Pawn Stars first appeared in 2009, and it was on the History Channel. Ever since then, the show has grown more successful each day. However, there was one cast in Pawn Stars where things did not seem to go as the star wanted, might it be personal and public. We started wondering what went on with Chumlee.
The Star Of The Show
Pawn Stars became well-known because of its humorous cast members like Austin Lee Russell, also known as Chumlee. The program was located in Las Vegas, and during filming, the prominent full-of-life star was aware and knew how to use his funny personality to its advantage and leverage.
Not The Best Student In High School
The Nevada native Austin Lee Russell, also known as Chumlee, had a challenging time growing up. One of the reasons was because he did not develop good studying habits when he was a kid. Chumlee was not the best student in high school and might have been the exact opposite.
He Never Graduated
When Austin Lee Russell was in high school, the Nevada native decided to pay the other kids and classmates to do his homework for him. Because of this, it was not that surprising when we found out that Chumlee decided to drop out and did not graduate from high school.
The Story Behind It
We were all aware of how challenging it was for Austin Lee Russell to study, but aside from that, the Nevada native also had issues with the nickname. It might seem cute and funny when we heard Chumlee but Austin Lee Russell was not really fond of the name.
Cute Nickname But Cruel Intentions
The nickname Chumlee was taken from a character in Tennessee Tuxedo and His Tales, a ‘60s cartoon. The massive walrus on the show was named Chumley, and we knew that might have hurt. It was no surprise why Austin Lee Russell did not like the name that much.
Friends From Childhood
It was fortunate that Austin Lee Russell had one childhood friend that he could count on anytime. And for those who did not know, we were talking about Corey Harrison. It was the person who became Chumley’s co-star on Pawn Stars, and not many knew that the two were childhood friends.
A Friendship With Employment Benefits
Austin Lee Russell and Corey Harrison spent most of their bonding time at Gold & Silver Pawn Shop where the two usually hung out when they were teens. Corey’s father owned the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop, and their friendship had employment benefits. Austin Lee Russell worked full time at the shop since he turned 21.
Not What He Expected
And while it was true that working at a pawn shop would require certain precision, there was no doubt that it involved menial tasks most of the time. It was no surprise that many people never dreamt of having a job at a pawn shop as it was not typically deemed as a glamorous career path.
Five Short Years Later
And even though many people thought that a job at the pawnshop was nothing to be proud of, Austin Lee Russell showed up on the television screen after five years since he worked for Gold & Silver. It was likely that Chumlee loved working for the television compared to his job at the pawnshop.
Can’t Help It
Pawn Stars grew in popularity as it passed multiple seasons and Austin Lee Russell usually played the role of a comedian. Chumlee was the one who loved cracking jokes that made not just his co-stars but also the viewers laugh as they watched the show.
Not The Best Buys
Austin Lee Russell’s interest in pinball, rap, sneakers, and video games was evident based on the things he targeted during the show. And while these were all fascinating, it was unfortunate that it became a reflection of Chumlee’s terrible financial decisions for the pawnshop business.
Making Many Mistakes
Austin Lee Russell made numerous funny mistakes, and the star confessed that these silly mishaps also happened even when the cameras were not shooting. There was a time when Chumlee put a client’s stand-up bass on a shelf that fell and broke into pieces. It was estimated that the item costs around $20,000.
Popularity For His Mishaps
The Pawn Stars’ other cast members enjoyed teasing Chumlee for the mishaps like the one mentioned in the previous subtopic. Those who loved watching the show knew how consistent Chumlee’s dynamic was on the show, and it made the fans love him. Many viewers claimed that Chumlee was their favorite.
Quite The Popular Guy
Austin Lee Russell received a lot of attention at the beginning of Pawn Stars to the point that he had to hire a bodyguard to come with him when the cast had public appearances. It was enough evidence that Chumlee was successful as a star
Enjoying The Fame
Austin Lee Russell felt ecstatic about his growing popularity at first. The Nevada native and his personal assistant decided to launch a line of personalized merchandise, and the rest of Pawn Stars’ cast followed suit. The cast members also launched their line of personalized items.
However, none of the Pawn Stars cast members could match Austin Lee Russell’s popularity in selling their personalized merchandise. It was not that surprising knowing that Chumlee was the most well-known member. Recently, Chumlee opened another venture and started selling candy on the strip in Las Vegas.
Quite The Private Person
Austin Lee Russell was not the kind of man who would share with other people how much he was earning. However, everyone was aware that Chumlee sold half of his shares in Gold & Silver to Rick Harrison last 2010 and earned $155,000 after the negotiation.
Surprisingly Business Minded
His justification for doing so was to be able to concentrate his focus on his customized product collection. Clearly, Chumlee’s image as a bumbler is not entirely valid. It can be said, after all, that the guy has any business sense!
Time To Make A Change
Moreover, Russell often started to demonstrate an interest in other forms of making himself healthier. Only two weeks before Pawn Stars debuted, at the age of just 54, his father lost his battle with pancreatic cancer. Russell wasn’t really, as we could tell, the most in-shape guy. He was inspired by the death of his father to work out regularly, diet healthy, and live a healthy lifestyle.
A Healthier Lifestyle
In 2009, he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer when he was 54 years old. It was obvious that Russell had not been in the strongest form in his life. The awful death of his parent, though, inspired him to build a healthy lifestyle that involved clean food and daily exercise.
The Mind And Soul
In his everyday life, Chumlee made good food and workout normal activities. Going to the gym and even doing meditation are his favorite types of workout. He not only believes in exercising the body but also by mindfulness and meditation, the mind and spirit.
Taking The Necessary Steps
Chumlee had anticipated how he would fulfill this objective. Three of the activities he started doing included going to the gym six days a week, not eating red meat, and making daily morning fruit smoothies. The findings are unbelievable too.
The remarkable transformation of Chumlee is the product of this intensive health initiative to lose weight for his health. It seems that walking in his footsteps is a smart thing if you are worried about taking better care of yourself!
Healthy And Happy
It is around 2012 and 2013, where Chumlee’s amazing transformation occurred. He lost a great deal of weight. To be exact, he lost 75 pounds! We are delighted to report that he seems happier and better!
A Major Change
To be exact, a total of 75 pounds was lost to Chumlee!, good for him! He seems to be so much happier and better, don’t you think? This tremendous transition was tough, but he managed to transform his life around fully.
Turning His Life Around
Finally, he would be able to fly a hovercraft. He was too big to get on one before his transition. He has begun going out with his long-term mother, Tanya Hijazi. She is one of the chefs at the Mirage Casino at the STACK Restaurant & Lounge.
His current relationship with Tanya Hijazi marked another transition in his life. She is a cook at the Mirage Casino’s STACK Restaurant & Lounge. Chumlee’s Huge Ranking! He’s both building and improving connections in his life through his healthy lifestyle.
Since the two hit it off, Chumlee promised to arrange for a boob job for his girlfriend. For a while, this was something that Tanya needed to do, so he tried to please her. Since his earnings were far higher than hers, he had no trouble providing them. Tanya agreed gladly.
The question was recently raised by Chumlee, so the couple is now engaged, and Tanya has a big ring on her finger. They gathered at The Royal Hawaiian Resort in Waikiki and one more time with colleagues, at the Andiamo Italian Steakhouse in Las Vegas.
The Whole Gang
Both their families and acquaintances came together to their engagement party to rejoice jubilantly and enjoy the night together. This included both Corey Harrison and his father Rick Harrison, co-stars and close mates of Chumlee’s at Pawn Stars series.
Rademenn is hoping to open a studio or, ideally, a boutique chain for eyelash extension where Chumlee will work close to his wife by growing his present candy shop company side by side with the eyelash firm of Tanya.
Where Things Went Wrong
With that in mind, you would never think things were going to shift for Chumlee to get worse. But the signs of difficulty first emerged in March 2016. What could it be? How can it affect Chumlee’s career? How will he cope with this?
All Charges Were Dropped
He became a plaintiff in a sexual harassment case during this time. An employee of the store rendered the claims. But due to insufficient evidence, the case was dropped, and he was found not guilty for a sexual harassment case.
Just The Beginning
For Chumlee, this case resolved well, but his legal woes did not stop here. Chumlee finds himself yet more in hot water as he was fined again. The police got more suspicious, so they investigated further to see if they’re instincts were true.
The Results Of A Police Raid
As part of the inquiry, his house was raided this time around, and this culminated in further complications. Although the authorities noticed little of significance concerning the case at hand, they uncovered other items in the hands of Chumlee.
Illegal Substances Abound
In his house, the authorities found a pistol, marijuana and crystal meth lying around. To put the least, these items gave the police more reason to track the whole house of the reality show star to see if there are other illegal things hidden in his home.
Even More Incriminating Things
When the police raided for the second time, they noticed more drug paraphernalia items! In particular, they noticed 11 weapons. There would have been no problem if they were all licensed. However, there were just four.
Aside from Chumlee, many narcotics were also identified by the police. There was also confirmation that cocaine was used. You don’t have to be a genius to dream about what happens next. He was convicted, of course.
At The Very Least
In many months, the precious Chumlee had to confront twenty different charges of felony. Although not truly a consolation, at least the Court saw no proof that guns were used in illegal proceedings. Otherwise, it may have been even worse for the TV star.
Fortunately for Chum, the weapons they found in his hands were not yet intended for illegal purposes. This would have been another tale about the tv superstar if it had been otherwise. It had been a close one!
Justice Being Served
Chumlee pleaded guilty to the following cases: distribution of drugs attempted assault, and possession of unauthorized weapons. Practically, thanks to this, he was able to stop having some time in jail. For 12 months, he was put on probation.
The Worst Is Behind Him
If Chumlee displays good conduct through this time, only the minor conviction would be reflected on his record. He must also take part in counselling. That looks reasonable enough for us. It seems as if the tide is turning slowly for him.
A Rough Patch
It looks like Chumlee has just completed his terrible luck streak. It sure looks like he’s now out of the bad luck streak. The question that lies at the moment is, “Will Chumlee ‘s career be able to survive this kind of scandal?” Chum, best of luck to you!
A Hard Year
Chumlee talked frankly with his fans at the end of 2016 about his situation. The TV star accepted and mentioned how rough it was for him over the year and looked for the support of his fans.
Thanking His Supporters
You may have to reflect on your personal view if you think that this controversy will destroy his career. He acknowledged that in an interview at the end of 2016, the year was quite rough for him. More importantly, Chumlee thanked his fans for the support he received in a time of great difficulty.
He took to Instagram and shared this photo with this 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.”
The Fate Of Pawn Stars
Maybe you were wondering what the Pawn Stars’ stars are doing nowadays. A lot of speculation was made about the status of the show during that time. Whether it would be renewed or not has been uncertain to all the fans.
Back To Normal
To the fans’ relief, we are proud to say that the reality television series has continued to air! Chumlee is still active. Let us hope things are back to usual in no time for the TV personality! His probation, after all, will stop prematurely.
Chumlee’s legal troubles forced him to postpone his Pawn Stars career. The 36-year-old used this as an incentive during this time to channel his commitment to self-love and self-improvement. This was perfect for him, and he could always concentrate both physically and emotionally on himself.