It’s been eight years since Storage Wars first premiered, so fans have had plenty of time to choose their favorite characters on the show. Yet of all the different personalities, everyone seemed to like Barry Weiss. The 66-year-old was like your wildly inappropriate uncle who always told the best stories, and although he didn’t tend to score the best lockers, every now and then he would surprise the others with a win. Yet one day, Barry seemed to disappear, prompting fans to ask, “What happened to Barry?”
Unfortunately, it seems like “The Collector” may have retired from reality TV. Although some fans were concerned he may have died, we’re happy to say he’s most certainly alive and well. That being said, he told TMZ he’s gone back to his old job of being a “professional slacker.”
Barry left the popular show after only four seasons, but it was clear even to viewers that he was a lot less invested in the competition than the others. Having already been retired when he appeared on the show, the reality TV star always looked like he was just going along for the ride. “I had a blast,” the A&E alum said of his experience. “It was fun, but I had enough and I kind of wanted to leave while it was still popular.” We can’t say we blame him!
He did, however, have his own spin-off for a time, but it was so short-lived, you may have missed it. Storage Wars‘ fourth spin-off, Barry’d Treasure, debuted in 2014 and featured Barry traveling across the United States in the search of cool collectibles and antiques. Despite having a number of his SW buddies appear on the show, Barry’d Treasure only lasted eight episodes before being canceled. We saw Barry again in 2015 with the Storage Wars: Barry Strikes Back special, but after that, fans never saw him again.
Although Barry admitted that he has no other TV projects on his plate at the moment, he did reveal what his dream show would be. “I’d like to do like a motorsport show really,” he said. “I’m really knowledgeable in all types. I’d really like to do that and travel the world, cause that’s what I like.” Someone give this guy a pilot!
Storage Wars airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. EST on A&E.