Edd China, probably the most critical component of the Wheeler Dealers show, has announced recently that he would be moving on from the show due to a disagreement in the show’s direction. The Velocity executives felt the workshop section of the show were too difficult to produce, and a reduction of the role and substance would reduce production costs, time, and effort. Edd China felt this would compromise the show and his integrity and has decided to move on, letting Ant Antstead from For The Love Of Cars take on the role.
The internet (being an echo chamber for keyboard warriors, mommy bloggers, ourselves on Shifting Lanes, and generally every good and awful person on earth) has given several people the opportunity to air their frustrations over China’s departure. Mike Brewer’s wife and daughter has been on the unfortunate end of those complaints. According to China:
It seems we need to talk about Mike.
A lot of you have been asking if I’m still talking to Mike, whether I’m upset with him, and whether we’ll continue to be friends in the future.
…And the answer is… of course! Is he my favourite person at right now? Probably not. And I know for sure I am not his, but that’s ok.
We’re both adults; we’ll get over ourselves, we’ll get past it and we’ll be fine.
Now, Mike called me at the weekend and told me that over the past few days; not only he, but also his wife and daughter had been receiving a lot of abuse and even death threats, because of my leaving the show, and that’s really NOT cool.
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The internet, the rotten cesspool where awful things can gather, can also be a wonderful place of collaboration, creativity, and all sorts of positive things. The upside to China leaving the show is that he’ll have the creative freedom to make the things he and his core fans truly care about. It’s time we ignore what the media executives have to say, as they’re ingrained in profits and losses and less in the pursuit of entertainment and creativity. This is the time we focus on the content creators, ourselves included (please subscribe!), as they can be much more entertaining.
(Source: Edd China)