“Storage Wars” fans were treated to a sneak peek of the A&E reality-TV series’ new Season 5 episodes during a marathon viewing Tuesday night, the teaser featuring the highly-anticipated return of the series former villain, storage locker bidder Dave Hester.
“He’s back. In black. The mogul. Dave Hester,” touted the network.
“I’m kind of excited to piss people off,” Hester said of his shocking return to the series which comes almost two years after being fired for outing the network for allegedly staging scenes.
Similar to some fans dreading Hester’s comeback, his co-stars also had nothing nice to say about his starring role in the back-to-back Aug. 12 premiere.
“Are you kidding me right now?” star Jarrod Schulz says of Hester’s presence. “He’s sick in the head!” adds his wife, Brandi Passante.
“I can’t even think I’m so pissed off!” says Darrell Sheets, going on to compare Hester’s signature auction call (“YUUUP!”) to the sound of a “pregnant cow in heat.” “I didn’t miss that at all,” he quipped.
While fans will have to wait until Tuesday, Aug. 12 (9 p.m./9:30 p.m. EDT) to catch up with Hester, viewers can rest easy knowing his return does not appear to be drama-free.
“I didn’t want this locker but screwing over Dave sounds real good right now,” says Passante who is shown attempting to purposefully up the price of a storage locker in an effort to antagonize her longtime enemy. Despite Passante’s best efforts to outbid Hester, the reality star said he believes he will still come out on top.
“These people still don’t know what they’re doing,” says Hester. “All the better for me!”
Last month, A&E announced that Hester, following his immediately dismissal in 2012 after publicly bashing the series, will return.
“America’s favorite bidders are back in the hint for the extraordinary,” the network shared in a press release. “At the weather heats up in Southern California, so do the long-standing rivalries, and with the comeback of ‘The Mogul’ Dave Hester, the gloves are off and anything goes!”
“Storage Wars” returns Aug. 12 at 9 p.m./9:30 p.m. EDT on A&E. The series premiere of Passante and Schulz’s spinoff series, “Brandi & Jarrod: Married To The Job,” follows at 10 p.m. EDT.