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Towson grad Mike Rowe loses his 'Dirty Job'

Baltimore native and Towson University graduate Mike Rowe informed fans on Thanksgiving Eve that the Discovery Channel show he hosted, "Dirty Jobs," was no more.

Rowe, the show's creator and executive producer, wrote on his blog that it was canceled:

"A few weeks ago, I was officially informed that Dirty Jobs had entered into a new phase," Rowe wrote on his blog. "One I like to call, 'permanent hiatus.' Or in the more popular industry vernacular, canceled."

"Dirty Jobs" was a reality show in which Rowe and his crew traveled across the country to document some of the most unsavory jobs.

"Dirty Jobs is a very personal show, and it's difficult for me to imagine a future that does not involve exploding toilets, venomous snakes, misadventures in animal husbandry, and feces from every species," he wrote. 

He thanked his crew -- but especially the American public, both for watching for eight years and for sharing their worlds with him.

"From pig farmers to bridge painters, roughnecks to gandy dancers, your hospitality was exceeded only by your candor and good humor," Rowe continued. "According to the credits, I am the host of Dirty Jobs, but really, it's been you guys all along. I'm just the guest, and you have made me feel welcome on 300 different occasions in all 50 states."

Rowe said he wasn't sure what's next for him. Just that he planned to take it easy through the holidays.

"I'm looking forward to the future, and feeling grateful for the past. As for the present, I'm going to eat the lions share of a large turkey waiting for me in the next room, drink some champagne, catch up with family, watch the football game, and sleep till Christmas."

Read more on huffingtonpost.com.

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