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]

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.

Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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