What Happened to Rick on Gold Rush?

March 16, 2024

Gold mining is a physically demanding job and it can also be mentally taxing for anyone who does it for a living. It's easy to see why some miners can take a break from the show, especially when they're dealing with the loss of a loved one or other hardship.

One of the show's mainstays, Rick Ness, has been absent from several episodes of the series this season. In the latest episode, one of his crew members, Zee Zaremba, pays a visit to his home and confronts Rick about where he's been and why he's not back out digging.

Rick is honest with Zee and admits that the previous gold mining season drained him. He also notes that he has been suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder and is working on it. But Zee isn't satisfied with this answer and pushed him to explain more, specifically about the passing of his mother.

It's clear that the loss of a parent can leave anyone feeling lost, and for some people, it takes time to find their way back into life. It's even more difficult to navigate the emotional turmoil when that's combined with a highly competitive line of work, like gold mining. Fortunately, it seems that Ness is slowly regaining his footing, and he will return for the 14th season of Gold Rush. Tune in on Fridays at 8 p.m. ET on Discovery to see how things unfold.


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