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Edd China quits Wheeler Dealers and will be replaced by Ant Anstead

Published 22 March 2017

After 13 memorable series, Edd China has decided to quit Wheeler Dealers to pursue other projects.

Wheeler Dealers will continue for a 14th season with Mike Brewer, who will be joined by established automotive expert and master mechanic Ant Anstead, who co-presented For The Love of Cars.

Edd has worked on Wheeler Dealers for more than a decade on what is often referred to as the biggest car show on the planet, broadcast in 220 territories around the globe.

Only a few years ago, Mike and Edd celebrated their 100th episode by taking part in the world famous London to Brighton vintage and veteran car run.

Edd China Quits Wheeler Dealers

Edd China talks about why he quit Wheeler Dealers

Edd said, ‘After season 12, the show commission was taken over by Velocity Channel in the US who replaced Attaboy TV (the original production company) with Discovery Studios in California.

'Unfortunately, on Velocity’s first attempt at producing the show they found Wheeler Dealers “too difficult” to make – at least in its current format.

‘In particular, the detailed and in-depth coverage of my fixes in the workshop – what I consider to be the backbone and USP of the programme – are something Veolcity feels should be reduced.’

Robert Scanlon, executive vice president and general manager of Velocity and Automotive Content at Discovery Communications, said, ‘While we’ll miss his signature orange gloves, we know that anything they touch will turn to automotive gold.

Scanion added, ‘We’re committed to making Wheeler Dealers the best automotive series on TV, and feel Ant brings the in-depth knowledge our viewers crave and a unique style our viewers will love.

Ant Anstead I'll Keep Mike Brewer On His Toes

Ant Anstead, 'I'll keep Mike Brewer on his toes.'

New host Ant Anstead said, 'As the first, original format for fans interested in fixing cars, it’s fair to say most TV motoring shows trace their heritage back to Wheeler Dealers.

'I grew up watching and learning from Edd and Mike, and in recent years have come to know both as close personal friends.

'It is with Edd’s blessing that I join the team for this new and exciting challenge. I hope he and viewers enjoy what I bring to the show and recognize that for me it’s always been about the love of cars.'

Ant Anstead is best known for his day job as a car builder, but he is also a designer, artist, world record holder for selling vehicles for the highest price in the World at auctions, and a semi-professional soccer player.

As a car nut, Anstead has been building custom-made cars since he was a kid. He has built a global reputation for building custom-made classic vehicles to individual client specifications.

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Season 14 of Wheeler Dealers debuts on Velocity in the US, Discovery in the UK and internationally later in 2017.

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anglebox    on 21 March 2017

Time to retire the show? Or will Ant take it to a whole new level?

   on 21 March 2017

You could see how exasperated Edd was becoming in recent episodes so perhaps not a surprise.

Meanwhile Aaron leaves Fast N Loud - now if he and Edd were to work in a technically deep series building cars without silly time limits....

David Potter    on 22 March 2017

Lets be honest, who who want to work with that t***!

   on 23 March 2017

Who the hell is Ant Anstead ?......

   on 25 March 2017

Ed China was the big star in Wheeler Dealers. He should present his own show. It will be a definite hit. Mike Brewer was good but the star was Ed China. Wheeler Dealers was Ed China.

   on 26 March 2017

Gutted this has happened. Edd was the reason why I watched it for all of those years. Hope he has his own show. Didn't think to much of the last season of WD, now I know why. Hope the show is still interesting but may not be for me now.

David Drummond    on 27 March 2017

The last few episodes in the US were very poor but I could not put my finger on it but now we know Edd was far from happy.

Such a great shame.

Conal.G    on 27 March 2017

For me Edd is WD's. Can't wait for his new show as it will come. He is bound to be snapped up. Looks like the new producers simply don't get the show which doesn't sound good for the future of WD's. What do readers think? Give it one season without Edd then WD will fold.

Simon Ambrosio    on 28 March 2017

Going to america was a huge mistake, i think mike got greedy with the lure of big dollar's, but the show should of stayed in the UK, with european cars with which the british viewer's relate too. Edd was by far the star of the show, i do like Mike but also find him a bit arrogant, unfortunately like Top Gear this is probably the beginning of end, what with firstly the second rate american shows and now Edd leavong.

Alexander Begg    on 30 March 2017

Ed China is the main reason I watch wheeler dealers due to his mechanical skills. Is their no loyality mike brewer after 10 yrs I will not be watching the next series. I will be watching Eds if and when he has a new show Learn the lesson of the revamped top gear how's it going lol. By by wheeler dealers.

Vincent DeGennaro    on 2 April 2017

Vincent DeGennaro Ed China is the show he goes deep inside engine repairs and does all other aspects of body repairs and detail.I have owned 133 cars in my life time each one has its own quirks and need there own attention. Mr china will be missed

ADUB    on 4 April 2017

Who is this Ant guy never heard of him

George Bowstead    on 9 April 2017

American greed , self interest, macho bull and childish humour seems to destroy everything they touch. This move will be no exception. Once this programme is up and running in it's new format, i for one will not be watching it. Good luck Ed, you deserve it.

JULIO REQUENA    on 12 April 2017


Eddi    4 days ago

R.I.P. Wheeler Dealers

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