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'American Chopper' cancelled

Paul Teutul Jr., center, star of Discovery Channel's

Paul Teutul Jr., center, star of Discovery Channel's Senior Vs. Junior American Chopper, introduces the 911 Tribute Bike at the Progressive International Motorcycle Show on Friday, Jan. 20, 2012 in New York. (Credit: AP )

Big news from the (so-called) cancellation bear: The Discovery Channel is ending "American Chopper" after 10 years of chopping. "After 10 years and 233 episodes of incredible, riveting reality television, American Chopper will be ending its run," says Eileen O'Neill, group president, Discovery and TLC Networks, in a statement. "This series was one of the very first family-based reality programs on television. Special thanks to Pilgrim Studios for over a decade of great producing. The Teutuls have given us really innovative bike builds and real drama since 2002. We wish both Orange County Choppers and Paul Junior Designs the best."

And yes, this is a big deal. "Chopper" was born back in the formative years of reality — or unscripted — TV, and few figured a show about a couple of gnarly dudes at an upstate biker shop would turn into a big hit for TDC, though it did.

Think of it this way — without "American Chopper," there would be no "Hardcore Pawn," or a zillion other such workplace reality shows.

Tags: american biker , the discovery channel

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