Mike Rowe Talks Discovery Channel’s ‘Dirty Jobs’ Reboot, Says It’s the ‘Granddaddy of Essential Work Shows’

by Courtney Blackann

Good guy Mike Rowe has long celebrated the “everyday man.” His work on “Dirty Jobs” stemmed from appreciating the hard work his grandfather instilled in him. And the vital jobs, albeit messy, are pretty interesting to watch. With a reboot on the way, Mike Rowe sat down to share how he thinks it will be relevant in today’s world.

The show initially made headlines in the early 2000s. Rowe muddled around with some pretty rough scenarios. One of his notable moments was working to clean the inside of cement trucks after they transport the material where it needs to go.

The task was not only tough but tedious. And Rowe reiterated that people have to work in that industry daily, often going unnoticed.

As the show moves forward, the principal message is still clear, Rowe says.

“[Dirty Jobs] wasn’t a lecture, it wasn’t a sermon, it was an honest look in the day on the job not of a host, but as a guest,” Rowe said, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “I was basically an avatar on that show.”

As the show gained a following, led by his down-to-earth demeanor, people gained an understanding – and appreciation – for the work everyday Americans are doing.

“Dirty Jobs’ was the granddaddy of essential work shows, but now, on a personal level when I look around, you can’t describe certain work as essential without also implying that certain other kinds of work is non-essential. And I don’t feel good about that,” Rowe says.

In light of the recent pandemic, we’ve all come to see workers in any facet – as essential, Rowe says. That’s what makes the show relevant today.

Mike Rowe Says We Can All Learn From “Dirty Jobs” Message.

“Everybody is essential to somebody, even if it is just themselves. And there is no such thing as non-essential work. That is a different message than the one I started with 20 years ago. It is still hard, it is still dirty, it is still smelly, the shows I work on still have that element to them, but I no longer believe that there is anything non-essential about any job.”

More than ever, people can relate to hard work because we’re all heavily relying on those people. Rowe also reiterates the show is an educational tool. One that we can all benefit from.

“Every now and then the headlines will catch up to the themes of a show, and when that happens, the show is suddenly made relevant in ways that the producers and the host and the network didn’t intend,” he says.

In addition to “Dirty Job”, Rowe also hosts a podcast and occasionally does some voice-over work. His latest venture will be hosting “How America Works” of Fox Business Network.

One thing is clear, however. Rowe just wants to keep people engaged and learning.