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      Ed China is leaving Wheeler Dealer

      Ed said in his video farewell that Velocity Network thought there was too much "Shop time" in the show and not enough product placement.

      He quit.

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      Quote Originally Posted by RockWgn View Post
      Ed said in his video farewell that Velocity Network thought there was too much "Shop time" in the show and not enough product placement.

      He quit.

      WTF? I hope he resurfaces with a similar show somewhere else.

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      Good on Ed for quitting, but damn does that hurt. Mike's a good dude, but Ed made the show.

      It's one of about 4 shows I watch on a regular basis and that was the appeal of the show, the shop time and technicality.

      Oh well, I understand where the producers are coming from too.

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      Quote Originally Posted by RockWgn View Post
      Ed said in his video farewell that Velocity Network thought there was too much "Shop time" in the show and not enough product placement.

      He quit.
      Good for him. Screw that clickbait-esque channel. I have not seen the show in some time since I don't feel like paying for cable but I always thought there was not enough shop time.
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      Yeah, I saw this on FB earlier. It's too bad that he's leaving but I'm glad he did stand up to the producers. The shop time is what I watched it for and the lack of "Here is XYZ product that you could install to gain a billion horsepower". (Looking at you any car show on Spike).

      He did say he'll do some Youtube stuff and maybe he'll get a show down the road.

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      *Edd*

      Yeah, that sucks.
      We do not need another Gas Monkey/Fantom Works/Spike TV type of show though, so good for him for making a stand.

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      Quote Originally Posted by RockWgn View Post
      Ed said in his video farewell that Velocity Network thought there was too much "Shop time" in the show and not enough product placement.

      He quit.
      So in its place we get, what? More screen time for the poor tortured souls that are uncomfortable on-camera, selling cars to Mike during obviously forced and contrived "negotiations"? Sweet.

      I'm sure the producers have done their research on this matter, but it doesn't give me much reason to continue watching
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      Good on Edd. I agree, the shop time is what made the show for me. The depth of Ed's knowledge and ability to work on just about anything was always interesting. Typically, I'd fast forward Mike's purchase segment in the beginning and start watching when the rolled up to the garage.

      He also has some awesome t-shirts.
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      Damn im gonna miss Edd China. As a lot of others have said, the shop time made the show great. Edd always did a fantastic job explaining things in detail. I wish him the best in his future endeavors


      Edit: now that i know a little more about it, i have to say im glad Edd is not willing to sellout on us. It shows he is as genuine of a person in real life as he is on screen. Good for him. Im sad it has to end this way.
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      Super bummed about this. I've been watching this show since the start, and Edd was by far the best part of it! Apparently they are the most popular Car show on TV right now, so I'm sure he will land on his feet.
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      Quote Originally Posted by DonL View Post
      Good on Ed. I agree, the shop time is what made the show for me. The depth of Ed's knowledge and ability to work on just about anything was always interesting. Typically, I'd fast forward Mike's purchase segment in the beginning and start watching when the rolled up to the garage.

      He also has some awesome t-shirts.
      This was my routine.

      I'd love to see just an Edd show, where he has a garage and regular folks bring in their obscure cars to repair.

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      Quote Originally Posted by RockWgn View Post
      Ed said in his video farewell that Velocity Network thought there was too much "Shop time" in the show and not enough product placement.

      He quit.
      The Last Boy Scout. Really the last man of honor. They did not get the point of the show...that anyone can keep a car on the road if they know what to look for and how to do it. Because of him I've fixed broken odometers, dyed seats, bought a parts car for its wheels and interior*, set floats, tested relays, spot fixed paint, installed a dashboard, reset window trim, adjusted windows, rebuilt pumps, wired headlights..it's endless.

      In every installment they would show a tip or two or three that would point out a novel way to approach a problem that you could file away. Yes they probably fixed more than they showed, and yes, the money made part may not have always squared with the truth...it's a show...but once you watched enough of their shows Edd's way of problem solving became your way of thinking about your car. There's not enough of that nowadays. It was a reality show that made it easier to deal with the reality of old car ownership. It will be missed.

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      Quote Originally Posted by RockWgn View Post
      Ed said in his video...

      said in his video...

      in his video...

      his video...

      video...
      And you didn't think to post it?

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      =/ Bah. My favorite car show is losing my favorite part and favorite presenter. Good on Edd for sticking to his spanners.

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      Quote Originally Posted by rawk View Post
      super bummed about this. I've been watching this show since the start, and edd was by far the best part of it! Apparently they are the most popular car show on tv right now, so i'm sure he will land on his feet.
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      Quote Originally Posted by fbobberts View Post
      The Last Boy Scout. Really the last man of honor. They did not get the point of the show...that anyone can keep a car on the road if they know what to look for and how to do it. Because of him I've fixed broken odometers, dyed seats, bought a parts car for its wheels and interior*, set floats, tested relays, spot fixed paint, installed a dashboard, reset window trim, adjusted windows, rebuilt pumps, wired headlights..it's endless.
      Seriously. I would watch the segments with Edd and go "oh that's an easier way to go about doing X, Y, and Z."
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      Dang, good for you Edd.

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      Quote Originally Posted by @McMike View Post
      And you didn't think to post it?
      Thank you!

      And... I'm done with that show. Edd was the best part of it.

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      Quote Originally Posted by saron81 View Post
      *Edd*

      Yeah, that sucks.
      We do not need another Gas Monkey/Fantom Works/Spike TV type of show though, so good for him for making a stand.

      Fantom works is actually one of my favorite of all the cars shows along with Bitch n Rides, Wheeler Dealers, Grave Yard Cars and CCC.


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      I dont know why producers continue to ruin tv shows of all kinds, not just this one.

      They had a way they did the show. It got popular because of it. Popular enough that they wanted to bring a US version to Velocity. It got popular for a reason, why do they feel they need to change it now? It rarely works and makes a show better.

      I've seen it coming though. The later US versions have been much more about the buy/sale/test drive then they have been about the work on the car, but I thought they were reaching an OK balance. Even less wrenching will just destroy what the show mainly was, the refurbishment of older cars.

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      Ugh. That was the only show of the genre I could watch. All the rest are crap with way, way too much contrived B.S.

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      There goes the best car show on TV. I've watched some of the episodes several times. It's one of the only shows that's actually educational, and we owe that to Edd. The guy can fix anything, and does a great job of explaining what he's doing. I hope to see him in another show soon.

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      Its also interesting that Edd has joined Aaron Kaufman in leaving a popular show, more than likely down to the way the production and substance of the show is and not meshing with what got them started with it in the first place.

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      Edd will do great coming out of this I'm sure. His talent comes far and few between.

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