Discovery, the network behind “The Deadliest Catch” and “Mythbusters” has announced a major change for the second most popular show on its Velocity Channel. Edd China, the lanky, sideburn-sporting co-host/mechanic will be leaving “Wheeler Dealers.”
A press release from Discovery explains that after 13 seasons, China has decided to leave the show and pursue other projects. “While we’ll miss his signature orange gloves, we know that anything they touch will turn to automotive gold,” said Robert Scanlon, executive vice president and general manager of Velocity and Automotive Content at Discovery Communications.
“Wheeler Dealers” features two charming English chaps who locate cars that need a little TLC (not the network). The hosts haggle for a low purchase price, repair and restore the car and sell it off, usually at a tiny profit (if you don’t consider all the man-hours China puts in under the hood).
Mike Brewer, the show’s jocular co-host and “dealer” will stay with “Wheeler Dealers” for its 14th season.
China’s role as mechanic will be filled by fellow Brit Ant Anstead, former host of the British series “For The Love of Cars” and “Building Cars Live.”
“As the first, original format for fans interested in fixing cars, it’s fair to say most TV motoring shows trace their heritage back to ‘Wheeler Dealers,’ ” said Anstead. “I grew up watching and learning from Edd and Mike, and in recent years have come to know both as close personal friends. It is with Edd’s blessing that I join the team for this new and exciting challenge.”
Season 14 of “Wheeler Dealers” debuts on Velocity in the U.S., Discovery in the U.K. and internationally in the fourth quarter of 2017.