Todd Hoffman

GOLD RUSH Rick Ness replaces Todd Hoffman as mine boss for Season 9

Rick Ness new mine boss on Gold Rush

Last month it was revealed that Gold Rush OG Todd Hoffman and his mining crew would not be returning for Gold Rush Season 9 and that Discovery was planning on replacing Todd with another mine boss. After much speculation over who that might be, the network revealed this week that it will be someone fans are very familiar with — Parker Schnabel’s ex crew foreman Rick Ness!

VIDEO Todd Hoffman announces he is leaving Gold Rush along with his dad Jack and son Hunter

Todd Hoffman quits Gold Rush

It’s the end of an era for one of the most popular reality shows in cable television history. The Discovery Channel teased last night’s episode of Gold Rush: Live by saying it would feature an announcement that would change Gold Rush forever — and they weren’t kidding. Original star Todd Hoffman announced that he and his family are leaving the show. Keep reading to watch Todd’s announcement and find out what is next for the Hoffmans.

VIDEO Man fires a gun at Todd Hoffman crew in tense Gold Rush preview clip

Todd Hoffman thumb guns

We reported over the summer that Gold Rush miner Todd Hoffman’s crew members were the targets of gunfire by a local resident upset over mining operations in the area, but at the time it was unclear if cameras were rolling or if the incident would be featured this season. Although it doesn’t appear as though the cameras were rolling when the shots were fired, they captured the moments shortly afterward — all of which will be included in tonight’s episode! Keep reading to watch the dramatic preview clip.