Pawn Stars’ Chumlee Is Hilarious On Screen – But What He’s Been Up To Behind The Scenes Really Isn’t

Since premiering on History in 2009, Las Vegas-based reality show Pawn Stars has gone from strength to strength. And it would be fair to suggest that cast member Austin Lee Russell – a.k.a. Chumlee – deserves a big slice of the credit for its ongoing success. Recently though, things haven’t exactly been going well for him, privately or publicly. So, what went wrong?

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First of all, it’s worth noting that the Henderson, Nevada, native didn’t have the smoothest start in life. In high school, for example, he had a habit of paying other students to do his homework for him. And, perhaps unsurprisingly, this led to him eventually dropping out.

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