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Dig In! Food Network Personalities Who Brought Controversy To The Network

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Since November 22,1993, The Food Network has been delivering some glorious shows about your favorite foods. Behind the scenes, several of their hosts have been in troubling situations. As expected, the network’s reputation has been on the line during these times. These five personalities managed to deliver some insane controversies over the years.

Discriminating Employees

Before landing it big on the channel, Anne Burrell was working as a chef at Centro Vinoteca. In 2009, several female employees filed a lawsuit for discrimination on the host. Burrell fired these women after they stood up to her about their treatment. The case was eventually settled outside of court.

Nick Tininenko

Zakarian’s Major Lawsuit

Just as Geoffrey Zakarian was thriving after winning Iron Chef: Super Chefs, reality struck hard. Months after winning the competition in 2011, he was sued by previous employees from his old restaurant, Country. They claimed he didn’t pay them for overtime and made up pay records. Zakarian was forced to file for bankruptcy due to the huge cost of fighting the case in court.

Michael Loccisano

A Shocking Departure

In a 2017 episode of Iron Chef Showdown, Bobby Flay shocked the network when he revealed a shirt reading, “This is my last Iron Chef battle ever!” While it was edited out for TV, news of this incident surfaced online. Flay admits that it wasn’t the best way to announce his departure. “[Food Network] said to me, ‘Why didn’t you tell us?,’ and I was like, ‘I didn’t tell anyone. That’s the whole point, that it’s a surprise!,’” he told People.

Grub Street

Seeing Through The Lies

Robert Irvine had the job of a lifetime as a host of Dinner Impossible. Unfortunately, some questionable things on his resume turned his world upside down. Irvine admitted to lying about being a chef for U.S. presidents and working on Princess Diana and Prince Charles’ wedding cake. Fortunately, the network was forgiving and allowed him back on the show.

Neilson Barnard

No Wish Granted

Celebrities go out of their way to be a part of the Make A Wish foundation. Ina Garten, who hosts Barefoot Contessa, made the mistake of turning down a child. She didn’t do it once, though. She managed to turn down the same kid on two occasions. She invited the kid on her show as an apology, but he changed his mind.

Evan Agostini

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These Celebrity Doppelgangers From The Past Have Us Seeing Double

Time travel is a mystifying concept. Much like the idea of extraterrestrial life, it has captured the human imagination for as long as we have existed. Today, it’s at the forefront of famous movie plots, most famously ‘Back to the Future,’ and pops up in late-night conversations about the universe and meaning of life. As of now, scientists have not been able to confirm whether traveling through time is possible, and though there isn’t any kind of hard evidence that proves human beings can time travel, these photos of celebrities alongside what appear to be them in other time periods will sure make you wonder.

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Is It Even Christmas If You Haven’t Seen Die Hard Yet?

The Holiday Season is upon us and you know what that means – time to watch Die Hard! Your televisions and movie theaters are probably already flooded with cheesy Christmas movies, and the radio is just Mariah Carey’s “All I want For Christmas Is You,” but there’s one thing that we can all agree on, Die Hard is a perfect piece of holiday cheer. We know the debate has raged on for nearly 30 years: Is Die Hard a Christmas movie? We’ve done the leg work (watched Die Hard so many times we’ve lost count) and we have the definitive answer. Yippee ki-yay it’s Die Hard season!

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Black Friday Inspiration: The Most Bizarre Celebrity Purchases

Black Friday is just around the corner, with plenty of deals gearing up the holiday season. Though most of us are excited to save on big purchases, these celebrities thought money was no issue for their grandiose purchase. Instead of following these five celebrities' lead on Black Friday, you'll hopefully end up with some cash still in your pocket after the shopping...

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