Pawn Stars fans must be aware that the members of the family running the store have a strong relationship with each other. It was no secret that Richard was very fond of Rick. After all, it was quite obvious that the two of them were close to each other! But why did the “Old Man” cut one of his children out of the will? Every single fan of the show will tell you that family is important to him. Viewers could not believe it when they heard the details of the story. The omission of this family member was not the only surprising thing about it…
The Show Has Great Ratings
For 17 years now, Pawn Stars has been on the History Channel as one of the most successful reality TV shows out there. It has captivated viewers even though one of the main stars has since passed away. Even though it is always fun to watch the family dynamic on the screen, it is still hard to guess what it is really like when the cameras are not rolling.
Before He Became A TV Star
Richard Harrison founded the store, so the show would not have happened without him! Born in 1941, he is the patriarch of the family. He hailed from a poor family and got involved with petty crime early on. However, things came to a boil when he got caught trying to steal a car. He then enlisted in the Navy to avoid spending any time in prison. For two decades, he served in the military and even reached the rank of Petty Officer, First Class. However, he had to look for a way to earn money after his time in the Navy.
Starting The Family Business
Around that time, he was already married to Joanne Rhue, the woman of his dreams. While he was in the Navy, she had a real-estate business going on. They had three young boys that they had to provide for, so they were heartbroken when her business started going downhill. Richard had to find a way to support the family. This was when he started thinking of going to a bigger city with more opportunities.
Its Humble Beginnings
Using the savings that they had left, the family relocated to the city of Las Vegas in Nevada. For his business, he rented a 30-sq.m. space. At first, he bought and sold silver and gold coins. However, he later expanded the business. They were making a decent profit with the pawnshop by then, but he soon realized that they could still improve things. After some time, he asked the help of Rick, his eldest son.
Their Close Bond
The family business kept growing, and so did the bond between Richard and Rick. The two of them came up with a strategy! They had a “good cop/bad cop” routine when they bought high-value goods and antiques. It helped them fetch the best possible price. Over the years, Rick developed great negotiation skills and put this to good use. As a matter of fact, anyone who has watched the show can attest to this. Even so, not everyone in the family got involved in this family business of theirs…
A Lot Of Drama
There have been a lot of dramatic and emotional moments over the 16 seasons of the show. Despite this, Rick and Richard only grew closer as the years passed by. Whenever they dealt with family drama and came across a rare find, their relationship improved more and more. Richard was aware that a great relationship is non-negotiable when it comes to business partners. It is hard to separate family and business when you are working with your own blood. However, Richard is not as close to his other kids.
His Personal Hero
It is safe to say that Rick considers his father to be his hero. No one can deny that there is a special bond between this pair. Not only do they contend with family matters together, but they run a successful business as well. Richard was aware that he was fortunate enough to avoid the estrangement that often comes with mixing family and work. However, it turned out that there was bad news waiting for them all.
The Horrible News
While the 15th season of the show was nearing the end, Richard died of Parkinson’s disease. This left a void in the lineup of the show, of course. Not only was Rick dealing with the loss of a business partner, but he also lost his dad and mentor. However, it turns out that there was trouble in paradise. It was only after the funeral that people found out that the relationship between them was not what it seemed.
Drama Among The Cast Members
Over the course of 17 seasons, Pawn Stars has shown tense moments between the sellers and the team. Not only did the show focus on the relationship between Rick and Richard, but it also features Corey Harrison, Rick’s grandson, and his best friend Austin “Chumlee” Russell. A lot of the problems behind the scenes have something to do with the latter. Let us see what kind of trouble this ‘Pawn Star’ has gotten into over the years…
Reading The Will
We are sure that it was already hard enough to process grief after losing Richard. However, it turns out that there was more drama waiting for the family. It is not rare for this to happen when a person passes away and everyone else has to deal with the will. When Rick and his siblings went to their lawyer to find out what the will said, they could not believe what it said.
Someone Was Left Out
As they were going through the will, none of them expected to hear that someone was left out of his wishes. Here is the excerpt from the document that we are talking about: “I would like to express my love and affection for Christopher Keith Harrison; however for purposes of this Will, I have intentionally and with full knowledge failed to provide for him and his issue.” But why would Richard leave Christopher out of the will? People were aware that Corey and Chumlee did not always get along with the Old Man, but he still left something for them.
The Black Sheep
There was a time when Rick admitted about thinking of firing Chumlee. He wanted to do this thanks to the careless and unruly behavior of this costar. The controversies reached its peak when police raided the house of Chumlee while he was under investigation for assault. Even though they did not find anything related to the case, they did stumble into something that had a negative effect on the business.
Leaving It All Behind
The cops discovered illegal substances and unregistered guns in his house! It was a good thing that he got off with only three years of probation. On top of that, he continues to appear on the reality show. When Richard died, the costars and family forgot all about their petty arguments. Fans know just how savvy the “Old Man” was with money, so they wanted to hear what he decided to put in his will.
The Reason Behind The Omission
As soon as Rick arrived at the office of the lawyer and listened to the reading of the will, he could tell that there was something off. Richard might have been a great accountant and businessman, but he was always forthcoming about these things. This was the reason they could not believe what the attorney was telling them. After hearing that specific part, they asked him to repeat what he just told them.
Despite His Love And Affection
The attorney then cleared his throat and repeated the passage. Once more, he said, “I would like to express my love and affection for Christopher Keith Harrison; however, for purposes of this will, I have intentionally and with full knowledge failed to provide for him and his issue.” You see, Christopher was the one who decided not to appear on the show. However, this does explain why he was taken out of the will.
The Unknown Son
Even fans and viewers of the show did not know that Christopher existed until this came out. Apparently, it is believed that Richard decided to do such a thing thanks to the fact that he was the only family member who did not join the family business. Despite this, Christopher was still his son through and through. Was there anything else that happened to make Richard exclude him on the will?
Not Part Of The Family Business
Fans were confused when they learned about this development. A lot of people believed that Richard took Christopher out of the will just because he did not get involved in the store. Perhaps the late family patriarch thought that he does not deserve anything for this reason. However, people wanted to know what “his issue” meant. A different fan said, “Sorry, I actually would like to know why he was left off. Didn’t he get along with the other brother? Or just not the dad?” The lawyers of the family issued a statement to say that they did not receive an explanation for this either.
How Rick Remembers His Dad
Rick has always been the one who stood by Richard ever since he was a little boy. He has fond memories of his father. At one point, he even said, “He was my hero and I was fortunate to get a very cool ‘Old Man’ as my dad. That I got to share him with so many others and they got to see what a great family man he was is something I am grateful to have experienced with him.”
It Remains A Mystery
In the end, however, we still cannot confirm why Richard did such a thing. Rick and Corey have admitted that they talked about this matter with the “Old Man” in the past. However, they decided not to share the reasons for his decision. Even though people believe that Richard excluded Christopher because of his lack of involvement in the family, we do not know if this was the case for sure. Only time will tell if Corey and Rick will eventually share the truth with everyone else!