“Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” chow hound Guy Fieri is being accused of homophobia and sexism by a disgruntled former producer.
In an interview with an alternative newspaper in Minneapolis, producer David Page said Fieri is uncomfortable around gay couples. And, said Page, Fieri has a breast fixation.
The interview in the paper known as “City Pages” was picked up by the New York Post, which reported on it here.
Apparently, in the process of filming his Food Network show — nicknamed “Triple D” — Guy has a penchant for sexual innuendo. The spur-of-the-moment comments might even be considered lewd by some, but they wind up on the cutting room floor.
“You have to protect Guy from all of his poop jokes,” said Page, who is described in the Post story as the creator of “Triple D.”
“Anytime any woman mentioned ‘cream,’ Guy went into a sexual riff,” Page said. “When cutting the show, you had to tell the editors to watch Guy’s eye line, because it’s always on breasts.”
In case you’re unfamiliar with “Triple D,” it’s the show in which the spiky-haired chef travels the country in a classic 1960s Camaro visiting independent, iconoclastic local restaurants. While there, he joshes with the chef/owners and enthusiastically samples their most individualistic creations and praises their ingenuity.
But Page alleges in the Minneapolis newspaper that Guy’s not comfortable in kitchens run by gay life partners. Page said Guy complained to him about one restaurant because the owners were gay. “Guy had decided that the two men running the restaurant were life partners,” Page said. “He said, ‘You can’t send me to talk to gay people without warning! Those people weird me out!’ ”
The Post story points out that Page was “forced out” as producer of “Triple D” last May. The story also says there’s been bad blood between Fieri and Page for quite some time.
Our take: Sure, it’s certainly spicy to learn what goes on behind the scenes at one of our favorite food shows. But the real scandal would be if any of these off-color comments about “poop” or breasts actually were aired. Since they don’t make the final cut, though, we think such comments are just part of the production process, as Guy struggles to find the right things to say while standing in a restaurant kitchen with his mouth full of food.
OK, so Guy says some inappropriate things while filming “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” — that’s what editors are for, right?