Looks like reality star Chumlee is back to his old hysterical self! Just two weeks after the Pawn Stars favorite went to court and struck a plea deal, avoiding some serious jail time, he has been very active on social media and interacting with fans. Now Chumlee plans on DJing at upcoming Raiders events if the team does move to Las Vegas. Best of all, according to his social media posts, he is returning to Pawn Stars! The world is right again.
According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, who wrote about some of the special perks that the glittery town would give the NFL team should they move to Vegas, Chumlee would DJ at the Raiders events. Through his representative, Chumlee said that not only will he DJ, he won’t charge anything, especially for “charity events.”
Sounds like Chumlee is ready to party! More importantly, the lovable Chumlee is one again promotable. It was not that long ago that there was a great deal of concern that Chumlee was no longer popular with fans, and worst yet, that Chumlee would not return to Pawn Stars because of the arrest.
Until a month ago, it seemed that 2016 was not going to be Chum’s year. On March 9, Chumlee’s life was disrupted when police raided his home due to a possible sexual assault. Although the Pawn Stars favorite was never charged with a sexual assault, he was arrested for 19 other charges related to the police investigation. These charges included possessing a collection of weapons including handguns, shotguns, rifles and revolvers — with only four registered to the reality star. In addition, he had a large stash of marijuana, plastic bags, and scales. Although he told authorities that he “smoked a lot of pot,” there was no doubt that this setup rose suspicions that perhaps he was dealing drugs. Add some Xanax bars, along with a handful of meth capsules, and the happy-go-lucky star was no longer smiling. Chum was facing some serious jail time.
After a brief detention at the Clark County Detention Center, Austin Lee Russell, Chum’s real name, was immediately released on $62,000 bail. Then, there was total silence from the affable star. The silence was deafening. Fans were convinced Chumlee would never be allowed to return to Pawn Stars.
Normally active on Twitter, Chumlee was silent for nearly two months. His Instagram account was canceled. It was not until early May that Chumlee returned to social media, and this included creating a new Instagram account. When asked about his original account, he explained he “deleted it because of all of the RIP comments.”
Ouch. That had to hurt. He went from most likely being the most popular reality star on the History Channel to the goat. This was a public disaster.
Deleted it because of all the RIP COMENTS https://t.co/E3epN5jFfO— Austin Russell (@chumlee_) May 10, 2016
In addition, Chumlee stepped back from public appearances. This included canceling a DJ gig on March 9, two days after his arrest. MNG reported that Chumlee did not want to appear to be partying during this serious time, nor did he want to inconvenience a club owner by needing to provide extra security because of all of the gawkers. Obviously, he was advised by his attorneys to lay low.
The only real public comment about this situation was written by his life-long friend, and son of Rick Harrison, the owner of the World Famous Gold And Silver Pawn Shop, Corey Harrison posted a not-so-cryptic message on his Instagram page saying “Don’t believe everything you hear. There are always three sides to a story, yours, theirs and the truth.” Rick and Corey Harrison have really stuck by Chumlee, not letting the negative media alter their loyalty to their friend.
Two weeks after returning to social media, on May 24, Chumlee went to court and was given a plea deal. This avoided the need to return to court on the previously scheduled June 1.
So, has Chumlee learned something from this experience? Perhaps. On Twitter, one British fan asked Chumlee for “any wise words?” Chum’s words were simple, yet fans wonder if perhaps this was a slight reflection on the ordeal he just went through.
“Think how you would like to but act like the others.”
Think how you would like to but act like others. https://t.co/rjaQ80p6Ch— Austin Russell (@chumlee_) June 7, 2016
While there is still no official word from the History Channel regarding any changes to Pawn Stars, Chumlee continues to tweet that they are on hiatus and will soon be filming.
Do you plant to see Chumlee DJ at Raider events? Have you sent a message to Chumlee on social media? Do you want to see Chumlee return to Pawn Stars?
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