American Chopper has apparently run out of gas.
The popular reality show about the contentious Teutul family who run a custom-motorcyle-building shop called Orange County Choppers in upstate New York is ending its run on the Discovery Channel after ten years on the air. The last episode is scheduled to be broadcast on December 11 which will reportedly feature a live bike build-off in Las Vegas.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Discovery released the following statement about the demise of AmericanChopper:
“After 10 years and 233 episodes of incredible, riveting reality television, American Chopper will be ending its run. This series was one of the very first family-based reality programs on television. Special thanks to Pilgrim Studios for over a decade of great producing. The Teutuls have given us really innovative bike builds and real drama since 2002. We wish both Orange County Choppers and Paul Junior Designs the best.”
After moving from Discovery to its sister channel TLC, the show was cancelled once before when Paul and his son were in the midst of a bitter feud, but was brought back in 2010 as American Chopper: Juniorvs. Senior before resuming its original, shorter name. The show’s executive producer referred to the series as “the first family docusoap.” He was also, however, noncommittal about whether the show could be once again brought back some time in the future. American Chopper is considered the first breakout reality show for gear-heads.
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