Mike Rowe can’t stand the nickname “Dirty Jobs” … he HATES Lee Jeans … and he’s suing mad — but he’s not Mike Rowe the TV star, it’s ANOTHER Mike Rowe, who happens to be an inmate at a South Dakota prison.
TMZ has learned … Mike Rowe (the prisoner) is SUING Mike Rowe (the celebrity) — claiming he copyrighted the name earlier this year and celebrity Rowe has no right to use it … but that’s just the beginning.
In the docs, Rowe (prisoner) gripes that his life behind bars is a living hell because of his name — insisting, “I can’t live here in prison without being called Dirty Jobs or … Dirtiest Man.”
He adds, “I am subject to this ridicule every day that I live.”
As far as the copyright claim goes — Rowe (prisoner) claims he has a major problem with celebrity Rowe’s endorsements — saying, “Lee Jeans states Mike Rowe wears Lee Jeans or [is] for them. I do not wear nor have ever worn Lee Jeans and further, I am not for them.”
Rowe claims he’s not a fan of Viva Towels either.
According to prison officials, Rowe is serving time for a DUI-related offense — but they wouldn’t reveal any more details.
TMZ called Mike Rowe (the celebrity) for comment — so far, no response.