Wednesday, June 13
It turns out JAG might have "jagged up" everything from his culinary training to whether or not he actually served as a corporal in Afghanistan.
While he originally said he graduated from the New York Restaurant School, his bio on FN now says he simply "attended." He's pulling a little Sandra Lee action! All her bios say she "trained at the Cordon Bleu" which we now know was a 2-week course that she didn't even attend in its entirety.
From the MCT:
“He attended, but did not graduate,” said Midge Elias, director of public relations at the school, now known as the Art Institute of New York City. Privacy rules prevent the school from releasing any further information, such as number of course hours completed or whether the former Marine used the GI Bill to help finance his training, as he claimed in multiple interviews.
Okay, that in and of itself isn't a crime, but just say that you attended and didn't graduate!
In what's a little more troubling, there seems to be no record of JAG going to fight in Afghanistan.
"... the service has no record of Garcia ever deploying to Afghanistan, and certainly not as a member of 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, the infantry unit Garcia said he accompanied to the war zone in 2002. In fact, Marine officials at the battalion’s home at Camp Lejeune, N.C., said the unit did not deploy to Afghanistan that year."
According to the MCT, when JAG was confronted about this, he said he simply let the producers "believe what they wanted to believe."
Okay, that's shady. And not to mention incredibly disrespectful to the thousands of people actually serving overseas.
JAG tries to cover the holes of his story up by saying there was a "big hazing scandal" that prevents him, or the U.S. Military, from discussing the specifics of his record.
What's makes this story so important to both JAG himself and the viewers is that, unlike many reality shows, the Next Food Network Star does not select a winner until the public votes, despite taping the majority of the episodes months ago.
JAG could conceivably be, unbeknownst to us, in the final two right now just waiting for that vote. The judges and editors could have already crafted a show that primes us to vote for him. Lots of people could be screwed here.
I wonder if this story will get much attention, or will people just pass this off as another reality show contestant embellishing their life with the hopes of being cast.