Let Us See What Pawn Stars’ Chumlee Has Been Up To Recently

Published on 09/01/2019
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Behind The Scenes With Chumlee Of 'Pawn Stars'

Behind The Scenes With Chumlee Of ‘Pawn Stars’

The History Channel first started airing Pawn Stars in 2009. Since then, it has only gained more and more fans! However, it seems like things have been a little rough for one of the stars on the show. What exactly is going on in Chumlee’s personal and public affairs?

The Star Of The Show

Based in Las Vegas, the show owes its incredible success to funny members of the cast. Among them, we have to thank Austin Lee “Chumlee” Russell! This guy is full of life and knows how to make everyone laugh when the cameras are rolling or not.

The Star Of The Show

The Star Of The Show

Not The Best Student In High School

Before we can dig even deeper into this story, you should first know that he did not have the smoothest childhood ever. To be specific, Chumlee was not a very good student. He did not really do well in school.

Not The Best Student In High School

Not The Best Student In High School

He Never Graduated

When he was still in high school, he often just paid other students to finish his homework for him! We bet no one who knew him back then was surprised to hear when he finally decided to just drop out.

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He Never Graduated

The Story Behind It

There was more to the story than just that, however. Let us take a closer look at his nickname. Even though it might sound like a cute name, they did not start calling him that to pay him a compliment.

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The Story Behind It

Cute Nickname But Cruel Intentions

The truth is that they started to call him this as a reference to a character from a ‘60s cartoon called Tennessee Tuxedo and His Tales. The stout walrus below was called Chumley. Ouch. That must have hurt!

Cute Nickname But Cruel Intentions

Cute Nickname But Cruel Intentions

Friends From Childhood

We are glad to hear that he at least had a friend that he could always rely on ever since he was a kid. We are, of course, talking about Corey Harrison! The two ended up joining the set of Pawn Stars side by side, of course.

A Friendship With Employment Benefits

Friends From Childhood

A Friendship With Employment Benefits

When they were younger, they spent a lot of time at the store owned by Corey’s father Rick. There were perks to the friendship between them! When Chumlee was 21 years old, he managed to find employment by working at the shop!

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A Friendship With Employment Benefits

Not What He Expected

Even though the job comes with certain tasks that require precision, the bulk of the job is simply menial work. It is not going to be the first thing you think of when you are asked to imagine a glamorous job!

Not What He Expected

Not What He Expected

Five Short Years Later

Chumlee landed himself a sweet gig five years after his employment at Gold & Silver began. He found himself on the small screen with everyone else on the team! It looks like he enjoys working with the cameras on him.

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Five Short Years Later

Can’t Help It

The show started to earn more fame and success as the show got renewed again and again. He became known for providing comic relief. He was the one who likes to crack jokes and make people laugh!

Can’t Help It

Can’t Help It

Not The Best Buys

His interests include pinball, sneakers, rap, and video games. Often times, he targeted objects that had to do with these things. Even though we agree that he turns up some fascinating stuff, they do not always translate to smart financial decisions.’

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Not The Best Buys

Making Many Mistakes

He became known for his tendency to make silly mistakes on the show. Apparently, this was nothing new! He did this before they even filmed the show. Once, he left a stand-up bass standing against a shelf. It then fell and shattered into pieces. It cost the shop a jaw-dropping amount of $20,000.

Making Many Mistakes

Making Many Mistakes

Popularity For His Mishaps

The other cast members enjoy teasing him for mistakes like that. If you watch Pawn Stars, perhaps you have noticed just how often moments like that happen on the show. On the bright side, it sure seems like fans love him all the more for it.

Popularity For His Mishaps

Popularity For His Mishaps

Quite The Popular Guy

Did you know that he apparently got so much attention that he needed to get a bodyguard in the beginning? They were there when the cast appeared in public. This is definitely a sign that Chumlee has made it big. Sweet!

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Quite The Popular Guy

Enjoying The Fame

Initially, he liked being the center of attention. He even had a personal assistant with whom he started his very own line of personalized merch. The other cast members decided to follow in his footsteps too!

Enjoying The Fame

Enjoying The Fame

The Fan-Favorite

However, the rest had not seen as much success with the merchandise as he did. This is enough indication that he was truly the most popular among them. He also opened his own candy shop on the Vegas strip.

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The Fan-Favorite

Quite The Private Person

However, he was not really the kind of person who talks about how much money he makes. What we do know is that he got $155k when he ended up selling half of his Gold & Silver shares to Rick back in 2010.

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Quite The Private Person

Surprisingly Business Minded

He made this decision because he wanted to focus on his merch. It seems like he is not entirely a bumbler no matter how he might seem on the show. He clearly has business sense!

Surprisingly Business Minded

Surprisingly Business Minded

Time To Make A Change

That was not the only change he made in his life. Chumlee also began to show an interest in self-improvement. Only two weeks before the show went on air, his dad passed away after combating pancreatic cancer. He died at the age of 54. Russell was not healthy whatsoever, so he decided to turn his life around for the better by improving his diet and exercise regimen.

Time To Make A Change

Time To Make A Change

Taking The Necessary Steps

He actually had a great plan on how to go about this task. He started going to the gym six days out of seven, gulping down fruit smoothies in the morning, and avoiding red meat. Let us see the results!

Taking The Necessary Steps

Taking The Necessary Steps

Impressive Transformation

The intense health plan led to a jaw-dropping transformation. If you want to start living a healthier life, it might be a good idea to do the same thing. After all, he underwent a huge change after some time!

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Impressive Transformation

Healthy And Happy

His unbelievable transformation happened between 2012 and 2013. Yes, he lost that much weight in that amount of time! To be specific, he shed 75 pounds overall. We are happy to see that he does not only look healthier but also seems happier!

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Healthy And Happy

Turning His Life Around

This has given him the opportunity to finally hop aboard the hovercraft he wanted! He used to be too heavy for it. He also started to date Tanya Hyjazi then. She works as a chef at the STACK Restaurant & Bar at the Mirage Casino.

Turning His Life Around

Turning His Life Around

It’s Official

Just recently, the two of them got engaged. He asked her the question at last and gave her a nice big ring. The two celebrated at The Royal Hawaiian Resort. They also celebrated with their pals in the Andiamo Italian Steakhouse in Las Vegas.

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It’s Official

Where Things Went Wrong

Now that we know these things, it might come as a shock to hear that things started to fall apart for him. Apparently, the first sign of trouble occurred in March of 2016. What happened?

Where Things Went Wrong

Where Things Went Wrong

All Charges Were Dropped

That was when he was considered as a suspect in a sexual assault investigation! What’s worse is that the charges had been filed by another shop employee. In the end, it was dropped for insufficient evidence.

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All Charges Were Dropped

Just The Beginning

Even though it could have gone worse for him, this was not the last of his problems with the law. It almost feels like he could not stay out trouble. Why? Well, he ended up getting charged again!

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Just The Beginning

The Results Of A Police Raid

This time, they raided his home and found certain objects in his home. It led to more problems! While the authorities did not see anything related to the case, they did find a number of other things there.

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The Results Of A Police Raid

Illegal Substances Abound

They discovered a gun, marijuana, and crystal meth in the house! You can imagine why these things would raise some red flags for the police officers. They now knew to keep an eye on the TV personality.

Illegal Substances Abound

Illegal Substances Abound

Even More Incriminating Things

They conducted another raid of the house and found more contraband items in there. In particular, they found 11 firearms on the property. This would not be an issue if they were all registered, but they were not.

Even More Incriminating Things

Even More Incriminating Things

Chumlee Arrested

Aside from this, they found drugs again and some evidence of cocaine use. We are sure that you can guess what happened after this. That’s right, they decided that there was nothing to do but to arrest him.

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Chumlee Arrested

At The Very Least

After a couple of months, Chumlee was facing 20 different felony counts. Wow. Even though it is not really a consolation prize, they did not find evidence that he used the firearms for anything illegal. If that had been otherwise, he was going to be in even more hot water!

At The Very Least

At The Very Least

Justice Being Served

He decided to plead guilty to drug possession, unlawful weapons possession, and drug possession. Chumlee did this so that he can get out of spending time in prison. He also received a probation period of one year.

Justice Being Served

Justice Being Served

The Worst Is Behind Him

If he finishes the period without breaking any of the rules, the misdemeanor charge is the only thing that will appear on his record. Apart from that, he also needs to go to counseling, which isn’t such a bad deal. Let’s hope he behaves during his time!

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The Worst Is Behind Him

Thanking His Supporters

Did you think the scandal would end his career? We’ll have you know that the answer to this is a resounding ‘no’. During a follow-up interview at the end of 2016, he said that it had been a rough year for him. However, he still expressed how thankful he was for the support of his fans during that time.

Thanking His Supporters

Thanking His Supporters

Endless Gratitude

He posted this photo on Instagram and wrote this in the caption: “I just wanted to give a quick shout-out to all my amazing fans that come and see me daily at @chums_candy – Thank you all for all the amazing love you show me. Come see me this weekend”.

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Endless Gratitude

The Fate Of Pawn Stars

But what was next for Pawn Stars? In those days, there had been plenty of speculation surrounding the show. Was it going to get renewed or discontinued? Everyone wanted to know the answer to this.

The Fate Of Pawn Stars

The Fate Of Pawn Stars

Back To Normal

We bet you would be glad to hear that the reality TV show is still on the air right now. Moreover, Chumlee has not gone anywhere. We just hope that things return to normal for him soon enough. The probation is about to end, after all.

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Back To Normal

Back And Better Than Ever

Hopefully, Chumlee will soon be as happy as he used to be. Even though the reality TV star went down the wrong path, it looks he is now stronger than ever. We just hope he truly learned from his mistake and has no plans of repeating them!

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Back And Better Than Ever

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