“American Chopper” has had a great ride, but like all things, it must now drive off into the sunset. It was announced on Friday that after a decade on TV, and battles between Paul Teutul Sr. and his son that ranged from the show to court cases, the series is going to be coming to an end with its live build-off special on December 11.
In many ways, the timing of the cancellation feels almost poetic, as Paul Sr. and Paul Jr. have finally started to mend fences in their long-troubled relationship, which was fine at the start of the series so many years ago. This means that the show could at least have some sort of reasonably happy ending, even though there is a fanbase here that is so devoted that Discovery not only brought it back once already following cancellation, but would probably watch it for another ten years if given a chance.
In a statement, here is what Discovery and TLC Networks group president Eileen O’Neill had to say per Entertainment Weekly:
“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.”
Discovery and TLC’s programming has also seen quite an evolution over the past ten years; while the former network continues to be focused largely on some educational programming including their “Curiosity” series and “Mythbusters,” the latter network has slowly more involved with producing controversial shows including “Sister Wives,” “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo,” and “19 Kids and Counting.”