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What Wife Swap's 'Bacon Is Good For Me' Boy Is Up To Now

What Wife Swap's 'Bacon Is Good For Me' Boy Is Up To Now

Ever find yourself wondering what happened to King Curtis? The sassy kid's chicken-nugget-loving ways led to an epic showdown on the US version of Wife Swap and thus a viral star was born.

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But despite the worldwide acclaim he received for his hilarious appearance, turns out being an internet star isn't quite as glamorous as you might think.

To refresh your memory, when he appeared on the show back in 2009, Curtis Holland clashed with his replacement mum, fitness instructor Joy Brown. In particular, his statements about fast food - notably, 'chicken nuggets is like my family' and 'bacon is good for me' - had viewers in stitches.

Although Joy wanted Curtis to ditch his unhealthy snacks in favour of fruit and veg, the self-titled 'King' of the house was having none of it, throwing out lines like: "I don't wanna be skinny, I wanna be fat and happy." Hear, hear.

To this day, King Curtis' face pop ups on social media platforms, appearing on hundreds of gifs. He's also the subject of numerous YouTube mixes.

And while you might remember such magical moments as if they graced your screens this week, it's been well over a decade since then - meaning he's now 18 years old. Wut!?

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In 2015, a 14-year-old Curtis posted an update on his life to YouTube. Credit: Curtis Holland / YouTube
In 2015, a 14-year-old Curtis posted an update on his life to YouTube. Credit: Curtis Holland / YouTube

If you're wondering what he's up to now, you're not the only one. Back in 2015, Pretty Little Liars actress Lucy Hale asked where King Curtis ended up, to which he responded with a YouTube video video updating the fans on his life.

Explaining that he was approached to film a pilot for a reality series in 2010, Curtis added that no networks picked it up, saying: "Call the networks if you want to see the show" - Netflix, you reading this?

He also mentions a GoFundMe page to raise money for his own muscle car, although he took down the page not long after.

Fast forward to 2017, and Curtis admitted he had no desires of being a famous star. In fact, other than a brief yet lauded appearance on Pawn Stars, he continues to live a modest life and, at the time, was learning to become a welder.

He told the New Statesman: "A lot of people say well why don't you just get up with a bacon company and do commercials or something... I mean I wouldn't mind doing that if they came and asked me."

The King was unable to make much money from his viral stardom, claiming he made just $150 (£115) thanks to his YouTube update video.

He said: "All the other stuff like the 'Bacon is good for me' songs, they've [the creators] made $75,000 and that's a lot of money putting away."

King Curtis appeared on Pawn Stars when he was 14. Credit: History
King Curtis appeared on Pawn Stars when he was 14. Credit: History

When asked if he felt disappointed at how things turned out, Curtis replied: "I mean it don't annoy me because it ain't my fault; it's nobody's fault in the situation. They found a way around the system."

But it's not all bad - to this day Curtis is recognised on the streets by the fans, something which outweighs the bad for the bacon-loving lad.

He added: "If I can go up to somebody and make their day and make them smile, I feel like I've done a great thing."

So, what's next for the internet royalty? He might've dipped out of the limelight for now, but that's not to say we're not craving an update - King Curtis vs Joy Brown Wife Swap reunion, anyone?

Featured Image Credit: ABC/Paramount

Topics: TV and Film, viral news, US Entertainment

Daisy Phillipson

Daisy is a UK-based freelance journalist with too many opinions. She loves everything film and music-related and has a track record writing for Little White Lies, BWRC, and Film Daily. Contact her at [email protected]

 

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