Gold Rush: White Water fans are not happy. The show opened the new season playing back-to-back with the OG Gold Rush. However, halfway through the season, Warner Bros-Discovery made the controversial move to stop the new episodes. Now, they are putting them off for a few months.
This has not made fans happy and the move has many contemplating boycotting Discovery Plus as a result.
Why did Discovery put Gold Rush: White Water on hiatus?
The news that Discovery suddenly put Gold Rush: White Water on hiatus in the middle of the season came when producer Tim Dalby announced it on social media. Dalby was shocked that the network made the move and he was not happy about it. According to the producer, the network took the show off the air for the next three months in the middle of the season.
There was also no notice for fans who followed it every week. Tim said that the network did it to save money – even though the show is already paid for and finished. It just has to air. However, the way the business works is that the network can keep something “off the books” until it airs on TV. Tim said the show would not return until the “new financial year in April.”
It seems like another way that Warner Bros-Discovery has played with its financials for tax purposes. They also canceled a completed movie and can not release it ever now because they used it as a tax write-off. That movie was a DC Comics release in Batgirl. While they might be saving some money on taxes as they get finances in order, fans are not happy about it.
Fans threaten to boycott Discovery Plus
When it comes to the fans, saving money and putting a show on hiatus in the middle of the season was insulting to the fans. “Warner Disney are greedy corporate profiteering scum and this proves it. they care only about their money not the artist, actors , workers or audience,” one fan wrote in response to the news.
Tim mentioned himself, saying that “the series has been rating well again and this rather short-sighted move will obviously harm that.” One fan asked why the network would pull a highly-rated show in the middle of the season. They said that people pay for Discovery+ and it sounds like the people’s money isn’t enough for the network to care about making them happy.
Some fans believed that this season of Gold Rush: White Water was better than Gold Rush and now they have to wait to continue the story for months. “White water has been intense this season and you just stop showing it in the middle of the season?” one fan complained. “Makes me not want to invest my time in discovery shows ever again.”
Another fan mentioned that when it comes to companies like Warner Bros-Discovery, they don’t care about anything but the bottom line. More so, they have no care at all for the fans who pay money for their service. Finally, one fan put it bluntly and clearly. “You don’t cut a program mid-season and leave your viewers hanging,” they wrote. “What’s next charge us extra to watch on plus. Ignore the viewers and soon they will ignore you.”
Are you angry about Gold Rush: White Water going on hiatus in the middle of the season? Would you consider a boycott of Discovery+? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.