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'Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives' Creator Makes Fiery Anti-Guy Fieri Comments

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 17th 2011 1:50PM
Guy Fieri Diners Drive-ins and DivesNot everything on the 'Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives' set was happy and greasy. David Page, the ousted creator of the hit Food Network series, is speaking out and slamming host Guy Fieri's behavior.

In a new report, Page is claiming Fieri displayed some very bad behavior from sexism to homophobia. "Anytime any woman mentioned 'cream,' Guy went into a sexual riff," Page told City Pages. "When cutting the show, you had to tell the editors to watch Guy's eye line, because it's always on breasts."

It didn't stop there.

Fieri reportedly needed "advance warning" when working with homosexuals. Page said he once got a phone call from the host after he walked out of a restaurant.

"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!'" City Pages reports from then on show researchers had to note indications of homosexuality during the location screening process.

The two reportedly continued to clash on set, especially when it came to money.

Fieri authored several successful 'Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives' books and reportedly promised to "split" the proceeds with Page Productions. The company got nothing. Page said Fieri approached him asking to use some of the show's research material for the second book. However, the production company wasn't going to be paid. A source close to the show said Page's company was never going to be paid since the network owns the rights to the series and that Page and Fieri negotiating payment from the book would've never happened.

"They were demanding tremendous research from my people, and pictures, but they didn't want to pay for them," Page said. "Guy said to me: 'You know, it's true: Jews are cheap.'"

Page sued Food Network earlier in 2011, saying the network breached a contract. The network then filed a countersuit, saying Page violated his contract and mistreated his staff. Page was removed from the show after Season 11.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the disputes were settled in August 2011. Page's comments come in the wake of the settlement.

"Anyone who knows Guy knows he's not the type of person who would say either of these horrible things," a spokesman for Fieri told AOL TV. "He doesn't think that way, he doesn't speak that way. It's just not who he is."



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NapaFoodie

I agree, cancel is fat lard asshow. His restaurants in Santa Rosa California are disgusting anyway. He has no class and that is represented in his restaurants. Sonoma County has plenty of wonderful restaurants and plenty that are very gay friendly.

February 23 2012 at 11:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
MartinDawg75

If he is truly homophobic, I say cancel his lard eating show!!

October 18 2011 at 12:35 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
oralalex

I Always thot Guy Fieri's behavior was Homosexual! Not Kidding!

October 18 2011 at 12:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jdb100

Guy Fieri is the most offensive person on the Food Network and I have never understood how they could give him so much air time....no talent, no class and no ideas....what a total loser this guy is....he has "jerk" written all over him.

October 18 2011 at 12:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
doublejtrain68

Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives is probably my favorite show on the Food Network. Guy is very classy and enthusiastic for the places he goes, and he has a lot of fun doing it. Most of us would kill for his job. For the poster who said I'm surprised he doesn't weight 400 pounds, keep in mind that Guy just tastes the dishes the restaurants make — he doesn't eat all the food on the plate. Keep up the good work, Guy, and don't listen to the haters!

October 18 2011 at 11:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Matthew

Wow, it is truly amazing how fast some people hear one side of a story and take it as the truth. Guy has built himself a small empire over the last decade, and I seriously doubt NBC or the Food Network would open themselves up to possible lawsuits if he was honestly this way. People need to think before jumping on one side of a story. This David Page is slinging mud because he feels he didn't get his share of cash....

October 18 2011 at 11:13 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Riff Rafferty

Guy's Big Bite...of Sausage! Who is this chalupa think He is fooling. I heard he is back door slamming Aaron Sanchez.

October 18 2011 at 10:51 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Vondrazy

Weird him out? You're not serious! You can look at him and tell he likes men over women!

October 18 2011 at 10:26 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Riff Rafferty

LMFAO...I have always thought Guy was a Flamer.

October 18 2011 at 10:49 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
oralalex

I Always thot Guy Fieri's behavior was Homosexual! Not Kidding!

October 18 2011 at 12:25 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Patti

Guys ten minutes of fame was long over before now. The guy has two lines he says show after show after show. How many times can he say "Oh man this is money".

October 18 2011 at 10:06 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
proddilella

Best food show on TV. So what if he said it. What happend to freedom of speech!!! Your the best Guy!!!!
Paul Di Lella
Rochester NY

October 18 2011 at 9:44 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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rita

*I totally agree. I have noticed over the past 6 months or so that the food channel is trying out new people to mimic Guy's show and none of them so far even put a den't in his performance. Guy is a natural and very entertaining. The food channel should be grateful that he sticks with them. He could probably start his own thing. Keep on keeping on Guy!

October 20 2011 at 2:02 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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