Edward John China, who most car enthusiasts know as Edd China, is the host of the British television series Wheeler Dealers. The TV shows revolves mostly around old rugged vehicles that get a makeover (or an improvement rather) within a certain budget, and that are later sold to a new owner.
Co-hosted by Mike Brewer and Edd China, the show was established in October 2003, and is still on until today. But not so long ago, the latter announced that Brewer will be leaving the show - after 14 years and 13 seasons. So naturally, fans of the TV show were sad and hurt, but some took the issue too personally.
China said in a Youtube video that the reason why he left was because the production company, Velocity, found the show “too difficult to make”. He added that production wanted to cut some parts of the series, specifically the fixes in the workshop, which China feels is the most important part of the show.
Unfortunately, fans freaked out and some of them even started bashing Brewer and his family. The worst part is that he and his family were getting death threats over this. So Brewer himself brought this topic up to China over a phone call.
China released a second Youtube video where he spoke about his relationship with co-host Brewer. He said that they may not have the same ideas for the show, but at the end of the day, they are friends. And though Brewer might not be his favourite person right now (or vice versa), they’re both adults and will get over themselves, and they will both be fine.
He also spoke to the people saying that no one should die over the fact that he left the show and that no one should be sending Brewer death threats. Hopefully, these people will realize how silly they are for getting mad and just get over it. Furthermore, he said that by leaving the show, fans will get two separate shows - one with Edd China, and Wheeler Dealers with Mike Brewer and his new co-host. In fact, this sounds like a better deal for the fans. So what’s the point of being mad?
Edd China will be replaced by Ant Anstead, in the beginning of season 14. Anstead, who previously hosted For The Love Of Cars, a Channel 4 series, will now be working closely with Mike Brewer. He is also known for being a car mechanic, a designer, an artist and a world record holder. For what, you ask? For selling the most expensive vehicles at auctions. Yup, there’s a world record for everything these days.