Guy Fieri of 'Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives' called sexist, homophobic in profile
It's a weird, sordid world over on Food Network, and we get an inside peek into one Guy Fieri, host of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives with a piece by the Minneapolis-St. Paul alt publication City Pages, which said Fieri is a sexist, prejudiced egomaniac who kicked off the show's run by saying he needed to be warned any time he was going to interview gays. Why, because they'd (rightfully) make fun of his hair?
David Page, producer for the show, remembers getting a phone call from Guy early in the show's run after he had just stormed out of a restaurant. "Guy had decided that the two men running the restaurant were life partners," Page told City Pages. "He said, 'You can't send me to talk to gay people without warning! Those people weird me out!'" Researchers were then instructed to warn him of " any indications of homosexuality detected during pre-interviews," City Pages added.
Of course, this doesn't even go into how he'd often have to have his shots with women edited because his eye-line was "always on breasts," or how he and Page battled over jokes about mobsters leaving bodies in phone booths or how much he liked to make poop jokes. Sounds like it's been quite the battle of wills over there.
Fieri responded by saying the article, published Oct. 12, was full of "omissions, basic errors, and complete fabrications." He refused to be interviewed for the piece, but had his PR guy note, "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."
Well, since he was just in the area taping, we'll ask folks from Munch's in St. Pete or Tampa Bay Brewing Company, Taco Bus or California Tacos To Go in Tampa to let us know if that's true.