This isn’t going to end well: Minnesota’s City Pages dives deep into the Food Network lawsuit that threatened to sink Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives earlier this year. The story focuses on David Page. His production company originally developed the show for Food Network, and produced the eleven seasons before it unraveled and Food Network assumed control of the show. Of course, the interesting part is all the stories about the infighting that led to the change: Page paints Fieri as a childish egoist who needed protection from himself.
“You have to protect Guy from all of his poop jokes,” Page says. “Anytime any woman mentioned ‘cream,’ Guy went into a sexual riff. When cutting the show, you had to tell the editors to watch Guy’s eye line, because it’s always on breasts.”
Oh, but that’s not all Page has to say. He claims he once got a call, after Fieri had walked off a shoot: "Guy had decided that the two men running the restaurant were life partners … He said, ‘You can’t send me to talk to gay people without warning! Those people weird me out!’" So how’d they solve the problem? "[S]how researchers were required to note any indications of homosexuality detected during pre-interviews."
But it sounds like it maybe wasn’t all Guy’s fault. Food Network’s lawsuit against Page alleges he would call his co-workers things like pieces of shit and "one fucked up dumbass loser." Charming! Anyway, people don’t exactly deny that Page is tough to work with, so as you can imagine, the whole toxic relationship fell apart and now Page’s company no longer produces the show. That would have been the end of it, except now there’s this story, which we kind of hope continues to stoke the flames.
Update: A rep for Fieri passes along the following statement:
“Guy’s reputation speaks for itself. He’s a standup guy who does right by people. He would never make the kind of comments attributed to him in this story, and anyone who knows or has even met him knows that. That Mr. Page made these sadly desperate statements says more about him than it does about Guy or anyone on the Food Network team.”