‘Gold Rush’ Star Dustin Hurt Opens Up About His Father Fred

by Chris Haney
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As Gold Rush: White Water gets ready to air its newest episode later tonight, miner Dustin Hurt opened up about his crotchety mining veteran father, Fred Hurt, in a new interview.

Hurt talked to Looper recently by phone about the fifth season of the Discovery Channel spinoff series. As always, his “Dakota Boys” mining crew will face new challenges as they look to strike it rich. The stakes are higher than ever for Dustin and his dad who is also his business partner.

Hurt’s crew is once again mining Alaska’s Chilkat Mountains during the fifth season of the hit show. While fans of the Discovery series will recognize many of the crew’s workers, there are some new faces as well this season. Yet one face that will be absent on the dig sites this year is Fred Hurts.

“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.”

The Gold Rush: White Water miners will also work two dig sites similar to previous seasons. That hasn’t changed, but Fred’s role has changed to more of a background role in Season 5.

“Yeah, Fred didn’t want to run a crew this year,” Hurt 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.”

‘Gold Rush’ Star Admits He’s Never Watched the Show

Some people who make it onto television or into a movie go out of their way to watch themselves on the small or big screen. You can’t really blame them. However, those people aren’t Dustin Hurts from Gold Rush: White Water.

The reality TV star and his gold mining veteran father don’t seem to put much weight behind viewing themselves on-screen. They’ve got a solid grasp on the job at hand in the Chilkat Mountains. And they’re often too busy to even care about how they’re represented on the Discovery series. While speaking to Looper, Hurt admitted that not watching the show may put him and his crew at a disadvantage.

“So I’m at a disadvantage, because I’ve never watched the show ever, and I don’t know that I ever will,” the Gold Rush star told the publication. “I don’t know what they show anyone because I don’t watch the show, but I can tell you when the camera’s around. I think they probably get 80, 90% of it, but it’s those clutch moments where things really go down. If they’re in transit or you know the cameras glitching or something of that nature. They can’t always follow us where we go because some of the places are just too dangerous for camera.”

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