Most reality show stars, when asked about their worst experiences, usually don’t have very many to think about before arriving at an answer. But virtually everything that former Dirty Jobs host Mike Rowe knows is “terrible experiences,” albeit ones that he got to leave behind after taping. For a recent Reddit AMA, Rowe was asked about the most shockingly awful situation he’d ever found himself in while on that show, and his answer below may give you the heebie jeebies if you’re at all claustrophobic.
It might surprise you to find out that I, someone who sits down at a computer for at least 10 hours a day for his job, am not at all interested in finding out what refurbishing an ocean buoy is like firsthand. I’m barely able to wrap my brain around this secondhand. There’s a lot of bullshit that Rowe went through for Dirty Jobs, from picking through bird vomit to cleaning up sludge, but those are merely gross without preying upon an innate human fear of being trapped. I wonder who they’d get to wipe my screams off of the walls after I’d escape that situation.
At this point, I’m kind of surprised that Rowe hasn’t been tapped to come up with horror movie concepts yet. “You see, it’s like The Descent, only inside of an ocean buoy.” I’d watch that between barnacle-covered fingers.
During the AMA, someone else asked him about any jobs that he wanted to go on that were considered too dangerous or inappropriate. His answer was a rendering facility, and here’s his surprising reason why it was off limits.
So yeah, the next time you start to complain about your job, just remember that you don’t have to deal with the Mob or super-tight spaces on a daily basis. Unless you do. Check out Mike Rowe’s new show Someone’s Gotta Do It every Wednesday night on CNN.
Nick is a Cajun Country native, and is often asked why he doesn't sound like that's the case. His love for his wife and daughters is almost equaled by his love of gasp-for-breath laughter and gasp-for-breath horror. A lifetime spent in the vicinity of a television screen led to his current dream job, as well as his knowledge of too many TV themes and ad jingles.
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