Gold Rush stars Parker Schnabel and Rick Ness have an interesting relationship, to put it simply. Before Ness was a star on the series, he was a bassist in a touring, gothic country band. Thanks to Schnabel though, he found a new calling deep underground and joined the 18-year-old mining prodigy’s team. But as Ness rose through the ranks to Schnabel’s foreman and right-hand man, their relationship began to change, and not necessarily for the better. As with any company, the two stars’ friendship took a backseat to business, creating a strenuous relationship between the two.
As a result, Ness began to look into creating a company of his own and separating from the fellow Gold Rush star’s operation. Not surprisingly, this caused even more tension. Following the split, Schnabel detailed exactly how Ness’s departure affected his team.
“We had two big hurdles to jump this season,” Schnabel shared with The Guide Online. “The first one, of course, we had a foreman, Rick Ness, quit and went out on his own mining. Overcoming that for our business was a [sic] difficult, and we had to deal with the fallout of that, and I had to figure it all out. It created a bit of a power vacuum that caused some issues as you guys will see on the show.”
Likely, Schnabel was referring to fellow former crew member, Brennan Ruault. After butting heads too often with his mine boss, Ruault, too, left Schnabel’s crew and instead joined Ness’s.
At the time of the split, Ruault described his time on Schnabel’s team as “brutal” and that the two don’t “see eye to eye anymore.”
“It’s very draining and stressful when you’re angry half the time,” the Gold Rush star shared.
‘Gold Rush’ Star Reveals Details About a Conflict with Another Mine Boss
Schnabel’s struggles didn’t stop with just the members of his team. He also faced adversity with other mine bosses, as well. In the midst of an extremely competitive season of Gold Rush, Schnabel found himself in a feud with Tony Beets, the most successful miner on the show.
With how many resources Beets had, this was a tough situation for Schnabel to be in.
“The second challenge we had to deal with [was] Tony Beets and this is an ongoing challenge we face on the show as you will know,” the Gold Rush star continued. “This season he really stepped up his ‘difficultness’ and it proved to be very turbulent time. So, we were getting hit from both sides with not having a foreman and then also having to deal with a very unpredictable Tony Beets.”
Glaringly absent from Schnabel’s explanation of the “difficult” season was his role in any of the events that occurred. While this situation was no doubt stressful for the young mine boss, it seems his own behavior was the common denominator in his relationships with other crew members and miners.