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'Pawn Stars' Cast

FURIOUS Over 'Cajun' Spin-off

1/11/2012 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Pawn Stars and Cajun Pawn Stars
The debut of the new "Cajun Pawn Stars" was a huge hit with the History Channel ... but TMZ has learned the guys at the original "Pawn Stars" show are PISSED because they had no idea it was being made.

Sources close to Left Field Pictures -- the production company behind "Pawn Stars" -- tell us the Vegas crew feels "blindsided" ... because they only learned about the show a few weeks ago ... when the network made the official announcement.

We're told Chumlee, Rick, Corey and the Old Man insist they were promised by the network that no "Pawn Stars" spin-off shows would be made of any kind ... and now feel like they were betrayed.  

Sources say the guys are "really hurt" by the whole thing and feel like the new show is a "total knock-off" -- but their beef is with the network ... and NOT with the cast of the new show.

Pretty shocking behavior by the network -- considering "Pawn Stars" is the number one show on History and one of the highest rated shows on cable.

No official comment from the "Pawn Stars." Ditto for the History Channel.

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61.

andy    

"they were promised by the network that no "Pawn Stars" spin-off shows would be made of any kind"
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Well, . . . that's pretty interesting, considering that I've seen promo spots for an upcoming show called "PAWN STARS: Night Shift", which takes place at the very same Gold & Silver Pawn location (owned by the Harrisons).
Obviously, they're going to be earning revenue from that particular "Spin-Off".
A&E Television should be careful, however, not to water down the interest with their original show.
Both "History" and "A&E" are enjoying strong ratings, and that could be affected if they "tinker" too much, and potentially cause over saturation.
CHUMLEE for President : 2012!!!!!!
(Just Kidding, Of Course . . . )

915 days ago
62.

Rolm    

I did watch Pawn Stars the 1st year thinking this is the way pawn shops work, after the year it is the same old same old very boring. I also dought people go to a pawn shop to sell stuff. Very boring.

915 days ago
63.

Thea    

"Pawn Stars" is so over. How much can you watch of this now every show is the same and very scripted. It's funny how these guys have changed (much like other reality tv people) in their appearance, they think that they are A listers! Hardcore Pawn is much more interesting...

915 days ago
64.

Kaffee    

If true, why wasn't it put in writing? Nothing in show business is verbally promised to come true.

915 days ago
65.

Alex    

Ding! Your 15 minutes of fame are up!

915 days ago
66.

TheEric    

I'm more pissed that a show about a pawn shop is on the HISTORY channel...

915 days ago
67.

Shelby    

Oh boo hoo. Why cry about stuff that happens all the time? Everyone makes spin offs of other people's shows all the time. No one can come up with any good ideas anymore. To be honest, I don't even think Pawn Stars should be a show at all, none the less on the HISTORY channel.

915 days ago
68.

Northerner    

i have lost all faith in humanity if pawn stars is the number one show on cable! rick needs to kill himself, chumlee just needs to die violently, and cory and the old man just need to go away!
im so sick of reality tv and in another five years thats all that will be on. but these guys need to stop whining if another show comes along! if the network is making big money then of course their will be a spinoff to see if more money can be brought in.
just shut up and do your meaningless jobs!

915 days ago
69.

Toilethead    

Who cares? Pawnstars already jumped the shark. It's the same bs all the time.

915 days ago
70.

Different Rules Apply    

Um OK, you're pissed, pull out of the deal and have your show canceled ~ NOT!! You are raking in the dough and the fame; live with the spin off ~ make your show better if you want to stay on top. Nothing lasts forever.

915 days ago
71.

BC    

Money trumps honesty every time.

915 days ago
72.

JB    

I loved the Cajun show. It was a hoot. I liked it better than the "original", which I do like as well. They guy on Cajun is so kind hearted and really cares about a win/win. Chum Lee and the others are frankly kind of gross. And a bit arrogant. Maybe a lot arrogant.

915 days ago
73.

cgasucks    

Ricky, Corey, & Chumlee, I wouldn't worry about that show taking your thunder...the Cajun version sucks and will die a natural death quickly...

915 days ago
74.

JillRack    

what cry babies. share the wealth you rip off artists, I mean pawn shop workers.

915 days ago
75.

Fred Farkel    

Hey old man. You and the boys have got nothing to worry about. Choose your battles.

915 days ago
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