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There are times where you flip through the channels or go through the internet and see videos of Pawn Stars. Sometimes you tell yourself, “Oh, this seems interesting” then go on to “how much are they gonna take it for?”. Well, you have to admit that the show is pretty addicting. Everyone will get sucked into the amazing and funny world of the Harrison Family. Fans of the show just cannot get enough of Rick, Big Hoss, The Old Man, and Chumlee, and the hilarious bond between everyone doing their jobs right in front of the camera for a reality TV show.
It may seem odd, but not everything we observe that happens in the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop is actually the way it is in reality. Another odd thing is, whatever drama is going on behind the scenes should be its own reality spinoff.
Here we will cover the top 15 juic Pawn Stars facts that every TV lover must know about!
1. Hate Surprises
You might think that the Pawn Stars love to be surprised for what item is next on the agenda. No. These guys do not like to be surprised. During the production of each episode, they know every item that’s going to pass by them. It is mostly the producers that are heavily involved in choosing the right items for each episode. Even all of the spontaneous moments are calculated.
Even though the Pawn Stars cast does make money from being on television, the Gold & Silver remains a functioning pawn shop and has been since 1989 by the patriarch Harrison Clan. The stars mostly get their profits from their show-related memorabilia. Because of more than 4,000 visitors a day, they usually make at least an easy $8,000 per day. However, do not expect to show up in the pawn shop and be able to meet up with the cast members. When the cameras are off, sometimes the members will stay in the shop and do meet-and-greets, but most of the time the cast will go home and let the other employees handle the shop.
3. Stolen Diamonds
Although the Pawn Stars are generous with their offers, some clients will actually try to sell items that are not theirs. For example, in one of the episodes, Rick bought a pair of diamond earrings for $40,000. Although it turned out that the earings were authentic and real diamonds, the person selling them did not actually own them. The diamonds were actually stolen and sold on TV through the Pawn Stars. The bad news was the thief burnt through all of the cash before the police were able to maintain the situation. This caused Rick to return the jewelry without any compensation.
4. It’s Broken
The Pawn Stars always had trouble, especially with people trying to sell to the cast some stolen goods. However, in some cases, stolen goods might be considered a small case compared to when the cast lost money due to their own actions. Once, Chumlee leaned against a stand-up bass that they had just bought. However, the bass was fragile and could not stand straight. This action caused the bass to topple over and break on the floor. Like one of Chumlee’s shenanigans, he tried to hide the destroyed item by shoving the broken parts back inside the case. Of course, moments later his friends found out. The broken bass cost the cast $20,000.
5. Big Boss’s Big Change
Only the die-hard Pawn Star fans noticed something quite unusual from one of the main roles from the show. In 2014, Corey “Big Hoss” Harrison went through a dramatic transformation. He had lap-band surgery intended to treat obesity by slowing down the consumption of food thus reducing the amount of food consumed. In the end, the surgery paid off. Now, Big Hoss weighs just under 200 pounds.
6. Autograph Time
Once in a while, a celebrity will appear on the set in an episode of Pawn Stars. Obviously, the celebrity visits are not spontaneous and are actually arranged way before production of the episode. Sometimes the celebrities come onto the show to advertise their creations or movies. For example, Steve Carell appeared in an episode of Pawn Stars with the costume from The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, to advertise an upcoming movie.
7. Goodbye Ol’ Timer
Richard Benjamin Harrison Jr., who is also called “The Old Man” or “The Appraiser” in the TV show, was the man that started the whole business. He was the patriarch of the Harrison Family and started the Gold & Silver in 1989. Though he always appeared on the show since the first episode onward, many devoted fans knew something was up. People started speculating that the Old Man couldn’t appear on the show and it seemed that the fans were right. Richard passed away in 2018 after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease.
8. Friendly Experts
Whenever there is a scene where the cast cannot find the answer for an item and need to call an expert for advice, the actors claim that the experts they call are their close personal friends that they trust to appraise the item according to their expertise. However, that’s not really true. The cast members, in fact, do know these experts but are not actually close friends with them. In reality, during the planning phase of an episode, when the cast has an extremely rare item ready for them to identify, the producers search and hire expert appraisers. Also, some of the experts that are called in to identify the items will do the job for free just to be on Pawn Stars.
9. Chumlee Gone Wild
Austin Russell, also known as Chumlee, is very stable and cheerful on camera, but Chumlee has a dark past that keeps haunting him up until this day. In 2016, police came and raided his home in response to serious assault allegations. Also, during the police raid, the police found his hidden stash of illegal weapons and drugs. Later that year, Chumlee pled guilty to the multiple felony charges.
10. Rick’s Wife’s Scary Past
Deanna Burditt has a very rough past. Before Rick married her in 2013, Deanna had problems with her previous husband. Her ex-husband, who coincidentally has the same name Richard, was arrested for assaulting a student in a high school where he was working as a janitor. Richard tried to avoid jail time for years while his trial kept going on. However, as of 2018, he was caught by the police and is now in prison.
11. The Comic Relief
Back when the show was still in production for its first season, Chumlee was not originally planned to be in the show. Although Chumlee is one of the show’s fans’ favorite, the producers initially wanted to focus only on the Harrison family and leave Chumlee to work in the background as a silent employee. In the end, the producers decided that they needed a fourth cast member into the show that could show humor. As one of Corey’s best friends and actual employee for the Gold & Silver for five years, the producers finally chose Chumlee.
12. Pawn Plaza
After the amazing success from the Pawn Stars reality TV show, Rick grew the Pawn Stars name by opening a brand new store called the Pawn Plaza. The Pawn Plaza is a shopping center built out of large metal shipping containers. However, as of today, not that many people go to the Pawn Plaza, but there are still quite a few tenants that have businesses there like Chumlee’s very own candy store.
13. Exotic Items
The Pawn Stars go through hundreds of rare items a day and still find amusing and exotic pieces. Even though they are told what items are going to be shown on TV next, they still feel shocked and naturally interested in some of the items that come across them. Some of the weirdest items that were shown onscreen are human skulls in a bag, a one-person submarine, and even old Japanese erotica. Now those items are pretty odd to find in a pawn shop!
14. Major Hit Off-Screen
Even though the Pawn Stars are a TV show, it doesn’t mean that they are not a real pawn shop. Because their show is a huge hit, these guys get tons of visitors showing up every day. Nearly 4,000 visitors per day and almost 1.5 million visitors a year. Also, the store manager has said that barely any of the visitors are really there for business. About 1 out of 100 visitors do real business and might get a shot into the show.
15. Behind the Scenes
When the cameras stop rolling, the stars keep on going. When the Pawn Stars aren’t in the middle of production, they make a ton of money off of their fans. Pawn Stars love to do meet-and-greets and as well allow the fans to get a VIP experience that takes them around Las Vegas and behind the scenes during production.