Remember this past August, when Food Network sued David Page, the producer of Brochef Maximus Guy Fieri's Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, accusing Page of saying some very ugly things? The plot thickens today, as Minneapolis' City Pages pens a lengthy history of Page and the lawsuit, which includes some real gems about Fieri behind the scenes.
"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!'"
"[Fieri's team] were demanding tremendous research from my people, and pictures, but they didn't want to pay for them," Page says. "Guy said to me: 'You know, it's true: Jews are cheap.'"
Hoo boy! Fieri's team declined to comment on the paper's story, though remember, the reason this whole lawsuit came about is because "hot-headed" Page allegedly made working conditions so terrible that no one could stand to be near him. So, which is worse: an obnoxious, offensive chef, or a tyrannical TV producer? [via Eater]
UPDATE 3:00 p.m.: Guy Fieri's camp has released a statement about the story: "Guy’s reputation speaks for itself. He’s a standup guy who does right by people. He would never make the kind of comments attributed to him in this story, and anyone who knows or has even met him knows that. That Mr. Page made these sadly desperate statements says more about him than it does about Guy or anyone on the Food Network team." A source close to the show claims the Pages story was hardly fact-checked and full of "very basic errors." They added that Fieri's recently deceased sister was gay, his longtime business partner and close friend is Jewish, and point out that many of Fieri's crewmembers have stuck with him for years.This is getting really exciting now!