‘Dirty Jobs’ Canceled?

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January 9, 2013

Host Mike Rowe confirms the show’s end.

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Is it true that “Dirty Jobs” has been canceled? It is my favorite show on Discovery Channel.
—Craig Howington, Fairbanks, Alaska

Host Mike Rowe, who has been with the show since its inception in 2003, confirmed the news a few weeks ago. “I was officially informed that ‘Dirty Jobs’ had entered into a new phase, he says. “One I like to call ‘permanent hiatus.’ Or in the more popular industry vernacular, canceled.”

Rowe, 50, a native of Baltimore, Md., said that it’s hard for him to “imagine a future that does not involve exploding toilets, venomous snakes, misadventures in animal husbandry and feces from every species.”

He also thanked all of those who invited him into their homes or workplaces and allowed him to film. “‘Dirty Jobs’ was never intended to become a comprehensive collection of Americans who comprise the finest work ethic on Planet Earth. But thanks to you, it became exactly that. I’m honored to have worked with each and every one of you. Thank you all so much.”

The cancellation of “Dirty Jobs,” which has been slipping in the ratings the past few seasons, followed the news that “American Chopper” had also been canceled. Rowe will still be heard on Discovery Channel as the narrator of “Deadliest Catch.”

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