Fred Hurt joined “Gold Rush” from the very beginning. He was on Todd Hoffman’s team for Season 1, and the following season, he ventured forth with his own team. They’d stick around for Seasons 3 and 4, and after that point, they abruptly left the show. Granted, they didn’t say goodbye to Discovery entirely. They went on to star in the spinoff series, “Gold Rush: White Water,” but it’s enough to make fans wonder why Hurt felt the need to leave the mainstay series.
While he’s never specified the precise reason for his departure, it apparently all came down to money. Starcasm quoted Hurt’s Facebook page, where he wrote, “I am a working class guy like most of you. After spending more for four years straight than I made, there was no way for me to continue. But the main reason is simple……and I quote…. ‘If you want a Miner, call me…….if you want an Actor, pay me like one.'” Apparently, working on “Gold Rush: White Water” was a more lucrative prospect for Hurt and his family.