Ford splits with longtime TV pitchman Mike Rowe

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(Crain News Service photo) Mike Rowe: “After seven years, we’re going in different directions.”

By Michael McCarthy, Crain News Service

NEW YORK (Feb. 20, 2014) — Ford Motor Co. and longtime pitchman Mike Rowe, host of “Dirty Jobs,” have made a clean break.

Ford spokesman Chris Preuss confirmed Feb. 19 the Detroit auto maker has parted ways with the TV personality and host of the Discovery Channel’s now cancelled show.

Known for his casual, laid-back charm, Mr. Rowe was the face of Ford cars, trucks and service for seven years in TV spots created by WPP Group’s Team Detroit.

“We decided after a great association with Mike Rowe for several years that it was time to move in a new direction,” Mr. Preuss told Advertising Age. “We are no longer working together.”

On Feb. 19, Mr. Rowe also told radio host Glenn Beck he and Ford were no more.

“After seven years, we’re going in different directions, and I’m wishing them every possible success that any car company could ever have,” Mr. Rowe said on the show, calling it “a great run for me.”

Ford has no current plans to cast another celebrity pitchman in Mr. Rowe’s place, according to Mr. Preuss.

This article ran in Crain’s Advertising Age magazine, a New York City-based sister publication of Tire Business.


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