Here’s Chumlee’s Real Character Behind The Camera

Published on 11/04/2020
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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.

Behind The Scenes With Chumlee Of 'Pawn Stars'

Behind The Scenes With Chumlee Of ‘Pawn Stars’

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.

The Star Of The Show

The Star Of The Show

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.

Not The Best Student In High School

Not The Best Student In High School

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.

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He Never Graduated

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.

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The Story Behind It

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.

Cute Nickname But Cruel Intentions

Cute Nickname But Cruel Intentions

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

Friends From Childhood

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.

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A Friendship With Employment Benefits

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.

Not What He Expected

Not What He Expected

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.

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Five Short Years Later

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.

Can’t Help It

Can’t Help It

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.

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Not The Best Buys

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.

Making Many Mistakes

Making Many Mistakes

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.

Popularity For His Mishaps

Popularity For His Mishaps

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

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Quite The Popular Guy

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.

Enjoying The Fame

Enjoying The Fame

The Fan-Favorite

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.

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The Fan-Favorite

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.

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Quite The Private Person

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!

Surprisingly Business Minded

Surprisingly Business Minded

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.

Time To Make A Change

Time To Make A Change

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.

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A Healthier Lifestyle

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.

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The Mind And Soul

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.

Taking The Necessary Steps

Taking The Necessary Steps

Impressive Transformation

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!

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Impressive Transformation

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!

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Healthy And Happy

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.

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A Major Change

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.

Turning His Life Around

Turning His Life Around

New Relationships

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.

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New Relationships

Lavish Gift

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.

Lavish Gift

Lavish Gift

It’s Official

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.

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It’s Official

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.

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The Whole Gang

Mrs Chumlee

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.

His Wife

Mrs. Chumlee

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? 

Where Things Went Wrong

Where Things Went Wrong

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.

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All Charges Were Dropped

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.

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Just The Beginning

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.

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The Results Of A Police Raid

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.

Illegal Substances Abound

Illegal Substances Abound

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.

Even More Incriminating Things

Even More Incriminating Things

Chumlee Arrested

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.

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Chumlee Arrested

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.

At The Very Least

At The Very Least

Nothing Illegal

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!

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Nothing Illegal

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.

Justice Being Served

Justice Being Served

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.

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The Worst Is Behind 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!

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A Rough Patch

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

A Hard Year

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.

Thanking His Supporters

Thanking His Supporters

Endless Gratitude

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.”

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Endless Gratitude

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. 

The Fate Of Pawn Stars

The Fate Of Pawn Stars

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.

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Back To Normal

Self-Improvement

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.

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Self-Improvement

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