The TV show Gold Rush is wildly popular. Does anyone know if the miners make money from the advertisers, have endorsements with the equipment manufacturers, are they compensated by the Discovery producers or do they only make money when the find gold?
They are actors who are also miners. One of the miners, Fred Hurt, released a nice incendiary FB post after a dispute over money in Season 4:
Why we are not on “Gold Rush” this fall……..this may be news to many……
I am not rich…..I am a working class guy like most of you. After spending more for four years straight than I made, there was no way for me to continue.
But the main reason is simple……and I quote….”If you want a Miner, call me…….if you want an Actor, pay me like one.”
Dustin and I were “hard to work with”. Interpretation ?……we did not go along with every cocamainy idea the film people dreamed up……
Corporate beancounters also wanted to consolidate their operation after a disastrous South American season. They also layed out mega millions to buy the company filming Gold Rush.
Sssssooo……as we were the ‘Red Headed Stepchild’, we were on our own…….