UPDATE: American Chopper is back as American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior. The new show sees both Teutuls going head-to-head in bike build offs at their respective workshops.
The Learning Channel (TLC) has finally given the television series American Chopper the boot, releasing information that show’s season finale will debut this Thursday at 9pm (8pm Central). We can only conclude that the show’s demise comes as a result of the ongoing rift between Paul Teutul Sr. and his sons, in particular his former partner Paul Teutul Jr. The two Paul’s are locked in a legal struggle regarding ownership of the American Chopper business, which has bled onto the television screen.
Additionally, the last few episodes of the show have seen Paul Sr. constantly taking jabs at Paul Jr. and Mikey, which for a channel based on family-oriented values and content, may not exactly be the image TLC is looking to portray to its viewers. While we can only speculate on TLC’s abrupt decision to cancel the show, a TLC representative is quoted as saying, “the Teutuls will always be a part of the Discovery family and we congratulate them on a tremendously successful series run.”