska.

He along with his brother Jeff eventually moved to Alaska in May 1985, first in Anchorage, but it was too much of a city for them, and so they went further until they reached Fairbanks. It was more to their liking so they settled in the area, found jobs, and later bought a trapline for sale on the remote Squirrel River. From what was left of their meager funds, they purchased what they thought they might need, and just planned on living off the land. He said that the thrill of the unknown, of what awaited them, and of the adventures that they would have was beyond description.


In 1987, the brothers chartered a plane to get to their new home. They were isolated with no way to contact those from the outside world, but for Marty, this was living his dream. He earned money by selling the furs or pelts of martens, lynxes, wolves and anything else that he caught in his trapline. To make ends meet, he had summer jobs, and was a commercial fisherman before he started working for the Alaska Fire Service in 1988 as a wildland firefighter. He was a “hot-shot” first until 1993 and then a smoke jumper for 21 years, before serving as their pilot in 2015.

His wife, Dominique

Marty was all praise for Dominique for her countless sacrifices just so he could pursue his passion in life, even if it meant being separated for months, saying, ‘How many women would stand for a kiss on the cheek in October and a promise that I might be back for Christmas?’ She had no way of knowing if he survived the arctic wilderness until his return. For most women, he wasn’t a good bet – he had no full-time job and was away during the holidays. It boggled his mind how and why she did it, and said that he was humbled by her faith in him.

Dominique was the first woman he brought with him to his happy place. He thought that since they had been dating long enough, it was time for her to see how bad his lifelong addiction to the bush lifestyle was, and what being with him really meant. She must have been so into him that even if she wasn’t used to roughing it, she stuck with him. He let her into his world and adapted to the changes she brought into his life. She spent her winters with him in the wilderness, at least until she gave birth to their daughter, Noah Jane.

Learned to fly a plane for Dominique

Getting sick in the bush was said to be life-threatening, especially if a first aid kit or over-the-counter medication was not enough to treat the condition, because there was no way for a person to ask for help from the outside world. Marty and Dominique landed on Squirrel River in mid-October, and the days passed by smoothly until about mid-November when Dominique fell ill, and was worried that it might be a bladder infection.

The responsibility of bringing her to the bush weighed heavily on him – ‘I had finally found that special person to be with, and I have taken her to this place and it was killing her. I was killing her.’ The plane was expected to return for them in the first week of December, and he feared it would be too late for her. He only had a handheld aircraft radio, but its range was line of sight. Dominique was getting worse each day, and despite his efforts to head to the hills whenever possible, he couldn’t contact anyone. Finally, an aircraft passed by and he was able to ask for help via the radio. Dominique was taken to the hospital on Thanksgiving Day. This ordeal made him realize that he needed to own a plane and learn how to fly it, especially if he would be bringing Dominique with him here. He bought one in 1994.

Came close to dying in the Bush

Marty was fully aware of the dangers that living in the bush entailed. However, it never occurred to him that he would come close to dying not by hypothermia or an encounter with a bear or other predators, but by pancreatitis. It began with a stomachache, and thinking that it was a case of food poisoning, he took medication to induce vomiting. However, the pain intensified to the point that he was screaming out loud. Despite the excruciating pain, he drove his snowmobile to ask for help from his friend Jay and his girlfriend who were staying at one of his trapline cabins, 15 miles from the main cabin, before he became incapacitated.

The couple did all they could to make him as comfortable as possible, and at the same time figure out how to get him to a hospital. As several days passed with no hope in sight, Marty asked his friend to write something for him – his last will and testament. He didn’t have much, but he wanted to give his girlfriend, Dominique, what he had. When they heard on the radio that Dominique and Marty’s brother Jeff were coming over, Jay and Amy created a big S.O.S. sign on the snow. Finally, when the plane taxied on the strip by the cabin, Marty knew he would make it. He was diagnosed with acute pancreatitis, bowel obstruction, and dehydration. He underwent surgery, and was released from hospital after 20 days, and 40lbs lighter – Dominique nursed him back to health.


Saved a reporter’s life and it led to his being cast in the show

Warm Springs Productions of Montana reached out to the Alaska Trappers Association, as they wanted to cast Marty Meierotto in a reality show for an accurate portrayal of a mountain man. This interest was brought on by a 12-page feature article on Marty written by Bill Heavey for “Field and Stream” magazine, which had a circulation of 1.5 million. It was about his life in the most remote part of Alaska, and running a trapline.

Marty ran a 120-mile trapline, and had one main cabin and four smaller ones situated at various points along the line, using a snowmobile to travel his line. He brought Bill along with him as he covered about 20 to 30 miles, and left the writer in a cabin to wait for him while he ran spur lines. On the third day, Bill could no longer keep up with Marty, and just wanted to get back to the main cabin, following a map drawn by the expert trapper, but took a wrong turn and got lost on a trail that was quite steep. After falling off his ride twice, the snow machine got stuck, and he was too exhausted to move it.

In the three hours that he was alone at 30 degrees below zero with only a small fire to keep him warm, he couldn’t help but think that he would be dead by the time Marty found him. Marty, who was more amused than alarmed by Bill’s situation, had said, ‘It wasn’t a life or death thing; I was going to find him regardless, but from his perspective it was.’

Marty Meierotto in “Mountain Men”

The reality TV series featured mountain men, and Marty Meierotto was one of them. He was around 5ft 9ins, about 170cms with a medium-stocky build, shaggy red-gray hair usually corralled by a bandana, and sporting an unruly beard. He wore eyeglasses that others said made him look a bit on the goofy side. Marty lived in a small community in Two Rivers, about 23 miles or 40kms outside of Fairbanks. Come wintertime, he would fly his two-seater mono-plane to his cabin on the Alaska North Slope, as he made a living as a fur trapper.

As a precaution, he gave Dominique a rundown of his plans, so if she didn’t hear from him at a certain time, she would know that something was wrong, and had a good idea of where to send a search party for him. After he landed his plane, he had a 30-minute walk ahead of him to reach the cabin, and had his rifle ready in case he encountered wolves or bears. He checked on the cabin and the snowmobile before he chopped down dead trees for firewood, and hauled in fresh water from the Squirrel River. Next, he geared up to cover 150 miles to set up his trapline. He would later check on those traps to see if he caught anything, or if he had to reset them. After three months of running the trapline, he would bring the furs for auction.


Marty didn’t have a quit bone in his body. He taught himself everything he needed to know to survive the isolation and the wilderness in Alaska. When faced with obstacles, he found ways to overcome them. Upon realizing that his life depended on a snow machine, he learned not just to operate it, but also to fix it. He learned carpentry, welding, and electrical skills, and studied wildlife biology so he knew the best ways to catch them. Marty prepared for worst-case scenarios because he said that it would happen eventually – out there, one couldn’t afford to make a mistake or overestimate one’s abilities, because it was always a matter of survival as the cold made everything more difficult and dangerous.

Marty’s exit from the reality TV series

In season eight of “Mountain Men,” Marty said that it was time for his 13-year-old daughter to learn the family business hands-on. He would teach her all about trapping full-time, and surviving in the wilderness. It was important for him to show Noah this lifestyle; however, what she did with her life in the future would be totally up to her. She might not become a trapper, but at least she would better understand it and him.

He had been preparing to head out to his trapline with his daughter when he suddenly told someone from the production team that for Noah’s sake, he didn’t want cameras following them. He thought a lot about this before making this decision, and felt that this was best for Noah. Marty explained that he’d been doing this his whole life, and for the past eight years, he’d had cameras on him, but he wanted this experience to be just a special time between father and daughter. He figured that if he was lying on his deathbed, he wasn’t going to think about how much money he made, but what he’d done with his life.

His fans were saddened by this unexpected development, but at least they knew the reason why he opted to not be part of the show any longer. He was last seen in season eight’s “Final Farewell” episode – many wondered what happened to him after that.


Retired from the Alaska Fire Service

Marty retired from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Alaska Fire Service after 31 years, and flew his last mission on 30 July 2019. His family, friends, and co-workers had a surprise for him at the tarmac in Fairbanks. As he was taxiing on the runway after landing, he was given a water salute by two fire-fighting vehicles. He could only laugh, as he was embarrassed by all the attention he was receiving.

Published a collection of his stories

Some said that Marty could easily pass off as a bumpkin, but he was far from it. He’s a voracious reader and a good writer. Over the years, he submitted articles related to trapping and the outdoors to the Fur-Fish-Game and Alaska Trapper magazines. His book, “In the Land of Wilderness,” published in 2020, is a collection of stories of his adventures in the Alaskan Bush that previously appeared in those magazines. Marty credited his ‘book team’ from the Alaska Trappers Association for this project, with special mention of its president, Randy Zarnke, who could decipher what he called his rough ‘trapper speak’, and make it more intelligible to the readers. Randy said that his old friend had an engaging writing style, and had given a great insight into the world of trapping and hunting in the wilderness.

To live the life of a mountain man was never easy, and the work was never done. The price of fur has its ups and downs, and when it’s too low, many put their operations on hold to wait for better days, but not Marty; fur trapping was more than just a means to earn money for him. Regardless of the financial gain or loss, he carries on as this lifestyle is part of who he is, of the very fiber of his being. At times out of frustration he would say that it wasn’t worth it, but upon reflection, the experiences he had from the challenges, which tested the limits of what he could endure, to the unexpected thrills, still fired up his blood after years had passed.

Alaska is still his home, and when not in the wilderness, he lives with his wife and daughter in a log cabin they built in Two Rivers. His joys in life remain the same – his family, hunting and trapping.

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What happened between Chumlee and Rick Harrison?



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”.


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.


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.


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.

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.


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?



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.


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.


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.

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.


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.


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?



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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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