The “dysfunctional” Teutul family had a fabulous TV series run. And now it’s over. The Learning Channel just announced that it has canceled the show with the season finale started last Thursday and the last episode airing February 11 at 9pm (8pm central).
What appears to some as an abrupt decision was expected by many due to several factors.
1- Overall Lassitude 2- A legal battle between Paul Teutul Senior and Junior in which TLC may not want to be involved (who owns the “American Chopper” business?) 3- A show losing its substance (with Paul Jr. & Mickey gone) and its “family value” destroyed (viewers don’t seem to approve Paul Senior spending time on camera constantly attacking his 2 sons).
While many will argue about the reasons of the show cancellation (TLC will not officially say), what I wonder about is what going to happen to the OCC business. It seems to me that the business infrastructure and logistics ((building, equipment, employees) could only be supported by the TV show. And now? Expect a very long lawsuit, tons of lawyer fees and whatever the settlement of trial judgment, I bet that the OCC biz is going to implode before a conclusion is reached. Are the Teutuls financially set for life? They should, but who knows, except themselves.