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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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Can You Believe These Celebs Are Turning 50 This Year?

It can be easy to not see celebrities as actual people. The temptation to view actors and musicians as nothing more than their forever-young movie characters, song lyrics and magazine photos is all too real. But they are people – flesh and blood humans with very real ages. And as every year passes, they grow older, just like everyone else. The difference is they age in the entertainment spotlight, where bad angles and poor lighting can’t be avoided, yet somehow they seemingly manage to remain untouched by the sands of time. We’ve compiled a list of your favorite celebrities who are turning 50 in 2019. Warning: It might be hard to believe!

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Here’s Who Your Favorite ‘Game of Thrones’ Star Is Dating In Real Life

HBO fantasy epic Game of Thrones is best known as a show that brilliantly incorporates violence and drama into a complex plot line – and for killing off everyone’s favorite characters when they least expect it. But amid the chaos that consumes Westeros in this medieval fiction, there are some notable love stories: Jon Snow and Ygritte; Ned and Catelyn Stark; Jaime and Cersei Lannister – and more recently, Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen. But have you ever considered who the stars that play these characters are dating in real life? We’ve compiled a list, and you might find some of the pairings surprising.

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The Way They Were: Celebs Reflect on Relationships Past

They say hindsight is 20/20, and certainly it would seem that a little time and distance has given these celebs a little clarity when looking back on their past high profile relationships. Sure, in the moment everyone wants to play nice and no one is pointing any fingers, but after taking time to reflect, these stars are revealing what really went down in their relationship. Turns out making it work is hard, even in Hollywood. And breaking up in the spotlight seems to be even harder. Thankfully, years after all those hurt feelings have faded, there’s some lessons these A-listers would like you to learn.

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