• Feb 8, 2010
It's been a long time coming, but celebrity gossip site TMZ reports that American Chopper has finally been canceled. A spokesperson for TLC, which picked the show up after its first few years on The Discovery Channel, said, "The Teutuls will always be a part of the Discovery family and we congratulate them on a tremendously successful series run." The final episode will air February 11 at 9:00 PM.

It wasn't tough to see this one coming from a mile away. The hit show has seemingly been just a shell of its former self since two of the original Teutul trio have stopped speaking to their father and disappeared completely from the Orange County Choppers shop.

Recall also that Paul Teutul filed a lawsuit against Paul Teutul Jr. for over a million dollars a couple of months ago and it's easy to see that things have been going south for quite some time. Finally, now that the crew has built customs that run on everything from gasoline to ethanol, diesel, compressed natural gas, electricity and even a hybrid, there just don't seem to be any more alternative fuels left to conquer.

[Source: TMZ]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Had a friend try to get work done before the show and they were jerks. I watched it, entertained for years, but their bikes suck. I own an American Ironhorse and have ridden Harleys as well, and only seen an OCC bike on the road once and that was at Daytona with hundreds of thousands of bikes. No one I know had any interest in their production bikes. The size they built that company into will now bite them in the ass as they look around a huge fabricating facility with nothing to build.This was a reality show that sold cool t-shirts. Watching this to learn about the bike biz is about as good an idea as watching Jon and Kate Plus 8 for parenting tips. A train wreck waiting to happen, that like all reality TV shows finally did. Then again, all the official word is that they could not reach terms. Since they went from Discovery to TLC, another reality show network might just snap them up and it can go on "business as usual" but like the TLC version of the show, it will never be the same or as fun... It ran out of steam.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This was a great show in the beginning, then you got to watch the Teutuls shoot themselves in the feet. If you wanted to watch a father and son have a bitchfest, it was the show for you. Might as well watch a soap opera.
      • 4 Years Ago
      the shows ratings speak for its success over a great run. Senior did a great deal for his children and we need to be careful how severe we judge this guy. If it were not for him, the show would never have been and moose gets your facts straight
      • 4 Years Ago
      No surprise there. Have only watched sporadically for the last couple of years as the show was just a shell of its early days. All the interestesting characters are long gone. Never really thought much of their bikes but it was obvious that JR was the only creative force there. Always thought the screaming bit was largly an act, but it appears senior an JR really couldn't get along. Hope their happy in their million dollar houses, not speaking to each other.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Heck, even Letterman, who used to come off his podium to hug Sr., blew Sr off in his last appearance 2 weeks ago. Basically told him the show wasn't working anymore and didn't even say good-bye to Sr.

      Good riddance.
      • 4 Years Ago
      They had a nice gimmick, but no real talent.

      Doo-dads and gee-gaws bolted to generic bought chopper frame do not make a cool bike. Their early theme bikes have always been about the third or fourth grade level, and the later ones are pure corporate jobs; by definition not actually cool.

      Paul JR Designs? FAIL. Who wants to work with a juvenile primadonna douchebag who can't be bothered to show up for work on time?
        • 4 Years Ago
        oh man u just made me really laugh doo daddds on generic bikes lol that as the whole show of the shows i watched which were not many Look at all the comments about JRs. design ability he's so talented lol doo daddds welded to metal ship how appropriate your comments are right on the money
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sad to see a family break apart like that. Reality TV is not reality, it's pretentious television...

      It was fun to watch while it lasted. You knew it was over when the sons left or were fired from Sr's company. You'd like to think he was building it for and with his family but it was more about feeding his greedy ego. That's not necessarily bad but at the expense of family and friends?

      The designs were ridiculous but who wouldn't want to design fantasy bikes for a living? It was obvious their customers were paying for the marketing spotlight.

      I like that Jr. is proving he can actually design on his own and I believe he was the creative force of OCC. Would I ever want one of their bikes, no but I would like to see them at a show or museum. Besides, those sharp edges and points would probably hurt me or someone, lol.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I had a hard time watching the show. Dysfunctional families hollaring at each other doesn't do it for me. Kinda like the bikes till I saw one in person. Workmanship was sub par when you looked close. Welds were rough, metalwork misaligned. Certainly not worth what they were asking for them.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Self inflicted wound. It wasn't about alternate fuels anyhow. It was about cool custom motorcycles being enginerred and built, and watching opinionated child like primadonnas screaming at and threatening each other.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I must have missed that ONE episode where they actually "engineered" anything.

        All they ever did was order parts from Custom Chrome or other biker catalog and bash them together till they fit. The only one of them with any talent was Rick (with sheetmetal) and Vinny (mechanicals).
        • 4 Years Ago
        What was the point of producing an alternative-fueled chopper anyways? Consider the mileage these bikes see (if they're ever ridden). It's not like they used up much gas to begin with. Aside from boasting points and a higher price tag (again, boasting points), there never really was a purpose for them to have that kind of technology. The only appeal this show seemed to have is the same emotional conflict crap Real World or Jersey Shore have.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well, one time they put the oil reservoir in entirely the wrong spot so it didn't work and so they had to engineer a way to make it work effectively long enough to actually drive the bike (they failed to do so in time to show the bike off). Of course Jr. and Sr. had nothing to do with this process.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I liked the show, because it reminded me of the fued between many father son relationships. But I agree the first episodes were better. It showed them with a small shop, building bikes. Then the producers decided they wanted the drama, because it keeps people ( who don't care about bikes ) watching. The only people who are going to win in this are the lawyers. If Paul and Paul were smart they would shake hands and go seperate ways, and fire the lawyers. Its going to be like a messy divorce.
      • 4 Years Ago
      true
      • 4 Years Ago
      JR was no fabricator. It was Rick and Vinny. There is a reason why JR/OCC was NEVER on biker buildoff.
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