Has 'Storage Wars' lost its mojo?
Tabloid reports are undermining the cable show's credibility even further.
Radar Online is reporting that producers have cut back the appearances of auctioneers Dan and Laura Dotson and Darrell Sheets, known to his fans as "The Gambler."
The reason for the snub, according to the website, is money. Says one anonymous source: "It seems as if they are going after some of the higher paid cast members." A spokesperson for A&E couldn't be reached for comment, and Dan Dotson didn't respond to an email requesting comment.
Sheets, who Radar Online says was cut out of six episodes, took to Twitter to deny the story, saying, "I've heard nothing about any of this from the network." He accused former cast member Dave Hester of stirring up trouble.
Hester, dubbed "The Mogul," has claimed in a lawsuit that he was fired after objecting to producers placing unusual and valuable items in lockers to make auctions more interesting. The "salting" was known to all the cast members and discussed openly, according to Hester, who did not respond to an email requesting comment. On his Twitter feed, he has noted with apparent glee the decline in the show's ratings, which he attributes to his absence.
"Storage Wars" has turned a once sleepy $22 billion industry into a field of dreams where people think immediate riches await them. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, most storage units contain mundane household items, and the odds of landing a big score such as the $300,000 worth of Frank Gutierrez artwork that "Storage Wars" cast member Darrell Sheets found last year are fairly slim. (Fans can buy the paintings on his website at $700 each.)
The reason why is simple: People who store valuable items usually have the sense to remove them from a storage locker if they fall behind in the rent.
A&E Television Networks, a joint venture between Walt Disney (DIS) and Hearst Corp., has denied Hester's allegations, as have other members of the cast. "Storage Wars" remains one of the most popular shows on cable and now has spin-off shows based in Texas and New York. There are similar shows on other networks, such as Spike's "Auction Hunters" and trueTV's "Storage Hunters."
Anyone who thinks they can be a storage warrior should be prepared to wade through crowds of people with the same idea and come with plenty of cash. Many lockers now fetch top dollar thanks to the show's popularity.
--Jonathan Berr does not own shares of the listed stocks. Follow him on Twitter @jdberr.
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You quickly figured out it was all bogus.
There was also way too many re-runs.
You don't have to be Einstein to figure out these shows are rigged. Who's going to watch if they really showed the truth which is that most of the items in these units are junk that even the owner didn't want.
I used to watch also but got real tired of Sheets telling us he's sick and tired of carrying his boy and he is going to have to sink or swim and he is going to have to cut him loose and what a screw up he is ... do it loudmouth!
Of course, love Brandy, but Dave popped my bubble when he implied the show helped with her boob job, that might also explain why she's always over dressed for an auction. And why does she stay with that looser Jerrod (kids is not an excuse).
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