Dirty Jobs’ host goes Down Under
MIKE Rowe has seen the best, and worst, Australia has to offer.
In his new series Dirty Jobs Down Under, Rowe spends a day in the life of some of the country's "dirtiest" professions, from snake catcher to opal miner to croc biologist.
"Dirty doesn't really mean dirty in this show anymore," Rowe told The Guide.
"It can mean different, annoying, whatever."
The American TV host, who is a former opera singer and got his start on shop-at-home channel QVC, said it was time to expand his horizons after trying out more than 300 dirty jobs in the US.
"We could have gone anywhere, but I wanted to go some place where the language barrier wasn't going to be too much of a problem," he said.
"Dirty Jobs is fundamentally a talk show without a set. The Australian country is so big and the people are so fun to talk to."
The first episode of the Australian series starts off with a bang, and a lot of blood, when Rowe visits a snake catcher in Adelaide.
"The whole thing went off the rails immediately," he said.
"We were getting our gear in place when we hear a crash and a scream from the other room so we run in there. Nobody's there but there's blood on the floor.
"We follow the trail of blood into the bathroom and Ian (the snake catcher) is holding his hand over the sink and bleeding in a fairly impressive way. He had a pet python in the back... and the snake out of nowhere jumps up and bites him on the wrist."
One place Rowe has no interest in ever going to back to is Coober Pedy.
"For me Coober Pedy was dirty and very claustrophobic," he said.
"Going into the opal mine was unique, though. Basically you're on a hot moon covered with flies looking for little boogers of opal."