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Orange County Choppers TV run comes to an end

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Albany/HV: Orange County Choppers TV run comes to an end
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Some might argue that they put Orange County on the map. But now after a decade long run on television, Paulie Senior and the rest of the Teutuls are calling it a "wrap." Our Christian Farrell has more.

NEWBURGH, N.Y. - The final ride of a ten year run. Paul Teutul Senior of "American Choppers" fame makes his way through a mob of cheering fans Wednesday evening at the Orange County Choppers Cafe in Newburgh. The celebrity motorcycle manufacturer debuts one more custom built bike - for the final episode of the reality show he's been starring in for a decade.

"I really enjoyed, after the first two years of getting use to it, once you get use to it, it's kind of like your everyday job," said Orange County Choppers Paul Teutul, Senior.

However, earlier this month the Discovery Channel announced it was canceling the popular show. A show that debuted back in September of 2002. What began as a series focusing on one local family's business building motorcycles, grew to become a monster television hit.
With viewers tuning in to see quality craftsmanship.

"I ride motorcycles my whole life. And I just like watching them build them," said Michael Wenrich of Myerstown, Pennsylvania.

The show also included a little friction between a father and his employee sons.

"It's pretty cool. Nice reality. A father and his sons, not everything is peaches and cream," said Anthony Gioco of Middletown, Connecticut.

The Orange County Choppers brand name is now recognized worldwide thanks to the television show. The latest expansion being into the restaurant business.

"The thing with Orange County Choppers and myself is we're always moving ahead, with or without a show. We're doing multiple restaurants now, and we have other things in the cooker," said Teutul.

Now although the bright lights of tv will be going away, Paulie Senior said he and the gang will continue to build custom-made motorcycles. And he says you never know, perhaps he'll be in front of the camera again somewhere down the road.

"Don't count me out for another show," said Teutul.

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