The show was hosted by Mike Rowe, who explored dangerous, disgusting and obscure jobs. It was produced by Pilgrim Films & Television's Craig Piligian. The series finished in September. It was a central program for Discovery's group of shows that explored unique workplaces that eventually led to shows like Gold Rush and Deadliest Catch. A recent episode at the 9 PM hour on Tuesday brought in 1.6 million viewers and a 0.5 rating in the adults 18-49 demographic.
In a blog for the Huffington Post, Rowe wrote: "Over the years it's been my pleasure to assure anxious fans that Dirty Jobs is coming back for another season. And indeed, we always have. Alas, this year, I'm afraid I cannot dispel the rumors. A few weeks ago, I was officially informed that Dirty Jobs had entered into a new phase. One I like to call, 'permanent hiatus.' Or in the more popular industry vernacular, canceled. Dirty Jobs is a very personal show, and it's difficult for me to imagine a future that does not involve exploding toilets, venomous snakes, misadventures in animal husbandry, and feces from every species. Nevertheless, the future is here, and while it does not appear to contain any more Dirty Jobs, it will almost certainly include another Thanksgiving. So in the spirit of the holiday, I'd like to thank those people most responsible for reinvigorating my erstwhile career, and launching the most honest show in the history of reality TV."
He also thanked Discovery, producers including Piligian, the crew, fans and those who participated.
Discovery's other unscripted shows take up a large chunk of the network, and include Curiosity and Mythbusters.