Parker Schnabel had big plans heading into Discovery+’s Gold Rush in 2020. He told his crew that they would set a new record for the show and haul in 7,000 ounces of gold. But then things went downhill fast.
The crews struggled with equipment failures, disruptions, and royalty rights fights. Setting a new record seemed unlikely. It seemed as if just breaking even would have been a win for the 23-year-old Parker Schnabel. But then their luck changed.
Production picked up and soon the teams were mining more than ever before. They celebrated with cigars and drinks after a tough season and read the final count. Originally, Schnabel wanted 7,000 ounces, but the crew pulled in more than 7,400 ounces of gold. That’s worth about $9 million, the show said.
“This season started out as one of the worst seasons we’ve ever had and ended up the absolute best,” Schnabel told his team. “And everyone one of you guys had something to do with that, and I thank you all for that.”
‘Gold Rush’ Star Rick Ness is a Big Fan of His Show
For Ness, it’s a documentary of sort of his own rise up the ranks in the mining world. So, when the show was added to Discovery+, he got the chance to binge it and relive how he climbed so high, so fast.
“It’s actually kind of cool. Because for the last couple of years, I was talking about going back and watching the very beginnings of Gold Rush. The first season, the second season, stuff like that,” Ness told Outsider. “I actually watched it when it came out before I was even a part of it then. That was 11 years ago, I guess. I think it would be hilarious to go back and watch [the first few seasons] and see how different it was. And how far it’s come. I think that a lot of people actually enjoy that.”
And he won’t be alone. He said his friends and family like watch the show with him. He said it’s still not easy seeing his life play out on camera, but he’s gotten used to it.
“I don’t know about enjoy [seeing himself on camera]. I’ve gotten awfully used to it I can tell you that. It’s not something you would have ever thought you would get used to,” Ness said. “So I guess after 10 years I have. If I’m being honest, a lot of my friends enjoy watching it with me. And my family. They think it’s pretty cool to watch the show, especially if I’m there watching with them. And I do catch most of them. Sometimes it’s embarrassing too.”