‘Gold Rush: White Water’: The Truth Behind Fred Hurt’s Exit

by Amy Myers

The Gold Rush: White Water father-son duo of Fred and Dustin Hurt was knocked all other competition literally out of the water. Together, the two patroled the Alaskan waters, deploying divers into the icy rapids to search for gold. Because they were so successful in their operations, it came as a shock to fans when Fred decided to leave the team.

This season on Gold Rush: White Water, for the first time, Dustin was the sole boss on the site. And while the departure of his father was sudden, Dustin seemed more than ready to lead the team on his own. As a result, Dustin decided to push the envelop even further and create two separate teams with individual dredges and divers for each. He even added a couple of new team members, too.

Meanwhile, the show seemed to promote the idea that Fred was off finding new business ventures for the gold mining experts elsewhere. And at one point, Dustin even rode in a helicopter with his father as he presumably scoped out new territory.

However, Fred later revealed in a post on Facebook, per Starcasm, that this wasn’t quite the case. Instead, his departure had more to do with the money he earned from the show.

“I am a working-class guy like most of you,” he wrote in the post. “After spending more for four years straight than I made, there was no way for me to continue. But the main reason is simple……and I quote…. ‘If you want a Miner, call me…….if you want an Actor, pay me like one.'”

According to his post, this was the ultimatum that Fred gave the producers of Gold Rush: White Water, but it doesn’t seem that the two parties could come to an agreement.

‘Gold Rush: White Water’ Star Discusses Reason Father Left Show

As for Dustin’s take on the situation, he decided to remain neutral in the aftermath of his father’s leave. On Gold Rush: White Water, he decided to focus on his dad’s age, rather than the money dispute.

“I could tell you that Fred’s starting to get — he’s almost 80 years old, and I don’t think he’s gonna be as full-time as he usually is,” Hurt explained about his dad. “Getting up there in age just like anybody would,” Dustin said.

He then pivoted the conversation to himself and his preparations for the new season.

“Yeah, Fred didn’t want to run a crew this year,” Dustin added. “And it was a good benefit for me to have two groups out there. I think I made the right choice on that. We had some good people, and I don’t know how much I can tell you about that. But we did get some good people. And I think it worked out just fine, the way we made it happen.”