'Dirty Jobs' Host Mike Rowe Once Asked His Boss for a Raise Covered in Sewage

From TIME - June 30, 2017

What's the best way to ask for a raise? Earlier this month, MONEY asked some of our favorite famous people that very question. From financial guru Sallie Krawcheck to actor Jimmy O. Yang, the tips we got were as diverse as the people dishing them out (check out the full series here). But one story shines especially bright.

Mike Rowe, longtime host of Dirty Jobs and current podcast host of "The Way I Heard It with Mike Rowe," offered up this humdinger of a raise story:

"Not long after Season 1 of Dirty Jobs premiered, Discovery ordered an additional 39 episodes. This was a pleasant, yet terrifying surprise. Pleasant, because it never occurred to me that Discovery would want more episodes of the show I had just begged them to buy, and terrifying, because the terms of my contract I had agreed to were not only inconsistent with those of a hit show, they were totally at odds with a hosting job whose primary hallmarks were pain and humiliation. So I arranged a meeting with my boss, to discuss a better deal.


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