Q: What happened to the show "Billy the Exterminator"?

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Adam Thomlison / TV Media

You can't give me a setup like this and expect me not to take it: "Billy the Exterminator" was exterminated.

Credit is due to A&E, which stuck by the show through some tough times, airing and promoting the sixth season in the fall of 2012, after Billy was arrested on drug charges in the summer.

Of course, the season would have been filmed by that point, so it would have cost the network a fair bit of money not to air it. And it did prove to be the show's last season.

But still, the network never truly distanced itself from him. As of this past January, it was still promoting the show -- now the fact that all six seasons are available online.

The drug charges weren't particularly severe. He was arrested in the summer of 2012 for possession of synthetic marijuana and drug paraphernalia. He pleaded guilty in 2013 to the possession charge, and was given a year's worth of probation and a fine.

Vexcon Animal and Pest Control, Billy's family business that was featured on the show, is still going strong in Louisiana, and it's launched a new web-based TV show on YouTube, "Vexcon the Exterminators." It's a similar format to the A&E show, but it only features Billy's brother Ricky -- the company's website says Billy has retired from the business.


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