With the mountain of money Top Gear, The Grand Tour and Netflix’s recent big signing of Jerry Seinfeld’s “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” have been getting, it looks like a lot more production companies are looking to profit off all the great car show content out right now. That may sound like a amazing opportunity for all of our favorite car shows, but for Edd China of Wheeler Dealers, it gave him reason to leave his show and what followed was a storm of hate for his former co-host, Mike Brewer, in a classic “you sold your creative soul” divorce.
China went to YouTube to talk to those “supportive” fans to help try and lower the virtual torches and pitchforks as Brewer’s family were starting to get threats and we all know there’s no place for that.
My video about leaving Wheeler Dealers has generated a huge response, so thank you for that, but there are now a lot of questions to answer; the first is about Mike (transcript below):-
It seems we need to talk about Mike.
A lot of you have been asking if I’m still talking to Mike, whether I’m upset with him, and whether we’ll continue to be friends in the future.
…And the answer is… of course! Is he my favourite person at right now? Probably not. And I know for sure I am not his, but that’s ok.
We’re both adults; we’ll get over ourselves, we’ll get past it and we’ll be fine.
Now, Mike called me at the weekend and told me that over the past few days; not only he, but also his wife and daughter had been receiving a lot of abuse and even death threats, because of my leaving the show, and that’s really NOT cool.
We’ve just had a slight disagreement on how the show should be made – nobody needs to die!
We were brought together 14 years ago specifically to make Wheeler Dealers, and our instant on screen chemistry was what made Dan Allum and Michael Wood cast us together for their show.
Part of the success of our relationship is the fact that we have very different backgrounds and very different ways of doing things.
In fact, our different approach to a common interest is one of the many winning ingredients of the show. Creative tension, if managed properly, always makes for a better result.
Let’s look at the positives here, I am now free to pursue new ventures and with any luck I will be able to make some kind of new show that will include all of my usual detailed jobs and Top Tips.
Mike will make new episodes of Wheeler Dealers, and to those; Ant will bring a new chemistry with Mike and his own approach to the classics going through the workshop. It will be really interesting to see what these changes will bring.
So, with any luck, you might end up with two new shows where there was only one.
That’s got to be a cracking deal!