Salvage Hunters star reveals he's quitting the show after 11 years on screen

Unexpected: A Salvage Hunters icon has shocked fans revealing he will be quitting the show after being on screen for 11 years
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A Salvage Hunters icon has shocked fans revealing he will be quitting the show after being on screen for 11 years.

The Quest’s long running series has followed for many years the adventures of decorative salvage dealer Drew Pritchard across UK – as he embarks to seek antique pieces to re-sell.

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And fans of the show were left devastated when Quest shared the sad news on social media.

The show’s official network wrote: ‘T has decided to leave #SalvageHunters after 11 years on the road.

‘We’d like to thank T for bringing his dry wit and gentle charm to all he has done for the series and wish him all the best in his future endeavours.’

Unexpected: A Salvage Hunters icon has shocked fans revealing he will be quitting the show after being on screen for 11 years

Update: The show's official network wrote: 'T has decided to leave #SalvageHunters after 11 years on the road. We'd like to thank T for bringing his dry wit and gentle charm to all he has done for the series and wish him all the best in his future endeavours'

Update: The show’s official network wrote: ‘T has decided to leave #SalvageHunters after 11 years on the road. We’d like to thank T for bringing his dry wit and gentle charm to all he has done for the series and wish him all the best in his future endeavours’

John ‘T’ Tee has been a crucial presence not only for the series’ development, but also a vital help for Drew throughout his salvage adventure.

John, 53, has been by Drew’s side since the beginning as he used to drive him across the country, and helped him load the truck – making him indispensable in the iconic show.

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In a short clip, T candidly said he simply felt like it was time to move on after 11 years. 

‘I’ve been lucky enough over the years to work with some amazing crew, visited some stunning locations and filmed with some lovely people,’ he said.

‘So thank you all for watching, au revoir. But remember, we’ll always have Patina Turner.’

Salvage Hunters’ fans were left in shock by the unexpected news.

Meanwhile show leading man Drew, 53, claimed ‘dreadful’ daytime antiques shows are ruining the business earlier in May – after comparing the industry to ‘like the mafia.’

The Salvage Hunters star, from North Wales, hosts the popular Discovery Channel show which has 22 million viewers in around 52 countries.

Fundamental role: John 'T' Tee has been a crucial presence not only for the series' development, but also a vital help for Drew throughout his salvage adventure

Fundamental role: John ‘T’ Tee has been a crucial presence not only for the series’ development, but also a vital help for Drew throughout his salvage adventure

Pillar: John, 53, has been by Drew's side since the beginning as he used to drive him across the country, and helped him load the truck - making him indispensable in the iconic show

Pillar: John, 53, has been by Drew’s side since the beginning as he used to drive him across the country, and helped him load the truck – making him indispensable in the iconic show

However he is critical of other antiques programmes, which he claimed have ‘watered down’ the business.

Drew, whose book How Not to Be an Antiques Dealer: Everything I’ve Learnt, That Nobody Told Me’ came out in late May, told The Telegraph: ‘I’ve got great friends who are on them, but they’re auctioneers, not dealers. 

‘It’s like saying a painter and decorator is a builder. They both work on houses, but they do different things.’

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Drew became interested in becoming an antiques dealer at a young age – when he was just eight, he had the idea of opening a shop. 

He describes himself as a ‘decorative salvage dealer’, scouring collections and hoards everywhere from country houses to bric-a-brac shops, in search of things to renovate.

He has an eye for the pieces other dealers miss, and his discerning clients – who include fashion designer Ralph Lauren, chef Marco Pierre White and Hollywood star Jim Carrey – trust his taste in the unusual.

Meanwhile he also said the industry is now easier to get into, and shared a number of tips on how to become a dealer. 

Speaking his mind: Series leading man and dealer Drew (pictured) has claimed 'dreadful' daytime antiques shows are ruining the business - after comparing the industry to 'like the mafia'

Speaking his mind: Series leading man and dealer Drew (pictured) has claimed ‘dreadful’ daytime antiques shows are ruining the business – after comparing the industry to ‘like the mafia’

He advised putting as much money into your business to start with as possible, saying: ‘It’s simple economics: the more you start with, the more you’re able to make.’

Meanwhile he also suggested avoiding haggling people to the lowest price – and instead said there is value in building a longer-term relationship with people. 

Drew added: ‘Dealer to dealer is the best business you’ll ever do. There’s no messing about. 

‘They give you a price, you either accept it or you don’t, and that’s it – done and dusted.’ 

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