Mike Rowe’s 150th Dirty Job airs Tuesday; says, “I’m not the host. I’m the guest”

Dirty Jobs host Mike Rowe says he’s not actually the show’s host. Instead, he defers that title to the men and women who appear on his series, telling the New York Daily News, “I’m not the host. I’m the guest.”

“There’s this general sentiment I have, that I believe the real stories are in the towns that don’t appear on maps, with people who would like to remain anonymous,” he says.

He also reveals that the show was born out of criticism he received from his father about his work on TV. “He made fun of my career my entire life. Now, I’m up to my neck in personal irony. I got into entertainment to avoid fishing and farming. Now, it’s pretty obvious the way to get your name on a hit show is through fishing and farming, and crawling through a river of [shit]. It’s completely insane and I’m having a ball,” he said.

The series celebrates its 150th episode Tuesday from 9 to 11 p.m. ET with a special that features “the ten most memorable co-workers (as determined by an online vote)” who “will arrive in true DIRTY JOBS style — chauffeured by San Francisco city dump trucks.” The episode also includes a “visit [to] Kalispell, Montana, where Mike performed his 150th dirty job as a Yak Farmer.”

Mike Rowe loves his ‘Dirty’ job [New York Daily News]

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