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‘Dirty Jobs’ host Mike Rowe recalls ‘devastating’ exchange that inspired the hit show

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The distinctive face and distinct voice of Emmy Awardthe win TV host Mike Rowe, known for taking on some of the toughest and most engaging jobs on “Dirty Jobs,” joined Fox Nation’s Tucker Carlson to discuss rebooting the show and how he began to shine a spotlight on America’s nearly forgotten blue-collar workers. decades ago.

Roe described growing up in the Baltimore community next door to his grandfather, who left school in the seventh grade only to become a “lead electrician” and skilled craftsman when he was thirty.

“He was one of those geniuses who could take apart your blindfolded watch and reassemble it, fix anything, build anything,” Rowe recalls on Monday’s episode of Tucker Carlson Today. “He was a wizard, and I kind of grew up in his shadow with my mom and dad.”

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But Roe quickly learned that he had not inherited the natural talent for working with his hands as he had hoped.

He said, “The helpful gene, I noticed, is recessive. And because I was sure I would follow in his footsteps, I didn’t have the skills. So I started entertaining.”

Mike Rowe from “Dirty Jobs”.

After bouncing between jobs as a Baltimore Opera singer for eight years, selling products to late-night QVC watchers followed by nearly 200 freelance jobs with various networks, Rowe, then 40, found himself host of the network’s “Evening Magazine” show. CBS, which he described as a half-hour “little piece of fluff” every night.

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During that period he received the call that radically changed the course of his career.

“I’m in my cubicle, and my mom called me, and she said, Michael, your grandfather is 90… and she said he won’t live forever. Wouldn’t it be great if before he died, he could want to turn on the TV and see you do something like work?” He remembers.

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As Rou was devastated, he said his mother’s words resonated deeply. The next day, he and his photographer ventured down the sewers in San Francisco where he did the inspector’s file, marking the organic beginning of what eventually turned out to be “dirty jobs.”

Mike Rowe, left, Discovery Channel producer and host "dirty tasks," Laughing with his parents John and Peggy Rowe, of Perry Hall, Maryland, before Mike testifies at a Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee hearing in the Russell Building titled "Industrialization is our way to a stronger economy."

Mike Rowe, left, producer and host of “Dirty Jobs” on the Discovery Channel, laughs with his parents John and Peggy Rowe, of Perry Hall, Maryland, before Mike testifies at a Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee hearing in the Russell Building titled ” Industrialization is our path to a stronger economy.”
(Photo by Tom Williams/Roll Cole)

“‘Morocco, West, sunset’ [Magazine] It can be hosted anywhere, and I thought, Well, you know what? My pop would go off seeing me host a show from the sewers because he was in a few and why not? “

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After the footage aired days later, Rowe said he had received “hundreds of messages from people who loved him, not because they necessarily enjoyed me, but people who said, ‘Man, if that’s what you’re going to do, you should meet me with my brother, my uncle, my cousin, my sister,’ Mom, dad, aunt. Wait until you see what they do. “


“At that moment, I knew what we had just done wasn’t shown on TV,” he added. “And there was a huge audience that was underprivileged, and that maybe there was an opportunity to take reality TV and let it live up to its name.”

To hear Rowe’s full account and for more information on the “Dirty Jobs” reboot, watch “Tucker Carlson Today” Available at Fox Nation.


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