Has The Show Billy The Exterminator Been Swamped?

There’s been an eery quiet across the TV that hasn’t been sitting well with the die hard Billy The Exterminator fans. The show or any of its re-runs haven’t been on the air for what seems to them like an eternity and there is a nervous question being bandied about. Is Billy The Exterminator cancelled? Will we ever get to see our organic spewing, animal loving bug sprayer ever again? These are some hard questions and up till now A&E, the network who airs Billy’s and many other hit shows has been pretty tight lipped.

The exploits of Billy have been the talk of the water cooler for a couple of years and the show has enjoyed great ratings and success. It seems that Billy’s fan base is (or should I say was?) strong across the country and for several months during the shows absence his fans loud voices could be heard on forums and web sites just like this one. Even periodic newsletters from the Vexcon site (Billy’s pest control company) urged viewers to be patient and said they were assured by the network that the show would air once again. The problem was that neither Vexcon, the fans nor Billy himself knew if and when that would be because the network wasn’t talking.

Now I’m not a TV producer and I wouldn’t begin to pretend to know what goes on in the minds of the Exec’s who have to run such things. I have (like you I’m sure) watched a gazzilion years of shows however & I think I know a hit when I see one- I guess this could be the frustrating part and another reason fans became uneasy because these TV ‘suits’ seem to cancel the best of shows for no apparent reason and then bring us something stupid and expect us to watch. (anybody remember THE PRETENDER?)

My question is; Was it simply a scheduling snafu, technical quirk or perhaps even a behind the scenes contract dispute that put this once hot show in limbo? Or, was there something else on the horizon and perhaps A&E was biding it’s time waiting and wondering what its next move should be?

America Loves People From The Bayou

I guess folks around the nation are just fascinated with people from the south and really intrigued with those who live and work in the Louisiana bayou. Not only is Billy from there but so is a captivating group of people who hunt alligators for a living known as “Swamp People” and they too have their own show on the History channel and the ratings are going through the roof. Their show is very popular and this unique cast of characters have taken the persona that Billy first introduced to us and given it real authenticity. They talk like swamp people, trap like them and even eat food we’d consider road kill like a swamp person should. This has got the country seemingly switching allegiance from that wildly dressed character in Billy to the barefoot and gun toting alligator hunters whose life’s rules are simply- Set the trap, get da gata and chute da gun!

Even my customers who 6 months ago couldn’t say enough about Billy are suddenly quoting the cast of swamp people and talking about the show. “Chute da gun Elizabit” is a common phrase I hear over and over where I use to hear “Dude, rat droppings can give you botchulism.” It seems that while Billy was King, at least around here he has suddenly taking a back seat and by the looks of things I’m not sure he’ll get his place back.

I’m not sure if the exec’s at A&E are the cause of this by waiting and NOT airing his show or if just Americas appetite for more authentic and raw entertainment should be blamed. A new season of Billy The Exterminator has been announced and it touts the sun glassed exterminator will be traveling the countryside helping people across the map but I wonder- will it be enough?

About The Bug Doctor

Jerry Schappert is a certified pest control operator and Associate Certified Entomologist with over two and a half decades of experience from birds to termites and everything in between. He started as a route technician and worked his way up to commercial/national accounts representative. Always learning in his craft he is familiar with rural pest services and big city control techniques. Jerry has owned and operated a successful pest control company since 1993 in Ocala,Florida. While his knowledge and practical application has benefitted his community Jerry wanted to impart his wisdom on a broader scale to help many more. Pestcemetery.com was born from that idea in 2007 and has been well received. It is the goal of this site to inform you with his keen insights and safely guide you through your pest control treatment needs.

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  • Linda_c_91792

    A&Eyou are going to lose a lot of viewers if you cancel Billy, he is the best of the reality shows on tv right now.  Are you people crazy.

    Linda Connolly  Kansas (California)

  • Well somethings up- that’s for sure.

  • Braxdilldall

    Y would u cancel the show even kids get into the show and its not a violent show like most shows on tv…there is a lot of up roar and controversy over this….its really rediculous and hilarious and y would u want to lose millions of viewers.

  • It does seem odd but then again, I can think of many really good shows in the past that were replaced with less entertaining ones. Big shots with the bucks get to make the decisions.

  • pookie

    Billeh! Billeh! Billeh!

  • /e

    Hopefully it’s been cancelled … what a boring show,,, staged from beginning to end

  • Howard Huges

    He got busted for crack. A&E dont want no crackhead on tv.

  • Ahhh, but TV and movie land is FILLED with folks like this. Hopefully Billy has straightened this out and who knows if the public will give him a 2nd chance like they do to sooooo many others.

  • Skye

    Actually, he got busted for synthetic marijuana. BIG difference. He plead guilty and was given a very lenient sentence – $500 fine, community service, treatment, and must submit to random drug testing for a year. He did get his bug license suspended for a year. We may see him back on A&E after all.

  • His license or his certification? Not that it makes much difference. (not sure if Louisiana is the same as here) You can have a business license and not be certified but the licensee has to have a certified operator to be legal… either can be adversely affected with a felony (or other offense) but more lenient on the licensee that cert holder.

  • I think it would be a big mountain for him to conquer–but I’d be willing to bet he can reach the crest, whether or not the public accepts him–don’t know, but at this point….he’s got more important things to consider than ‘my’ entertainment…. Go Billy!

  • Dennis

    Linda Connolly ripped me off online. Accepted $90 payment for an item and never shipped it! Not a good person. She’s a scammer!!!

  • Who is Linda Connoly & why are you posting that here?

  • I read that he quit the family business and moved to Illinois. He’s working on a new show—-God only knows if that will ever come to fruition. Apparently that family couldn’t stand a little success.

  • Wow–hadn’t heard of that… Thx

  • Vigilant person

    The stars of many shows have had run ins with the laws and have returned to prominence. Even though this show was at times a little dull, it actually was a rather informative and interesting subject and topic and I firmly believe that this show should be returned to the screen. Show like SMO the jackass are more interesting to some of the rednecks that are viewing the tube. What’s next, Ormsbee the fake remodeler from Troy, NY, who rips off customers with his padded Angie’s List review? Not bad for a registered level III sex offender, who incidentally ripped off an elderly lady from California for several thousand dollars, telling her a bull shit lie that he was a large contractor with need for money due to the fact that he was allegedly shot by a homeowner in Albany, NY, and needed to have his non existent truck repaired to continue his business. Not bad for a real asshole that has no tools, no drivers license, a welfare cell phone, and lives with his girlfriend that is just as bad as he is, another criminal enterprise, named Sally Douchebag, and they all crash at associates homes, arriving just in time for a free meal and a warm bed. Can you say SCUMBAG LOSER ?

  • I’m sure you can cite even more–

  • Sarah Eggers

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/7524576d4e88c5c232bdaed0037db0d2291e36731b83112f28c7bd666c27938c.gif Yes, to me it will be. I love Billy, TV just isn’t the same without him. I just wish he and Ricky were still working together. Although I do love the new show. I missed him, In Fact, I have told many people in my home town about the new show, got everyone watching. Also helped to create some new fans. Hang in there Billy, I will do what I can to help. You will always be my Favorite TV exterminator in the world.