What You Never Knew About Dirty Jobs’ Mike Rowe

Mike Rowe had no television experience when, in 1990, he auditioned for a gig on home shopping channel QVC. As Rowe wrote in a Facebook post, he “didn’t have any qualifications to speak of” when he auditioned, which involved demonstrating he could talk “for eight minutes without stuttering, blabbering, spitting.” pass out or vomit”.

The subject of this eight-minute sales pitch was a pencil. “Sell it. Make me want it,” Rowe recalled, with the promise of a job at QVC if he could do it. So, for a full eight minutes, he discussed everything from the durability of the pencil to its impact on Western civilization – and landed the job.

Keeping it, however, was another matter altogether. “I wasn’t very good,” Rowe admitted in an interview with “Access,” revealing he was fired three times by QVC. One of those times, Rowe told the San Francisco Chronicle, was for “inappropriate contact with a nun doll,” while another dismissal came when he regaled viewers with an anecdote about Father Christmas wasn’t real. During a break, a producer told him they had been inundated with calls from viewers – not wanting to buy something, but to demand his resignation.

Clifton L. Boyd