Apr 6, 2009

Did You Know?

Okay, so awhile back Food Network fired Robert Irvine from the show Dinner: Impossible. It came out that Irvine had lied and/or exaggerated about his past work experiences. Food Network doesn't like that sorta thing. They feel that when they put "talent" on their network, that these folks should be trusted by the audience, and lying on your resume undermines that trust.

Now, I know this desire to maintain integrity on the network is important because when contestant Joshua Adam Garcia aka "JAG", removed himself from the Next Food Network Star competition, because he lied on his resume, the network execs quickly took his resignation. Moreover, they gave him the little speech about having talent on their network that can be trusted.

So the rules change. Robert Irvine is coming back for a new season of Dinner: Impossible. Food Network spokeswoman Carrie Welch said in a written statement.

"Our audience has continued to demonstrate its interest in and support for Robert," Welch said. "He has taken responsibility and made a conscious effort to clear the air, rebuild the relationship with Food Network and apologize for the earlier inaccuracies."

I guess good ratings that lead to higher advertising dollars trumps integrity and policy. I get really uneasy when I see rules get changed for some and not for others. I tend to think that it's unfair to have that sorta practice in place.

I wonder if Food Network is thinking about letting JAG have a second chance to do his thing. The man is talented and passionate about what he does. If Irvine can have a chance to redeem himself, to keep things fair, perhaps JAG should be allowed another go at it.


Bob said...

You can throw integrity and honor by the wayside if money and ratings come your way.
Kinda sad to have a policy and only stick to it when it suits your best interest!

Anonymous said...

So true Allan! Not to be a blog promoter, but when they "fired" him, I created a word for it because I knew he'd be back eventually.

fake firing: this is when someone noted does something incredibly stupid that forces their firing by a major conglomerate, who then waits a little while only to hire that person back after they apologize for their transgression (ie, "Dog the Bounty Hunter")

Wonder Man said...

I didn't know about that

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