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Mike Rowe Sued

I Get Teased in Prison

... and It's All YOUR FAULT!!

11/22/2011 4:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Mike Rowe
can't stand the nickname "Dirty Jobs" ... he HATES Lee Jeans ... and he's suing mad -- but he's not Mike Rowe the TV star, it's ANOTHER Mike Rowe, who happens to be an inmate at a South Dakota prison.

TMZ has learned ... Mike Rowe (the prisoner) is SUING Mike Rowe (the celebrity) -- claiming he copyrighted the name earlier this year and celebrity Rowe has no right to use it ... but that's just the beginning.

In the docs, Rowe (prisoner) gripes that his life behind bars is a living hell because of his name -- insisting, "I can't live here in prison without being called Dirty Jobs or ... Dirtiest Man."

He adds, "I am subject to this ridicule every day that I live."

As far as the copyright claim goes -- Rowe (prisoner) claims he has a major problem with celebrity Rowe's endorsements -- saying, "Lee Jeans states Mike Rowe wears Lee Jeans or [is] for them. I do not wear nor have ever worn Lee Jeans and further, I am not for them."

Rowe claims he's not a fan of Viva Towels either.

According to prison officials, Rowe was sentenced to several years of hard time after his 3rd and 4th DUI bust.

TMZ called Mike Rowe (the celebrity) for comment -- so far, no response.


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I'm surprised the litigious Microsoft hasn't sued Mike Rowe.

1064 days ago

Ray II    

Big Mike is a cool dude and has never to my knowledge hurt a living soul.
The other guy besides hurting someome with his crime has also given homosexuals a bad name.

1064 days ago

en Todo Momento!!    

maybe this ingenious move of the inmate to copyright that name should have involved researching the ramifications of copyrighting a name that he shares with a celebrity who endorses and engages in many things that he opposes. that could have saved him some trouble, in terms of 'being annoyed' with a name he chose to copyright, despite the fact that a 'celebrity' had previously made it 'popular' beyond the inmates circle(s). duh.

1064 days ago


Mike Rowe, the inmate, isn't suing Mike Rowe, the cleb, at this point and juncture is a lot like closing the barn door after the horse escaped? Mr Rowe, the cleb, has been in the public eye with said name for a good 10 years, give or take, with said name. Give it up.

1064 days ago


Ya dang whiney beyotch...oh my the other inmates are makin fun of you! Boo-hoo! stay outta jail! dirty jobs guy is freakin hotttt! You look like a crack-head and you are suing trying to get your 15 mins on the coat tails of an actual working man! so get a life and leave him alone you dang doo-dah! You are not in jail because you are a nice decent guy and he should sue you cuz the dirty jobs guys are probably making fun of him because a dang criminal has the same name! Maybe he will sue you and your parents for that! Jerk-tard!

1064 days ago

Bill Leslie    

time wasting ***** - throw it out immediately and tack on extra time for contempt

1063 days ago


pretty sure there are worse things you could be called in prison than "dirty jobs". Just sayin.

1057 days ago


LMAO.. i didnt know what this was once i read it- it made me laugh so hard. My bfs name is MIKE ROWE too.. He gets all the nick names and not only that he works for a ford car dealership. I would like TMZ to host a show where (celebrity) mike rowe comes to meet (non celeb mike rowe working for ford. He doesnt mind the nicknames he laughs at the thought. no suits will be made. please mail me TMZ.. Id like to challenge MY mike rowe to celebrity mike rowe to a job.. -shana

1008 days ago

special people    

Ok you guys are retarded, you are attacking a guy trying to stop harrasment in jail, do you know for sure if he was at .08 or maybe he was a .081 wich is like drinking 2 beers with dinner. guess what i bet he has a job too as he can afford to drink....hmmm so im with this guy, maybe not sue the guy but the Celeb version who isnt really a celeb, he is a b or c list start only, and other celebrities make it hard for a guy with the same name to live, they are judged by what the celeb does not what they do in there own lives. So untill you know the personal information of the person in question how bout you all GROW UP

947 days ago
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