We began our inaugural week of Cocktails and Gossip with Anthony Bourdain - so who better to follow up with than another Food Network celeb he has been critical about - Guy Fieri?
Described as one of the "Ten things Anthony Bourdain and David Chang hate" Fieri has taken heat over the years for everything from being the second season winner of Next Food Network Star to rolling pork into rice and calling it sushi.
But the latest scuttlebut is far more damning because Fieri, a self proclaimed bad ass, is also rumoured to be sexist, racist, and homophobic.
According to David Page, the former creator of DDD in a piece titled Diners, Drive Ins, and Disasters - after the show ran a few seasons, its host became more and more demanding.
From the original article written by Gregory Pratt:
"As his star power grew, Fieri stopped returning Page's phone calls. When NBC hired Fieri to film the primetime game show Minute to Win It,
Guy started canceling shoots with Page. A posse of friends—a bawdy band
of homeboys with names like Gorilla, Kleetus, and Dirty P.—trailed Guy
everywhere, and his manager, Tom Nelson,
took to calling himself "the consigliore." The group became known as
the Garlic Mafia, and Fieri styled himself as the mob boss."
You have to protect Guy from all of his poop jokes," Page says.
"Anytime any woman mentioned 'cream,' Guy went into a sexual riff. When
cutting the show, you had to tell the editors to watch Guy's eye line,
because it's always on breasts."
Fieri also needed protection from homosexuals, or at least advance
warning. Early in the show's run, Page got a phone call from Fieri,
who'd just walked out of a restaurant in a huff.
"Guy had decided that the two men running the restaurant were life
partners," Page remembers. "He said, 'You can't send me to talk to gay
people without warning! Those people weird me out!'"
From then on, show researchers were required to note any indications
of homosexuality detected during pre-interviews.
It should also be noted that while I was doing research to put this together, the theme that Fieri can be rude and insensitive came up several times from a few different sources - however, I also read that he is driven, loyal to his friends, and was very successful in the restaurant industry long before Next Food Network Star - for this reason, I shy away from believing anything I read or see unless I'm actually privy to it in person.
Shows can be edited, disgruntled ex partners can say things, and in the court of popular opinion it is very easy to be convicted as guilty simply because someone said so.
And so, I'm wondering what others think?
Do these rumours hold any weight - and if they do, does it matter? If you found out tomorrow Guy Fieiri was every negative thing that has been said about him, would you still watch Diners, Drive Ins, and Dives?
In the meantime, how about a cocktail?
Today's recipe for Watermelon Vodka Mojitos can only be described as Just. That. Fabulous.
Click here for the printable recipe or visit my step by step how to video.
As always, have a happy Saturday!
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