It is with a heavy heart that we post this next story:
Jerome the Gnome is dead. The enormous 18′ tall gnome quickly rose to fame in early 2012 as the eye-catching and slightly-creepy centerpiece icon of the A&E reality show Shipping Wars, which features uShip.
But when his contract wasn’t renewed for Season 2, his future became unknown and he began to drift, first appearing in an industrial yard in Brooklyn and then a local bar. And now, the Brooklyn Paper reporters Jerome the Gnome is gnome no more. He was one year old. (Read details of Jerome’s grizzly dismemberment at The Brooklyn Paper.)
Despite the reality show going a “different direction” for Season 2, Jerome never publicly showed his unhappiness with the decision, always appearing happy, whistling and even a bit vulnerable. After all, he got to tour much of our great country attached to a flatbed trailer driven by a very cool dude named Jonathan Cook who lovingly dubbed him his “gnomie.”
However Jerome’s close friends, colleagues and handlers tell a different story. He reportedly held a cold, hollow bitterness over just one season of stardom around his association with Shipping Wars.
Under his brown, hardened paper mache exterior, they say he felt he was on the cusp of something big — really big — but constantly being misidentified as “that Travelocity gnome” wore on his pysche and identity, especially as his counterpart grew more ubiquitous due to his mobility, advertising visibility and duffle-bag size. However Jerome’s close friends, colleagues and handlers tell a different story. He reportedly held a cold, hollow bitterness over just one season of stardom around his association with Shipping Wars.
At 700 lbs, Jerome continually battled weight issues, often getting passed over for kids birthday parties, used car lot openings and barmitzvahs for the more nimble and versatile clown, juggler or fortune teller.
All of us here at uShip will miss Jerome the Gnome.
This is how we want to remember him: