Quotable: Is “Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives” Star Guy Fieri A Lech & A Bigot?
“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. … Guy had decided that the two men running the restaurant were life partners. He said, ‘You can’t send me to talk to gay people without warning! Those people weird me out!’ … [Guy was] demanding tremendous research from my people, and pictures, but they didn’t want to pay for them. Guy said to me: ‘You know, it’s true: Jews are cheap.'””
— Producer David Page rips into Guy Fieri, the wackadoodle-haired “Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives” star, in a cover story exposé in City Pages magazine. Page hired Fieri, a chef, to host the Food Network show, which became a runaway hit. But as his former producer tells it, Fieri ogled women and openly made bigoted comments about gays and Jews.
These incidents do sound very specific. But it’s worth noting that Page was booted from the Food Network recently and sued then in May for breach of contract, so this could be sour grapes talking. Fieri has responded to the article and denied he made the offensive remarks. [CityPages]
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