‘Gold Rush’ Star Brennan Ruault Reveals Why He Left Parker Schnabel’s Crew

by Joe Rutland

Brennan Ruault worked with “Gold Rush” mining team captain Parker Schnabel for a period of time and then left. Why did he leave, Outsiders?

That’s what we’re going to find out. One surprising thing to note is Ruault didn’t leave the show. In fact, he hopped on board the team of captain Rick Ness. As we know, Outsiders, Ness also worked for Schnabel himself before going on his own.

According to an article from Distractify, Ruault ended up going to chat with Ness himself. All of this went down entering Season 12 of “Gold Rush.”

He told Ness that it seemed like Ruault and Schnabel started “butting heads a little bit more in the last few years.” Ruault told Ness that the situation was draining and tough to deal with at day’s end.

‘Gold Rush’ Season 12 Premiere Is Where Ruault Breaks The News About Switch

During the Sept. 24 premiere show for “Gold Rush” this season, Ruault is shown on camera talking about his time with Schnabel.

“Here I am, I’m on my way back up here to the Yukon,” Ruault said. “I just knew it was time for a change. Whole new crew, whole new blood, and a whole new way of mining, you know?”

The drama between himself and Schnabel became too much to handle. Even after Schnabel made him a co-foreman, Ruault just felt like he’d had enough. He made his first appearance on “Gold Rush” in the Discovery Channel show’s sixth season.

“Last year, it was pretty brutal, and Parker and I seemed to not see eye to eye anymore,” Ruault said. “It’s very draining and stressful when you’re angry half the time. Like, that’s no way to work, you know?”

Confrontation Happens Between Schnabel, Ruault About Brennan’s Leadership Style

In the Season 12 opener, clips of his confrontations with Schnabel were shown. One had Schnabel question Ruault’s style of leadership.

“Right there, I kinda knew,” Ruault said on the show. “I was like, well, I don’t think it’s going to go any farther for me. This year, I just want to run some big gear, move some dirt, and, you know, go back to having a nice fun summer like it used to be, and kill it and hopefully find a s—t-ton of gold.”

Ruault is from Invermere, British Columbia, Canada. His hobbies include working out, hunting, and fishing.

As for “Gold Rush,” viewers keep tuning in to see Schnabel, Ness, and the other mining captains go for, what else, the gold. New episodes air on Fridays at 8 p.m. Eastern, 7 p.m. Central, on the Discovery Channel.

Besides Ness and Schnabel, other mine captains on the show include Tony Beets and Fred Lewis.