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William769 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-14-11 12:00 PM
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Food Network's Guy Fieri on Gays: "Those people weird me out!"
Is this a case of a homophobic host whose image has been kept pristine by the wholesome Food Network, or a pissed-off producer who's getting revenge for being fired?

That's the looming question from a new City Pages article. The piece is about Guy Fieri, the boisterous, big spirited (and bodied) "guy's guy" host of the NBC game show Minute to Win It and Food Network's popular program Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. Each episode of "Triple D" as Fieri calls it, features the spiky-haired, rock 'n' roll chefwho got the hosting gig after winning the network's competition show The Next Food Network Star introducing three different down-home eateries. It's as all-American as you can get, but former Triple D producer and show creator, David Page, claims that things weren't as cool as Fieri portrayed on that show.

According to the article, Page's contract was recently renewed for a couple more seasons but then "Fieri stopped showing up for scheduled shoots. He canceled voice-over sessions. Page tried to herd his host, but Fieri wouldn't return the producer's calls. Then Food Network officials told Page they were taking the reins from him." Page remembers Food Network general manager Bob Tuschman, who himself is gay and was one of Out's 100 Most Eligible Bachelors, reportedly said Fieri "demanded" it.

Since then Page has sued the network for breach of contract, then Food Network did a counterclaim alleging that Page mistreated staff. So now Page is going public with all the crazy stuff Fieri did as his fame rose on the network. How the producers needed to teach Fieri tact in certain communities, tone down his poop jokes, stop his sexual riffs if a woman mentioned "cream," heard him make statements like "Jews are cheap," and watch his eye lines during editing because he was always checking out women's breasts.

http://www.gay.net/celebrities/2011/10/14/food-networks...
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meegbear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-14-11 12:02 PM
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1. That's cuz all the cubs and chubby chasers think he's hot ...
does nothing for me.
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William769 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-14-11 12:04 PM
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2. "That's cuz all the cubs and chubby chasers think he's hot"
Really? Not me! :puke:
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meegbear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-14-11 12:05 PM
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4. You a chubby chaser?
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William769 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-14-11 12:09 PM
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5. Never really thought about it that way.
His personality is what turned me off to him. About 50% of televison that I watch is Food Network. Looks like I'm going to have to keep up with this story & make a few inquires myself.
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Scuba Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-14-11 12:05 PM
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3. 'Cause nothing says "real man" like highlights in your perm. n/t
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EdMaven Donating Member (290 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-14-11 12:15 PM
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6. maybe a case of "thou dost protest too much"? i always figured *he* was gay.
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vi5 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-14-11 12:21 PM
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7. Ugh. What a tool....
As if I needed any more reason to hate this douche.
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kid shelleen Donating Member (361 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-14-11 01:03 PM
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10. + 10
Diner's etc would be waaay better without that obnoxious asshole. Yeah, the backwards shades and bowling shirts are soooo cool....NOT!
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vi5 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-14-11 01:05 PM
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11. Seriously...
His whole look and deal is like some bad, old, out of touch advertising guy's idea of what is "radical" or "extreme".

He's like the real life version of Poochy from the Simpsons.
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kid shelleen Donating Member (361 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-14-11 01:11 PM
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12. Poochy is spot on...LOL!
Don't forget his "bitchin'" Camaro. Oh how I'd love to slap his fat face.
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frylock Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-14-11 01:26 PM
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15. to the max!
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LeftofObama Donating Member (158 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-14-11 12:29 PM
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8. I always thought he tried way too hard
to "act" straight. I mean, come on, a refrigerator that looks like a race car, etc. :puke:
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closeupready Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-14-11 12:56 PM
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9. selfdelete
Edited on Fri Oct-14-11 12:58 PM by closeupready
delete
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urbuddha Donating Member (266 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-14-11 01:18 PM
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13. Bobby Flay is a Huge Homophobe
Bobby Flay is a HUGE Homophobe. That is well known amongst those familiar with him and The Food Network.
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sakabatou Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-14-11 01:29 PM
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17. Really?
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Puglover Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-16-11 07:50 AM
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24. Yeah I know.
"Some people say". :eyes:
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frylock Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-14-11 01:25 PM
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14. i think grown men that bleach there hair are weird..
Edited on Fri Oct-14-11 01:26 PM by frylock
but who am i to judge?
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sakabatou Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-14-11 01:29 PM
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16. You wanna know what weirds me out?
How his heart hasn't given out with all the shit he's been eating.
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Initech Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-15-11 06:27 PM
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21. True - I guess you could say the same for a lot of Food Network chefs, though.
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CurtEastPoint Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-14-11 03:11 PM
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18. THIS freak?
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Crowman1979 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-14-11 08:33 PM
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19. I just watch the cooking shows on PBS.
Ditched the cable a few months ago and never looked back.
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RetiredTrotskyite Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-15-11 12:00 PM
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20. Whatever. Guy Fieri Weirds ME Out.
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MNBrewer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-15-11 07:45 PM
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22. exactly!
I don't know if he's a homophobe or not, but the whole "celebrity foodie" thing is getting way old.

all their 15 minutes are over about half an hour ago.

From Guy to Nigella to the "Contessa" to Bobby Flay... Who cares!!!!

They're basically food porn stars. Why should we care one way or the other about anything they have to say other than recipes?
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tnlefty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-15-11 11:56 PM
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23. Damn, I lusted over that man's 'fridge and not because of the
Edited on Sat Oct-15-11 11:57 PM by tnlefty
NASCAR motif, but because of the room in that damned thing and the drawer that seemed to open up even when he had his hands full. I'll admit that I muted the sound on the teevee while listening to something else, Guy's Big Bite, and watching Triple D to see what people in other parts of the country were eating, but I didn't watch today.

And upthread someone mentioned that Bobby Flay is a raging homophobe...I don't feel too bad about the 2 times that I saw him beaten by the challenger on Iron Chef anymore. Good grief.
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WhollyHeretic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-17-11 12:54 PM
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25. I'm not sure where that poster is getting the Bobby Flay thing from. It could be true but I can't
find anything about it. I did see he is a supporter of Andrew Cuomo and the only political donation he has on record is to a Democrat.
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tnlefty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-20-11 01:18 AM
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26. I tried google, and I didn't come up with much of anything
Edited on Thu Oct-20-11 01:20 AM by tnlefty
either.

On a goofy note, my 'fridge croaked yesterday, so I may get a larger one yet, and if I can get Jimmy Buffett's permission I may have the Land Shark motiff painted on the to be repaired one(hopefully) that will be moved outside when the new one comes into the kitchen that better not quit on me dammit. (Sorry, just a moment of Roger from American Dad). LOL, for some reason I love Roger, even when he's being mean.
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