Hardcore Pawn (lost unreleased "Chris Bores" episode of reality TV show; existence unconfirmed; 2015)
Hardcore Pawn is an American reality TV show following the lives of a family of pawnshop owners in Detroit, Michigan. The shop is owned by Leslie "Les" Gold, and co-owned by his two kids Seth and Ashley. The series showcases objects that are brought in to be pawned or sold, and also focuses on the customers that come into the store. The show ran for nine seasons from 2010-2015 on TruTV, and was cancelled when the network chose to take the channel in a different direction.
However, there were supposedly plans for a tenth season, and one episode was planned to feature Chris Bores (better known as the Irate Gamer), showcasing his apparent "ghost hunting abilities" as he dealt with a haunting in the shop.
During "the last couple months" of 2014, Bores was teasing on his YouTube channel that he would appear on a reality TV show in January 2015. While not specifying which one yet, he claimed that "what he did shocked the film crew." He later changed the date to "January/February" before staying dormant about the subject. Finally, on March 5th, 2015, Bores revealed during a now-deleted update video that the show would be Hardcore Pawn. He stated that he would hunt ghosts during the show, and that "they'll edit it down... they might make me look like an idiot." Bores tried backing up his claims of appearing in the show by including a picture of him and Gold, as seen in the infobox.
However, the show's final episode aired on April 6th, 2015, with no appearance of Bores in-sight. The episode's existence is questionable, as Bores has a known history of stretching the truth, and the picture might have been just taken during a simple meet-up. Despite this, Chris was adamant about appearing on the show, mentioning it on his website and his book, "Ghost Hunting 2.0".
In the most optimistic scenario, it seems likely his filmed footage simply never made the cut of any episode for quality/pacing reasons, or/and because of Bores's infamous online reputation.
- Chris Bores' website, in which he mentions his alleged Hardcore Pawn appearance. Retrieved 20 Feb '20
- The SOPRANOS: Final Last Episode Review "we got whacked" (found online review video by "The Irate Gamer"; 2007)
- Article that mentions why Hardcore Pawn was cancelled. Retrieved 20 Feb' 20
- IrateGamerSucks blog post about Bores' unspecified reality TV appearance. Retrieved 20 Feb '20
- Another IrateGamerSucks blog post about Bores' unspecified reality TV appearance. Retrieved 20 Feb '20
- IrateGamerSucks blog post about Bores' update video. Retrieved 20 Feb '20