Big changes are in store for long-running Discovery Channel Gold Rush, when it returns with season 9 on October 12.

Who is Coming Back?

Christo Doyle wearing a shirt

Rick Ness is coming as a mine boss with a claim of his own, after working for Parker Schnabel for six years. He has put everything on the line recruiting a crew of his Wisconsin buddies, who moved to the mining grounds with him to become rich leaving behind their families. However, legendary miner, Tony Beets and Parker are in a land war. Tony reportedly has a master plan to beat Parker’s previous season record of 6000 ounces of gold worth $7.2m. Apart from that, Christo Doyle, who announced his exit from Discovery Communications, in 2017, is coming back.

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He was best known to Discovery fans as the host of Gold Rush’s pre-show, The Dirt, for three seasons. He was replaced by Matt Rogers as the host of The Dirt in 2015. Now, it seems like Christo is back to Discovery after a long request of fans on The Dirt.

Doyle executive produced most of the first six seasons of the network’s highest-rated show, Gold Rush. He served as the Vice President of Production & Development at Discovery Channel for 15 long years, before signing off in 2017. He has also executive produced many other shows like American Chopper, Jungle Gold, Miami Ink, Dirty Jobs and Monster Garage.The Dirt starts at 8 pm on October 12, which will be followed by the 2-hour season premiere of Gold Rush.

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