VIDEO YUUUP! Dave Hester is returning to Storage Wars

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I have to confess I didn’t see this coming! After a very bitter falling out, which included a lawsuit and a war of harsh words in the press, A&E is bringing back storage auction bidding super-villain Dave “The Mogul” Hester when Storage Wars returns on August 12th!

The first announcement came in the form of a tweet from A&E on Tuesday, complete with a Dave Hester photo:

The news was confirmed yesterday via a press release for the new season, which stated “New episodes of A&E’s hit original series Storage Wars, featuring the return of legendary bidder Dave Hester, will begin airing with back-to-back premieres on Tuesday, August 12 at 9PM and 9:30PM ET/PT.”

UPDATE – A&E has now released the first promotional video highlighting the return of Dave:

It is still unclear how much Dave will be featured or how often, and he hasn’t mentioned the return at all on his Twitter account. (I hope his return isn’t unofficial and pixelated or something like that!) Actually, as recently as March, Dave was still bashing A&E, Storage Wars and Barry Weiss’s spin-off series Barry’d Treasure:

And speaking of Storage Wars and Twitter bashing, one person clearly not happy that Darth Hester is headlining A&E’s version of The Empire Strikes Back is Darrell “The Gambler” Sheets, who apparently isn’t allowed to address Hester’s return publicly, which doesn’t stop him from addressing not being able to address Hester’s return publicly:

It seems Darrell’s gag order doesn’t include critiques of Dave as a human being either:

Talk about your “WOW factor!”

Interestingly, Darrell did seem to shed a little light on what happened in this interaction with a follower:

On a more positive note, Storage Wars auctioneer Dan Dotson is back out of the hospital and doing well after suffering duel aneurysms last month:

Sticking with the Star Wars theme, it’s awesome to hear Obi-Wan Kedotson is back!!!

As I mentioned above, Storage Wars returns with back-to-back episodes on Tuesday, August 12 starting at 9/8c on A&E.