Discovery Channel has retired the popular reality series “Dirty Jobs,” according to a blog post by series host Mike Rowe.
More than 150 episodes were aired on the cabler, initially bowing in 2003 as a spinoff from local San Francisco program “Somebody’s Gotta Do It.” Series was produced by Pilgrim Films.
Discovery had no comment.
In a Huffington Post article titled “A Turkey Without a Pardon: Bidding Farewell to ‘Dirty Jobs’,” Rowe wrote, “A few weeks ago, I was officially informed that ‘Dirty Jobs’ has entered into a new phase … in the more popular industry vernacular, canceled.”
Rowe said he wanted to “immediately pass the news on” to the show’s fans but that it had taken “a few weeks to digest.”
” ‘Dirty Jobs’ is a very personal show, and it’s difficult for me to imagine a future that does not involve exploding toilets, venomous snakes, misadventures in animal husbandry and feces from every species,” he continued. “I’d like to thank those people most responsible for reinvigorating my erstwhile career and launching the most honest show in the history of reality TV.”
“Dirty Jobs” put Rowe on the map as an unscripted mainstay, even leading to spokesman deals with paper towel companies and animal health products. Rowe has also lent a hand to other Discovery shows and specials, including narrating programs such as “American Chopper,” “Deadliest Catch” and “Ghost Lab.”
“I can’t say that ‘Dirty Jobs’ never jumped the shark, but I’m proud to say it’s still the same hatchet,” Rowe wrote. “The last episode looked pretty much like the first. … We stuck to the mission statement. … It was, as they say, a very good run.”
As for Rowe’s future in showbiz, he assured fans that “good things are in the works.”