Aaron Kaufman Leaving Fast N Loud And Gas Monkey Garage

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After the announcement of the new season of Fast N Loud, internet rumors had the bearded wonder, Aaron Kaufman, leaving. Turns out they were true.

In what will be quite a shock to the legions of Fast N Loud Fans, Gas Monkey Garage’s master mechanic is leaving after 13 years. It is hard to even think of Fast N Loud without Aaron, but we are going to have to.

Since the inception of Fast N Loud, Aaron Kaufman has been at the side of head monkey, Richard Rawlings. The opening of the show is always the two of them together. The best builds in the show’s history have been the product of the twos disagreements and compromise.

While no reason has been given for Kaufman’s departure, Richard Rawlings took to Gas Monkey’s website to announce his leaving. Richard made it clear that Aaron was not dismissed and that how he was shocked at the decision.

"And to Aaron, I would like to sincerely express my appreciation for the 13 years you put into GMG. We worked long and hard from the bottom to the top. Not everyday was good, and we had our share of disagreements, but it has been a hell of a ride and I would not change a minute of it. Neither of us could have achieved this without the other. Thank You, Sir.More from Art of Gears3 Reasons the 2024 Mazda CX-50 Is Among the Best Small SUVsThe Jeep Renegade Is Discontinued: Here’s a Look at Its Legacy2023 Nissan Armada: A Decent Full Size SUV With 1 Glaring IssueBest Minivans: 3 Options for Families With Solid PerformanceHere’s Why the 2023 Ford Mustang Mach-E Is So Popular"

For Fast N Loud, this is not the first Monkey to take flight. It seems that each year has seen the departure of multiple staff members. The spin-off show, Misfit Garage, was originally staffed entirely by former Gas Monkey employees.
When reached for comment, Discovery Channel has nothing but positives to say about Kaufman. Also in their statement was a hint that Kaufman might end up in a future network project. With his experience, he is a natural.

"Aaron has chosen to make this season of Fast N’ Loud his last. He has been a valued member of the Discovery family for over 5 years. We wish him the best and hope to continue to work with him. Stay tuned."

As for Fast N Loud, how will the show continue on after Kaufman’s Departure? It would seem that we will have to wait for quite a while to find out. The new season begins on January 16th, and we will have to see what leads up to Aaron’s decision to step away.

The departure of Kaufman will leave quite a hole a Gas Monkey and on Fast N Loud. Aaron possesses a natural feel on camera. For most car shows, there is a lead who is on screen savvy, and a team of mechanics that are not near as comfortable. That is what helped Fast N Loud stand apart and succeed on Discovery. I will miss Kaufman, but am very confident in his future. For Gas Monkey, it will not be easy to replace Aaron, bit if anyone can find the right person, Richard Rawlings can.

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