‘Gold Rush’ Star Rick Ness Explains How Show Changed During the Pandemic

by Joe Rutland

Like many other TV shows, “Gold Rush” had to make adjustments due to the COVID-19 pandemic. One of its stars shares about those changes.

Rick Ness, who has been both a team member with Parker Schnabel and team owner now, discussed its ramifications with the Idaho Press.

“COVID still plays a factor in this show, up here, unfortunately,” he said, speaking about where the show is filmed in Alaska. “And that that’s just the way of the world right now. [Familiar] people are coming back, and some aren’t, unfortunately. That’s just the way of the world these days.

“There are some unfortunate circumstances where a person or two that people probably know won’t be around this year,” Ness said. “I’ve had to get some replacements in, but it’s working well. So I don’t think anybody will be disappointed too much by that once we get going, and there are some machine additions to the fleet this year that I think people will be pretty impressed with seeing.”

‘Gold Rush’ Provides Plenty of Excitement With All Four Miners and Crews

“Gold Rush” still follows Ness, Schnabel, Tony Beets, and Fred Lewis, and their teams as they search for gold. It’s also a pressure cooker for them, too, as gold prices are rising at the same time.

Still, Ness has proven to be a guy who has learned from his mistakes. The Discovery Channel show keeps on putting its viewers on the edge of their seats. One never knows how a dig or search will finish. It is the element of adventure and even danger that “Gold Rush” shares in each episode.

Any Outsider who wants to check on episodes from this current season or older ones can visit the show’s website. It not only has videos and episodes on there but informative articles related to “Gold Rush.”

Ness Finds His Life Quite Busy As His Girlfriend Leese Is Now Part of the Picture

Some people are noticing Ness with his girlfriend, Leese, on the show these days.

So, Outsiders, how did that take shape? The miner talked about it, as well, with Idaho Press.

Ness said they met right after he got home in his offseason from mining. He also said they’d never met but had some mutual friends. One time he saw her and they struck up a conversation.

Ness said Leese had no idea who he was or what his job was like. She obviously had never seen “Gold Rush” at all. But Ness said they ended up going on a date and, well, they remain together.

“Gold Rush” fans, both new and old school alike, will keep their eyes on this situation all season long.