Rick Ness looks like he plans on returning to Gold Rush next season. Fans learned the hard way that Rick wasn’t going to be on the series this season. Rick’s crew also learned it the hard way when they had to actually find him and get him to let them know what was going on.
Here is why it looks like Rick will be back next season and what might be next for the reality TV star.
Rick Ness planning a Gold Rush return
When this season of Gold Rush started, there was no Rick Ness. Instead, fans saw Parker Schnabel planning to start a new Alaskan operation. Tony Beets continued to operate his successful operation. Fred Lewis tried to build his own site and the Clayton Brothers tried to get their own sites going.
However, Rick Ness was nowhere to be seen until the closing credits hinted he could return in Episode 2. However, he didn’t return. His crew had to find out where he was and then he told them he wasn’t coming back yet. That was the last Gold Rush showed of Rick this season.
However, it looks like his absence will only last one season. In a conversation with a fan on Instagram (posted to Reddit), Rick’s girlfriend Leese M. Arie said that he was coming back to the show next season. More accurately, someone asked if Leese and Rick would be back in Alaska this year and she said “that’s the plan, hun.”
If that means that Rick is coming back to Gold Rush next season, things could really get interesting. If anything, drama will be coming with him.
What has been going on with Rick Ness?
When asked why he wasn’t coming back to work, Rick told his crew that he was suffering from a form of depression and had sought professional mental help. Rick said when he got back from mining last year, he “crashed hard.” He then said that he suffered from seasonal affective disorder (SAD).
Seasonal affective disorder is a form of depression that affects people based on seasonal patterns and how they line up with a person’s life or work. There is also the fact that Rick said he had not been to his mother’s house since she died two years ago. He said he still owned the house, but he couldn’t handle dealing with that either.
However, his mental health might not be getting better right now. In November, his fiancee Leese M. Arie dumped him. She said he had cheated on her multiple times and she wouldn’t forgive him again. By January, Leese said she was back together with him, saying she was giving him another chance. Her post said “they” plan to be back this year, so that will make next season of Gold Rush can’t miss television.
Do you want to see Rick Ness back on Gold Rush next season? What do you think his story will look like upon returning? Let us know in the comments below.
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