Note to talent: Don't piss off the producer who made you a star!
Diner's Drive-Ins and Dives producer David Page is in the middle of an all-out verbal brawl with the long-running Food Network show's star, Guy Fieri, and some disturbing details have revealed to the press as a result!
Not only does Page paint Guy as a diva whose dirty jokes and boob stares need to be edited out of his segments for the show, he also asserts that the celebrity chef is severely homophobic!
According to the City Pages article on the feud:
"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!'"
The executive producer isn't the only source for these allegations either. Former field producer Kari Kloster confirms that Fieri made the odd demand about gay guests and researchers were required to note indications of homosexuality during pre-interviews.
Of course, Guy's people (which include an entourage of friends with names like Gorilla, Kleetus, and Dirty P.) had nothing to say on the subject.
To add insult to injury, it's not just the gays that Guy doesn't like.
During a confrontation between Guy and David Page, in which the diva chef asked for Page's employees to do research for his second book about the series, the producer recalls:
"They were 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.'"
Once again. Wow!
Tags: antisemitism, celebrity chef, diner-039s drive ins and dives, dirty jokes, food newtork, guy fieri, homophobic, interview