Mike Rowe is back at it with “Dirty Jobs.” The TV star recently spoke out about the reboot series, “Dirty Jobs: Rowe’d Trip,” and getting the crew back together for the series.
During an interview with Fox News, the 58-year-old TV host said that he and his crew hope to reconnect with many of the essential workers they encountered. Over the show’s eight-year run, Rowe says tons of footage never made the final cut. “There’s all sorts of footage. Our cameras never stopped rolling on ‘Dirty Jobs’ and we never did a second take.” Rowe says the crew kept “vaults” of unseen footage.
The Discovery Channel star says the show took on a life of its own after the end of shooting. Because the show aired “thousands of times,” Rowe says the crew plans to show additional footage from many of those “iconic and fan-favorite” moments. “Even though we stopped shooting in 2012, the show never really went off the air.”
Rowe says “Dirty Jobs” was a tough gig that took its toll on the crew. “And I think viewers might also be surprised to see what five dudes look like eight years later after spending 15 years together shooting a show like this,” he said.
All in all, Rowe’s crew hopes to show moments and odd jobs that are simply a way of life for some. “It was really about that – capturing those moments that hadn’t been captured on film before and then just reveling in them and getting to know the jobber, too,” Rowe said. “This is a really important part of the show.
Mike Rowe on the Purpose of “Dirty Jobs”
While many focus on the jobs, Rowe says the show primarily aims to highlight the workers. “You know, a lot of people figure ‘Dirty Jobs’ as a show about jobs that are dirty, but it’s really a show about the people who do those jobs,” he said. “And as the show progressed and gained in popularity, it shifted and it really became a rumination on work and a reflection on what a good job was.”
Rowe continued by addressing the essential vs. non-essential worker issue. With 40 million Americans unemployed, Rowe says job stability may become more important than ever following the coronavirus pandemic. “To be a skilled worker, to be an essential worker in this day and age is to have a level of job security that I think is going to become a whole lot more desirable than it’s ever been before,” Rowe said.
In conclusion, Rowe tells fans what to expect from “Dirty Jobs: Rowe’d Trip.” He says, “Watching this show is basically – it would be like coming over to my house when I’ve got the original crew with me and I’m in control of the remote. And we’re just looking back at the library of the show and I’m telling you everything you need to know about what it took to make it happen.”
Be sure to catch Mike Rowe in “Dirty Jobs: Rowe’d Trip” Tuesdays on Discovery Channel at 9 p.m. EST.
[H/T Fox News]