Thursday, July 5
Dave Lieberman may not be returning to Food Network.
I'm still waiting to confirm this with Food Network, but I've already read statements both here (referred to as a "former Food Network host") and here (Bourdain's blog) that indicate he will not be returning to Food Network. Boo.
I have been a big supporter of Dave all along and still think he's one of the most exciting personalities on the network. His work on both of his online series was entertaining, informative and actually really funny. It'd be pretty sad if he truly never returned to the network.
Perhaps his somewhat odd behavior back in February at the Food Network South Beach Wine and Food Fest had something to do with this? This was where Dave suggested Martha Stewart may have had a lesbian encounter while in prison, talked about how "skanky" the girls dressed in Miami, and said people only like Paula Deen because she talks way more than she cooks. Hmmm....
Or perhaps his affiliation with the network was already over by that point.
I may be stressing over this a bit much, as Food Network has a history of letting its stars live on in reruns for years to come (Sara Moulton). Since it doesn't have a regular "season" of new shows (like NBC, CBS, ABC, etc.) it can sneakily get by with not airing new episodes for a while and slowly letting certain shows drift away (Jamie Oliver).
What do you think? I know Dave has this mayonnaise gig, but I'd still live to see him on my TV screen.