Reality television got a little too real yesterday in New York. The AP is reporting that a 26 year old Beacon NY roofer died yesterday morning when he accidentally stepped through a hole in the roof of the building that Paul Teutal Jr. is renovating for his new motorcycle shop.
Paul Jr and Paul Sr have reportedly not spoken since the break up last year that led to Jr. being fired and leaving the once popular reality television show American Chopper.
The Learning Channel producers announced that the pair would star in a new show that would pit father against son in the motorcycle building industry and said production would begin soon, but no air date has been set.
According to the report, neither Paul Jr. or Sr. was present at the time of the accident. The name of the deceased is being withheld pending final notification of family members.
Father and Son Teutel in the early years
If you’re one of those Orange County Chopper haters and celebrated when TLC announced the end of the show, then we’ve got some bad news for you. They’re baaaacccckkkk!
Yes, as much as you hate to hear it, The Learning Channel is beginning production on a new reality (if you want to call it that) show that will feature the head to head competition between the original shop, Orange County Choppers and his son’s new shop, Paul Jr. Designs, which is located near the site of the original shop in Rock Tavern NY.
According to published reports, the pair haven’t spoken in over a year since the tift which caused Sr. to fire his son from the family business. The pair are embroiled in a lawsuit in which the father is demanding return of 20% of the business from Junior.
Executive producer Christo Doyle told the Post, “This is a very bitter situation that runs really deep — at times I feel I’m a family therapist and not a producer.”
For his part, Paul Jr says he’d like a reconciliation. Paulie is quoted in the NY Post as saying, “I’m always hopeful for a reconciliation, but sometimes these things happen for a reason.”
Forgive us for thinking the reason may have more to do with a dip in the ratings than a 20% slice of the pie.