Dirty Jobs cancelled; Mike Rowe thanks those involved with “the most honest show in the history of reality TV”

The Discovery Channel cancelled American Chopper last week, and now Dirty Jobs has been cancelled, too, according to its star, Mike Rowe. Both shows were produced by Craig Piligian’s Pilgrim Studios.

Mike Rowe wrote on his blog, in part:

“A few weeks ago, I was officially informed that Dirty Jobs had entered into a new phase. One I like to call, ‘permanent hiatus.’ Or in the more popular industry vernacular, canceled.

… I can’t say that Dirty Jobs never jumped the shark, (since I literally leaped over one in Season 2) but I’m proud to say it’s still the same hatchet. The last episode looked pretty much like the first.”

In his long farewell post, Rowe thanks producers at Pilgrim Films, noting that “over two-dozen separate programs have evolved from Dirty Jobs,” thanks those people who agreed to be filmed and those who did the filming, and viewers: “you brought an unprecedented loyalty to a business known for fostering the exact opposite.”

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.