Dave Hester
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One of my favorite TV shows is called Storage Wars, and I like to go down to Kobey's Swap Meet at the Valley View Casino Center (Sports Arena) to look for the collectibles I like to buy and collect. Lately, the last three times I have been, I have seen (now former) Storage Wars host Dave Hester set up in a booth, selling his “YUUUP!” logo on shirts and other stuff.

On December 11 and 12, details of a lawsuit filed by Hester against the A&E program producers came to light. Hester says he was recently fired because he complained about the alleged staging of props "to add dramatic effect" to the reality show. He also accuses the production company of auction manipulation. According to the lawsuit, "...nearly every aspect of the Series is faked, even down to the plastic surgery that one of the female cast members underwent in order to create more 'sex appeal.'"

According to huliq.com, Hester was earning "$25,000 per episode for a guarantee of 26, plus a monthly stipend of $2,500 AND an expense account of $124,500 plus a $25,000 signing bonus."

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Javajoe25 Dec. 13, 2012 @ 9:50 p.m.

Wow. $650,000 + is a lot of dough considering he never did anything but whine and moan and try to spoil things for everyone else. He wasn't a host btw, that show didn't have one, but he was the most despicable member of the whole entourage. It did not surprise me to hear he was off the show.

I've also seen Hester at Koby's and thought it odd he would spend his day trying to sell his hats, t-shirts and other "Yuuuuuup!" junk, considering how he always bragged on the show about how much money he would make on the stuff he got from the storage sheds. Now, it really doesn't compute if he telling the truth about that paycheck.

I don't know what to make of his claims about the show being faked. It's possible, but I think the storage company has some legal responsibility not to touch things in the sheds prior to the advertised auction. It would be something if the producers of the show were found to have "salted" things a bit just to spice it up, but if the bidders did not know it ahead of time, then I don't think it really matters much.


Mercy Baron Dec. 13, 2012 @ 10:26 p.m.

I tried to do a story on Dave at the swap meet a few months ago. He wouldn't allow me to photograph him, saying A&E would not allow him to be photographed without their permission. At the time, there was nothing more newsworthy about him, so it wasn't a good story. Now it is!


SurfPuppy619 Dec. 13, 2012 @ 11:59 p.m.

You don't need anyone's permission to photograph them in public-at a swap meet.


Ken Harrison Dec. 14, 2012 @ 5:58 a.m.

Only thing I can add is I tried to track down when they would be filming and it is a closely guarded secret. Dan the auctioneer's own company said they never knew in advance.


Javajoe25 Dec. 14, 2012 @ 9:53 a.m.

What I cannot understand is why a guy who is paid $25,000, 26 times a year, plus other cash benefits, would bother selling t-shirts and hats at a swap meet. Unless he was really doing it for other, personal reasons, like..."Come and meet the star!"


Cameron Robertson Jan. 19, 2014 @ 6:45 p.m.

Sounds to me like he’s gutted that he was sacked and is still trying to stay in the public eye by thinking people would be interested in his tacky t-shirts and hats. I love to watch Storage Wars and never miss a show, and I have to say that I agree it is a whole lot better with him out of the picture as he was quite irritating and made some very stupid comments.


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