The Biggest Scandals To Ever Hit The History Channel


Back when the internet was young and facts
still had meaning, there was the History Channel, featuring shows about – you guessed it – history. But that version of the network is long gone
today. Here are the biggest scandals to hit the reality
TV outlet that’s now simply called History. Ice Road Truckers is one of History’s best-known
reality shows, depicting the perilous lives of drivers in the iciest regions of Canada
and Alaska. And sure, it’s been criticized by actual trucker
media like Truck News for exaggerating or even faking some of the danger. “Man it is cracking something fierce. I can’t go any slower. Oh my gosh!” But real scandal hit the show in 2013. According to a CBS report, star Tim Zickuhr
abducted Lisa Cadeau after hiring her for escort work in Las Vegas. He claimed she overcharged him by $1,000 and
demanded she meet him to settle the dispute. It was then that he dragged her back to his
apartment, beat her, and tied her up in a closet. Fearing for her life, Cadeau gave Zickuhr
the phone number of an undercover police officer, claiming he could pay her ransom. Zickuhr called the number and unknowingly
arranged his own arrest. The Las Vegas Sun reported Zickuhr confessed
on the spot that he intended to hold Cadeau hostage and prostitute her through Craigslist. Every so often, even the History Channel has
to admit that some of their programming is a tad controversial. Like the time they commissioned and then abruptly
canceled a $30 million mini-series about the Kennedys. The Hollywood Reporter explained that an early
leaked draft of the script caused an outcry among Kennedy family allies, and after months
of rewrites and filming, the high-profile project was pulled entirely for being pretty
much wall-to-wall slander and lies. “They made it sound like I like Hitler. Said I was anti-American, me.” Co-creator Joel Surnow defended his project,
via the Atlantic, claiming people were biased against him for being a staunch conservative
making a series about the Kennedys. Conspiracy theorists also took the opportunity
to insist that the surviving members of the Kennedy family had bullied the History Channel
into dropping the show, but when the mini-series eventually did come out elsewhere, the Hollywood
Reporter called it quote, “dull,” “unwatchable,” and “a ham-fisted mess.” Swamp People follows the lives of alligator
hunters living in Louisiana. But alligators actually seem to be the least
of the cast’s worries. According to TMZ, Swamp People stars R.J. Molinere and Jay Paul Molinere were arrested
for attacking a man with a beer bottle. TMZ also reported that Trapper Joe was arrested
for burning his girlfriend with a lit cigarette and then punching her in the chest. And Screenrant detailed a time that Roger
Rivers Jr. got in trouble with the law for selling illegal meat. “We like it all. We eat everything down here.” The swamp people of the show proved so troublesome,
Starcasm reports that most of the cast was suddenly fired before season seven of the
show, shocking fans and sending angry cast members into social media rants. Producers held firm, though, and remaining
fans just had to deal with a whole new bunch of swamp people. Bigfoot Captured was a feature-length special
about the discovery and capture of a real Sasquatch. It was also, as Paste Magazine put it, a TV
abomination. History Channel styled the show as a real
documentary, despite the fact that the program was pure fiction. But not everyone recognized it as fake, leaving
some viewers furious about pseudoscience being presented as fact – and others excited to
discover “proof” of a “real” Bigfoot. “At this point, I think Bigfoot’s gonna become
a lot closer to reality.” Not only did the Channel fool their audience,
they also more or less lied to their guest experts about the nature of the production. Professor Jeff Meldrum said, via the Idaho
State Journal, that he was disappointed that the documentary faked evidence and had no
interest in working from credible information. His suggestion for viewers? “Take what you can from it, and have a chuckle
over the remainder.” According to Variety, the show Hunting Hitler
upset plenty of people by trivializing Hitler and giving credence to conspiracy theories
about his escape to Argentina. “If this were really a picture of Hitler,
it would change history.” But even more upsetting is the fact that the
History Channel promised anonymity to one of their key sources, and then clearly broadcast
his entire face to more than 180 countries. “The team arrives at a private home where
the informant, along with his translator Philip, has arranged to meet them under the condition
that his identity be protected.” As the New York Daily News reports, the grandson
of a Nazi war criminal agreed to appear on the program with the understanding that his
face would not be shown. Production did blur his face out – except
for one shot where it is clearly visible… An obvious disaster for someone who doesn’t
want to broadcast that his grandfather was a Nazi. Remember when the History Channel “solved”
the mystery of Amelia Earhart, only to have their key piece of evidence immediately debunked
by a blogger? “When you hear the name Amelia Earhart, it’s
a question mark that’s never been solved.” According to Vanity Fair, the documentary
Amelia Earhart: The Lost Evidence caused some short-lived excitement when it presented a
photo of Earhart and her navigator, alive and in the Marshall Islands after her mysterious
disappearance. The documentary suggests that Earhart survived
her infamous crash in 1937 and that the U.S. government knew she was alive, but covered
it up. The network enjoyed a brief moment of historical
triumph before they were thwarted by a blogger doing minimal research. National Geographic reported that Japanese
military blogger Kota Yamano looked up the alleged location of the photo in the Japanese
national library’s database and found that the pic was published in a Japanese coffee
table book in 1935 – two years before Earhart took her flight. So even if it were Amelia Earhart in that
photo – which it’s not – it proves nothing about her disappearance. American Pickers follows a couple of guys
while they travel around the country and sift through piles of other people’s junk in the
hopes of finding treasure. The show’s producers have occasionally been
accused of planting the good stuff, and while we can’t know that for sure, at least one
of the show’s two stars has definitely been caught doing less-than-upstanding stuff. “This is a perfect situation for a pick.” According to a local TV station, Frank Fritz
recently pled guilty to charges of “operating while intoxicated,” which also included driving
the wrong way on the interstate. According to the police report, Fritz was
quote “weaving about the roadway” under the influence of Xanax and alcohol. The mini-series The Bible was a huge hit for
the network in 2014… except for that one slip-up where the producers cast an actor
who looked a whole lot like President Barack Obama to play the devil. As described in the Guardian, the comparison
went viral almost immediately after the 10-hour mini-series first premiered. You couldn’t throw a stone emoji without hitting
several hundred posts of Obama’s face next to Moroccan actor Mohamen Ouazanni. Producer Roma Downey claimed the resemblance
was a total coincidence, but the damage was already done. “If you will bow down and worship me I will
give you the whole world.” Time reported that when The Bible producers
cut down their series for the feature-length film version, Son of God, they decided to
nix Satan entirely, hoping audiences would focus their attention on Jesus instead. The reality competition Alone tries to one-up
Survivor by abandoning its contestants in the middle of nowhere and then following their
journey to survive alone in the wilderness. Happily, none of these people are naked, because
another truly awful reality show already did that. “I’m bored.” The really stupid thing about all of this
is that no matter how alone the series makes it look like these people are, of course they’re
not really alone. What about all the camera people, who are
literally everywhere… Right? “One thing that’s very interesting about how
the show is shot, is that it’s all self-documented.” We may never know the truth on that, but according
to E-Celebrity, contestants are not being forced to survive miles from civilization,
which is what the showrunners want you to believe. Instead, in many cases, the contestants are
actually within an hour’s walk of the nearest town, and sometimes they’re in a place where
there is a network of trails, which definitely seems to suggest that they’re just not really
that isolated. History’s Mountain Men features people pretending
like they are living in the 17th century… except for when they watch TV while no one
is looking. “To me there’s way too much overdevelopment
in this world and I wanna do at least my part in keepin’ some of it wild.” One of the stars of the show is Eustace Conway,
and his deal is teaching people how to be self-sufficient and also how to be super pretentious
about their self-sufficiency. His bio reads: “Like Thoreau, Eustace has gone to the woods
to live deliberately, fronting only the essential facts of life, to see if he could not learn
what it had to teach, and not when he came to die discover that he had not lived.” Yeah, he’s that kind of guy. But when he’s not being pretentious on Mountain
Men, he’s being pretentious on his 1,000-acre wildlife preserve in North Carolina, where
he teaches people how to live in the wilderness for a mere $700 a week, or $65 an hour if
you’d rather just spend an afternoon riding around in a horse-drawn carriage. According to The Wall Street Journal, the
preserve was recently raided by health, construction, and fire officials who deemed many of Conway’s
buildings, quote “[not] fit for public use.” When you think of lumberjacks, you usually
think of burly dudes in plaid, chopping down trees, putting “wipe your butt on a spotted
owl” stickers on their trucks, and maybe pressing wildflowers like in that Monty Python song. You don’t typically think of them pulling
stuff out of the water, because that’s not where trees usually are. According to NPR, though, there was a time
when lumberjacks used to put felled trees on rafts and float them down the river. Every now and then the trees would fall off
the raft and sink to the bottom. And they don’t rot down there, either – if
the water is cold, the trees will stay preserved at the bottom for a long time, and can eventually
be salvaged. The problem is, salvaging sunken trees is
not legal in the state of Washington. But that didn’t stop the late Ax Men star
Jimmy Smith from fishing those logs out of the river on national television – which was
either ridiculously arrogant or ridiculously stupid. “I’m the first one in the northwest to do
this type of logging.” Smith had an entirely altruistic reason for
his actions, though: to protect people participating in water sports on the river. He said, “If I can save one kid or one boater, I think
it’s worth it.” …And we’re sure that the money he got for
those logs didn’t factor into it at all. The wildly popular Pawn Stars features the
supposedly “real” day-to-day activities of the World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop in
Las Vegas. But the show has been widely criticized for
having a rather loose definition of reality, and the shop itself has previously gotten
into trouble over some of its merchandise. According to ABC News, they may have once
melted down $50,000 worth of stolen coins. But the most valuable treasures at the Gold
& Silver Pawn Shop, apparently, are the stars themselves. HuffPost reported in 2012 that the former
talent agents of the Pawn Stars stars were suing their ex-clients for switching agencies,
demanding $5 million in lost commissions. The agency, Venture IAB Inc., claimed that
History Channel execs had intentionally seduced the stars away from their original representation,
convincing them to hire rival Michael Camacho of UTA as their agent instead and losing Venture
millions in commissions. It’s unclear what happened in the lawsuit
– which likely means it was dismissed, or settled out of court. Then there’s Pawn Stars fan favorite Austin
Lee Russell – better known by his stage name, Chumlee. He’s portrayed as the comic foil at the shop,
but in non-televised reality, Chumlee’s life is somewhat less whimsical. As USA Today reports, police carried out a
search of his house while following up on assault allegations in 2016. They didn’t find evidence to convict him,
but they did find drugs in his regrettably named “Chum Chum” room, including marijuana
and meth, as well as numerous illegal firearms. According to the New York Daily News, however,
the reality star was able to avoid jail time with a plea deal, despite being charged with
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  • Which of these History Channel scandals do you think was the worst and why?

  • I dont watch public media nowadays, its all bullshit.. few good movies here and there… but they never tell the truth

    J.F.K was off'ed my the very mafia that put him in power. why… well, he didn't return any favors ..

    and I qoute the mafia "THERE WILL NEVER BE ANOTHER KENNEDY IN POWER"
    and they made sure there never was or will be.

  • Sounds like a DNC debate What’s Wrong with NAZIS?

  • Forgered In Fire is my jam.

  • I call bullshit on the "Alone" contestants being within walking distance of a town and trail systems. I grew up in Quatsino sound on Northern Vancouver island where they filmed a season. only trails on the coast where they were staying are 4ft tall tunnels through thick salal made by bears and other critters and good luck being able to hike out if you dont know the area.

  • These are quite difficult to watch these videos. Whilst the content is interesting,, and they are reasonably well written, they just fail.

    Basically the problem is the editing: There is no GAP or transition between the different stories. Not a single second of time, or a very short graphic transition of some sort would solve this. Without this, it's just one continuous rattling off of one story after another, making it difficult to follow without losing interest. And the music is always far too loud and distracting also.

  • Was that Joe Robinet in the part about Alone? Sure looked like him.

  • 2:15 That's not how you aim with a scope … any movie or miniseries that screws up something that simple so terribly probably isn't worth watching.

  • Any crap about supposed "UFOS"

  • the history channel at midnight

  • Lmfao! The Kennedy organized crime syndicate are the most corrupt political family to ever disgrace
    America. That the DNC and their owned/ payrolled Hollyweird MSM kept that Kennedy biopic from going anywhere is no surprise at all. Demokkkrats OWN the entertainment industry. Crooked AF!

  • Sould have at least consider to use a faceless model to represent the Devil himself instead of using a face of a lowly nobody

  • The History channel is my favorite visual tabloid!

  • I still like Vikings and when I feel like wearing a tinfoil hat, I watch Ancient Aliens.

  • I'm glad i don't watch history channel the way i used to. 👊

  • has anybody else realised, that everyone is just a bit shit at their job

  • I hate how all the educational channels turned into mind rotting garbage.

  • The entire Network is a fake, I know people that catch gators with a fishing pole, they do not even fight that hard but aggravating gator hunting gators sells views.

  • The unhistory channel

  • obama is worse than the devil

  • The history channel is to history about as much as MTV is to music videos

  • I think people should be WAY more outraged they have an over the top star wars-like stand off in the bible ! I mean seriously , that apparent obama look alike looks like freakin' palpatine ! This looks so ridiculous … and people are up and arms about the dude looking like obama , but they didn't show him as black -_- Like what the fuck people

  • What's the big deal, if the shoe fits and that shoe fits obama perfectly, then wear it.

  • Discovery and history is a joke but hitler clearly got away

  • Frank fritz is awesome

  • History Channel has become unwatchable today, much like Discovery and the Learning Channel.

  • What's illegal meat?

  • it's not pretentious to note that most humans don't really live life. being a slave to your own psychology is the experience most humans endure…

  • Well obama is the devil. So i guess history got it right.

  • A channel called 'History' that isn't about history, with reality shows that aren't real.

  • Like so many people commenting here, I also used to truly enjoy the History channel. Once they started showing fake BS "reality" shows, I was done.

  • The biggest scandal is the use of 'History' in the name. What a joke that channel, 10 years ago it was decent, after that it went to shit. Thanks 'Murica!

  • Don’t you dare try to ruin American Pickers for me!! Lol I like to watch that show! Ha

  • But, Obama is the devil

  • Look How they massacred my favorite chanel

  • Television is dying and this is proof

  • I stopped watching the history channel a looooonge time ago when I became uninterested in their programming lineup and of course the various controversy that came with a few of them.

  • trump people….swamp people…. interchangeable

  • I had my cable turned off a few months ago, not missing out on anything either.

  • And then he "ad"
    But then she said "ad" shortly after "ad" and then "ad"

  • YouTube is seriously getting closer and closer to regular t.v. filled with commercials and ads. A 1 hour episode is actually only 30 minutes and the rest is commercials and ads

  • First one: WTF, this dude looks like a bird tho.

    Bad big bird!

  • Does anyone remember when the History used to actually be about History? It is now bullshit.

  • Yeah lets get people who capture crocodiles for money and hope they dont have problems with the law

  • this is why gunk is so pricey cant aford to buy any of the shit

  • wow that first one was like ohh this gonna be good..

  • These idiotic actors gets so intoxicating by there taste of success, that they starts to believe their own lies. They they think they are Superman, or Spiderman? Or Tom Hanks thinks he is so popular that he can tell the American people who to vote for. Or that other idiot who said he wants to punch Trump in the face. A short actor, De Niro or Pacino? Can't remember his name, or his movies.

  • What this tells me is that the American public has completely lost the ability to engage in critical thinking. Most of that can only be cultivated by extensive reading and disciplined logical analysis. As P.T. Barnum (and probably Trump) famously said- "There's a sucker born every minute."

  • "Im bored"

  • Now its called re-writing history channel.

  • They eat each other.. lol 😂

  • Ice Road Truckers? Hahahahaha fuck them and the rest of that reality shit. Hahaha

  • Are you surprised half these people did what they did Hahaha I mean kind of expected most of that shit from half those people.

  • You have outlined the biggest reason I cancelled my very expensive cable TV. Modern television has become entirely the venue of agenda-driven Leftist liars.

  • But…the guy playing the devil doesn't look like Barak Obama…

  • All the Channels went to "Reality TV" because it's cheaper.

    And always remember, you pay a Satellite/Cable company etc.. good money every single month, to watch many hours of commercials…. you are paying them to be able to sell to you.

  • Hitler=bad man

  • Devil might be too harsh.. demon maybe?!

  • The only thing I watch is Forged in Fire

  • TLC, MTV, History Channel, SciFi/Syfi, have been crap for a good 15 years. I have 3 TiVo’s with added hard drive storage full of programs from 20 or so years ago (we went DirectTV and cut that several years ago because they priced themselves into over $110 a month for 18 channels we actually watched out of hundreds that they offered and nobody ever wanted to watch.) Bye Military channel too….

  • Frank fritz offered 2dollars for a 10carrat ring! Lol Jewish fat cunt

  • Chum:LEE CAN SHIT LOL

  • Fuckin Chumlee! Vegas dont fuck around when it comes to drugs. Money and fame

  • Please can you help with a subscribe and a share. I would be grateful. Thanks a lot.

  • Anyone remember when the history channel showed executional programs instead of this garbage?

  • The biggest steal https://youtu.be/AVSSByguBu4

  • The logs weren't ON a raft, they were rafted. Tied or bound in some manner as to keep them in a "twitch" . Get your correction of history right.

  • I Quit watching the History Channel a long time ago. Its nothing like it was when i was a kid. Now it's just TV wasteland.

  • Everyone of these scandals happened after the History Channel sold out. This is not a coincidence.

  • These shows might have been on the History Channel, but here in Australia we are getting repeats on free to air.

  • The Kennedy's lied to us just.like the rest

  • Jesus wasn't that white…..🤦🏽‍♀️🤬

  • But aren’t log ponds an entire thing where they logs stay there for periods of time

  • those two guys on american pickers are the pits, bottom feeding oxygen thieves. they are so phoney pretending they care about various folks stories but really just waiting to sort through personal belongings and soft soaping an objects value to fund their crapulant shop and that sad transvestite hippy they under pay with her sad tattoos and oh so hip retro t shirts

  • I miss the history in the history channel.

  • I used to criticize the history channel for some of its shows saying that it was selectively fake and overblown in some instances. My best friend used to get super pissed and say its all real otherwise they wouldn't Show it on tv. I shared this vid with him and now he no longer speaks to me. I lost my sandwich buddy. Now I look out my window and say sandwich buddy, where are you?

  • Oboma is the devil

  • The History channel has become the realtiy garbage channel!
    Ancient Aliens is an insult to the total human race!

  • Oml that bible "scandal" is such bull crap its almost funny

  • After fake news here comes fake history! 🤪

  • The history channel used to be great. Had some really amazing shows. Now its just a garbage dump that spews out reality shows that teach you zero about history.

  • History channel=Shitstory channel

  • It is what it is because that's the kinda crap people want. For every one thoughtful person there are 10,000 morons. Oops gotta go, it's time for the Three Stooges T.V. marathon. 😆😆

  • It's horrible they put everything history on H2, which isn't in a basic TV package. It's like having to pay for a library card. Just wrong

  • Where do I find really true information in these days? I am so disappointed. Thanks. All of you statements bothered me. Swamp people? Are any of Miss Sue (Alaska) True? I followed her from being a caretaker of a hunting “lodge” to having her own log cabin. Is Nat Geo True? What about Discovery? More more please.

  • Yes. Self recorded? Area full of cameramen? My family caught this one. I did believe the fishing of under water logs. never did like Pawn Stars, because of rudeness. Is The Count still real? I like his manners, did not speak too quickly. I like soft spoken men and ladies. Calm.

  • I miss the old history channel now it should just be called the fake alien and conspiracy theory channel

  • F'ing hillbillys cant take em nowhere

  • Real history on history tv is now a history for many…

  • I believe the Kennedys are dirtbags and I believe they stopped the miniseries they have so much to hide it's not even funny if you actually went through the history I've been literally told by hundreds of people and documentaries that Joe Kennedy but Jon election and a great percentage of votes were from dead people in Louisiana and all over the country

  • Hunting Hitler was a joke all I had to go to his YouTube and find the World War II Nazi Hunters the real organization who went right in front of Hitler's house in Bariloche Argentina and said this is where he lived right after the war until he died and everyone knew not a big secret at all it just seems to be a secret to the General Public all I had to do was do my own research on that shows a joke

  • I wish they would do a black version of American Pickers. Have 2 black guys going through the south asking troglodytes to look through their property. Wouldn't last a single episode.

  • Fake ass white Jesus in the Bible describe him as being black not white

  • Don't watch it anymore because of all these shit programs. Where are the documentaries?

  • The ChumChum Room. Whaaaaaaaaaat! lmao

  • In Australia we have a channel called 7Mate that usually have the shows like Iceroad truckers, American pickers, swamp people etc

  • I can’t stand this red neck animal cruelty lying History Channel! Why would anyone want to watch ppl kill animals? I knew long ago that none of this is real! All production for ratings…boycott this stupid channel!

  • Bring back real history

  • As that old saying goes, 'ONLY in America') DUH

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