Former Dirty Jobs host Mike Rowe has one less job as of today - the pitchman is no longer a pitchman for Ford, with yesterday's announcement from Rowe ending a seven-year partnership between the TV host and the Blue Oval.

Rowe made the announcement to political pundit Glenn Beck, saying the two are "going in different directions" and wishing Ford "every possibly success that any car company could ever have," according to The Detroit News. Rowe and Ford got together in 2005, right around the time the 51-year-old came to prominence as the host of Dirty Jobs and the narrator for Deadliest Catch, two of the Discovery Channel's most popular shows.

Take a look below for a few video snippets of Rowe's tenure at Ford.









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      Cruising
      • 11 Months Ago
      I respect Mike nothing is beneath him, work is work. There is nothing wrong with the hard working American way, does not matter what you do you need to apply yourself and become really good at it.
      sevenfeet
      • 11 Months Ago
      Seven years is a long time for any ad campaign, much less with a specific personality. Subway's Jared Fogel is one of the few currently airing I can think of that's been on longer. I doubt there was anything wrong with what he was doing...it was just time for Ford's marketing people to try something new.
      Julius
      • 11 Months Ago
      I'm sure Mike will be just fine. Kinda hard to keep a guy who stands up for the hard-working little guy down... even if he was an opera singer... ;)
      jonnybimmer
      • 11 Months Ago
      That's a shame. One of the few people on TV I can think of that I'd actually enjoy meeting in person. He always had a calm sense of reason about him and was really good at disconnecting political bias from everything he worked with. He catered to the blue collar crowd, but I can't recall ever seeing him cater to the conservative political parties, and as someone who has lived in a constantly politically conflicting environment (grew up with a liberal family in a conservative hometown; current residing in a liberal city but I still have many conservative coworkers/friends) I appreciate anyone who can see past the political stereotypes people love to fight over. Hopefully he'll show up on TV again in the future, I'll definitely be watching.
      kajohns1964
      • 11 Months Ago
      Mike Rowe was a real American promoting the last rea! American auto company we have remaining. He will be missed.
        That Guy
        • 11 Months Ago
        @kajohns1964
        What a stupid statement. Why is GM not a "real" American car company? What about Chrysler? Twit.
          gary
          • 11 Months Ago
          @That Guy
          For all intents and purposes, Chrysler is now the American subsidiary of an Italian company.
          Avinash Machado
          • 11 Months Ago
          @That Guy
          So Matt, when are you going to overcome your anger with Ford?
          merlot066
          • 11 Months Ago
          @That Guy
          Hey Matt, ever heard of the Chevy Impala and the Cadillac rebadge of the Impala? Both are made in Canada and, like the Fusion, production of the new Impala moved to the United States.
          That Guy
          • 11 Months Ago
          @That Guy
          Hboi: Ever hear of the Fusion? How about the Lincoln rebadge of the Fusion? --- Avinash: Don't mistake the truth for anger.
          hboi18
          • 11 Months Ago
          @That Guy
          i dont would never drive any "american" car anyway so im pretty happy
      fredintexas
      • 11 Months Ago
      I thought Mike was rather entertaining until I found out that he has appeared on that hate merchant Glenn Beck's show. In the future, I will not be watching Mike Rowe, and it makes me sad that he thinks Beck is sane.
        Chris
        • 11 Months Ago
        @fredintexas
        Before you make such bold statement about Beck, you might want to actually watch his show instead of just mimicking what all the other alarmists and partisan reactionists say so you don't sound like a bumbling idiot. You have a right to not agree with him, but saying he preaches hate is an all out lie. I know this because I used to watch his show occasionally. The first time I saw him, he was still on CNN back in 2007. I thought he was a liberal at the time because of how critical he was of the Bush Administration then. No one seemed to have an issue with him then until he he started criticizing the current administration, and now he's a "merchant of hate". Go figure...
        Chayil
        • 11 Months Ago
        @fredintexas
        Nice. Another left wing radical bigot like you. What do you do for an encore? I am not exactly a super fan of Glenn Beck, but he is no hate merchant. And, it was no crime to be on that show. What does that say then for people who go on with Bill Maher, Jon Stewart or Chris Matthews? Those are the real hate mongers. Sheesh some people...
        Jarda
        • 11 Months Ago
        @fredintexas
        What else makes you sad? Tell us. Meanwhile here's a cure for your feelings: http://goo.gl/mlCm7b
      Chayil
      • 11 Months Ago
      Funny how something like this brings out the anger in left wing liberals. The people who say they love free speech and diversity are the ones who want to actually stifle any freedom of thought. It is all about toeing the party line. Hammer down the nail that sticks up. And, since a certain political persuasion controls CBS, ABC, NBC MSNBC, CNN, most major newspapers and magazines the movie/entertainment business, it sickens me to think Mike had to part ways with Ford. Well, he can do Fox and he can do lots of talk radio. At least there is still a bastion of hope for true freedom of expression.
      OptimusPrimeRib
      • 11 Months Ago
      Great, now he can just stick to campaigning for Wal-Mart to make their workers get terrible wages, treatment, and no benefits. Tis the American way.
        Cool Disco Dan
        • 11 Months Ago
        @OptimusPrimeRib
        Your ignorance isn't surprising.
        Jarda
        • 11 Months Ago
        @OptimusPrimeRib
        I like how so many ppl "fight" for WalMart workers, and when they are asked to pay for their higher wages they suddenly become deaf or have no money. Will Walmart shoppers support "Every Day High Wages?" http://youtu.be/LLr5oWfoWRY
          Jarda
          • 11 Months Ago
          @Jarda
          @razorpit: jeeeeeeez that's the point of the damned video for god's sake
          razorpit
          • 11 Months Ago
          @Jarda
          That's stupid. I don't think I make enough money at work, care to subsidize me?
          Jarda
          • 11 Months Ago
          @Jarda
          @OptimusPrimeRib: Do you ask workers to cover the losses when a company goes down? That's what I thought.
        Technoir
        • 11 Months Ago
        @OptimusPrimeRib
        WAL MART makes over $1 bn a day in sales, yet pay the lowest wages to their staff. So low in fact, that taxpayers need to subsidize them to keep them alive. That's crony capitalism...when hugely profitable firms squeeze the living hell out of their employees.
          Jobu
          • 11 Months Ago
          @Technoir
          Actually Technoir that is very incorrect. Crony Capitalism is when the GOVERNMENT uses the instruments of law- existing or created for the moment- to limit or eliminate competition as a way to reward political allies (read as campaign donors) who are leaders or lobbyists for businesses and it's incredibly anti constitution. Seriously, what's your beef with Walmart's profits? People work there because they choose to. People shop there because they choose to. Freedom of choice means nothing to you?
          brandon
          • 11 Months Ago
          @Technoir
          If you have such a problem with it, don't shop there. I don't. Honestly though, your problem should be with the US government subsidizing the employee's paychecks. Stop subsidizing their paychecks and they will either ask for more money, or get a different job. This is the government's problem, not walmarts. I say this as someone who hasn't spent 50 dollars in the store in over a year. I hate, and I mean HATE, the people that work in the store, not to mention the people that shop there. So I have no reason to ever go there.
          wilkegm
          • 11 Months Ago
          @Technoir
          They made $17bil net profit last year, and employed 2.2mil people. That means they only made $7700 per employee- that really isn't all that much.
      banan
      • 11 Months Ago
      ford adds suck, that guy belongs on the discovery channel!
      amerifight
      • 11 Months Ago
      Mike Rowe is a great American, and he had nothing but nice things to say about Ford.
      mapoftazifosho
      • 11 Months Ago
      Lately he was starting to hang out with the wrong crowd...
        Jarda
        • 11 Months Ago
        @mapoftazifosho
        you mean reason and common sense? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzKzu86Agg0
      charles
      • 11 Months Ago
      No more Ecoboast lies from Mikey.
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