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?
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.
What’s more, while the Chumlee nickname given to Russell as a teenager may sound endearingly cute, in truth it’s a reference to Chumley, a character from the ’60s cartoon Tennessee Tuxedo and His Tales. Oh, and Chumley is a rather portly walrus. Ouch.