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Monday, July 16

JAG Bows Out

I waited until the morning to post about JAG's resignation so I could see what kind of comments came in. While the majority of viewers seem to think JAG is entertaining, his ability to hold up an entire shows seems to still be in question. Also, many comments don't show much sympathy for JAG.

"His lies are what got him on the show. He had to know that the lies were going to come out. What a mess."

"Why would you say all that stuff when you know that people can check it out. I now consider him a horrible disgrace to the U.S. for lying about going overseas. What really makes me mad is that the network let him "resign" instead of kicking his butt off the show. After the lie he told, he doesn't deserve to be treated with any respect. The show is now completely contaminated."

"What a poseur. Earlier in the show he was mentioning how he doesn't want to bring up the past, I guess because it's made up. Made up like the so called Caribbean elements in his cooking. Beyond just being honest, at least have some sense. He's on a public forum, mentioning service in 2 currently ongoing and hotly debated wars. He expects no one will check? Excellent job representing the latinos on food network! Also, kudos to Food Net. on the background check."

There are some supporters out there, too:

"Seriously people, give the guy a break. I don't think anybody out there is innocent of fluffing up one's resume to land a choice job. Now throw into the mix that the reporter took liberties with his "Service during" and what did you expect from the guy?"

"George Bush was a crackhead and a drunk before he became president, Bill Clinton lied about his past while he was president and he was impeached. We forgave both of them. JAG made a mistake one that does not even come close to what our last two presidents have done with their lives. Come on people, cut the man some slack!"

"Jag is being victimized and Food Network is showing bad form by trying to cheaply gain ratings off of this sensationalism."

Some people seem to be confused about the order of events. The show was filmed early this year (it's cold out in many episodes and I seem to remember hearing the contestants went to the Food & Wine fest back in Feb).

The Marine Corps Times broke the story on June 13, which was "several months" after the filming of last night's episode. When JAG didn't clear things up in a press conference, Food Network investigated further.

I don't claim to know whether or not Josh actually said he deployed to Afghanistan or if he truly graduated from culinary school. In last night's resignation, he claimed he told the producers both of these things. I don't see JAG as the kind of person to be coerced into saying he lied just to "save face."

I do tend to agree, however, that JAG was probably asked to resign. I think we have a little STAR JONES situation going on here. Except this one turned out the way Barbara Walters had hoped it would with Star.

It's true that his military service shouldn't influence his performance on the show. It is a "food" show after all, right?

This logic does not hold true for people in the public eye, though. Sometimes this works to our advantage (e.g.- we wouldn't want a child molester serving as president, regardless of whether or not that crime would affect the way she did her job), which in turn can work to the disadvantage of the person in question.

It's even true that his graduation from culinary school shouldn't affect his ability to perform well on this show or on the Food Network. The network prides itself on its ability to connect with the "home cook" and its biggest stars are not trained chefs.

The fact is, Josh misrepresented himself and he had to be removed from the competition. Even if no "bad press" came from this situation, JAG would still have the characterization of someone who does not tell the truth. His inability discuss himself or his past last night only made him look even more closed off. And the Food Network does not want that in a host.

Bad press would definitely come out if JAG were to win at this point. And with the decision not resting in the network's hands, they simply had to remove him. That is a liability that you do not take on with a new host and not simply a cheap attempt to "bow to sensationalism" or to capitalize on a scandal for ratings.

Also, some people seem to have this rosy impression that if JAG were to have a show, he'd only be judged on his cooking ability and that "this situation should have no merit" on his ability to host. Ummm... who on the Food Network is judged this way? No one.

The host is the show and everything that comes with that person. And as JAG progressed, I think it probably occurred to him that he couldn't get by on being private or trying to focus on "who he is now."

What makes people so interested in people like Paula Deen and Rachael Ray is that they have interesting and, yes, flawed pasts. Their history and personality are just as much a part of their shows as the food.

So, I think the Food Network made the right decision in asking JAG to resign/accepting JAG's resignation. Misrepresentation cannot be tolerated on any level and JAG should have been up front about everything. Now we'll just have to wonder what would have happened if he had been truthful from the beginning.

How'd you think it went down?

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At 7/16/2007 10:57 AM , Anonymous Harry Martin said...

Honestly, I am surprised he lasted this long. FN has a penchant for "warm and fuzzy" hosts with whom the TV watchers can view as friends,

JAG's name was affected, his catch-phrase was affected, his history was affected, but in the end, it's his personality that was gonna kill him off.


At 7/16/2007 11:04 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not saying what he did was ok, but many who have been in the military feel guilty when they serve at wartime and don't go to war so they allow people to think they did or even lie about it themselves. JAG was having crisis after crisis over his identity (Jagging it up vs home chef) and personal issues the entire show, but he was still my favorite and I feel bad for him.

At 7/16/2007 11:08 AM , Anonymous AJ said...

The bottom line is anytime you hire someone to work for you, you want to know that you can trust that person. Honesty is number one in any kind of relationship. It is important to FN as employers and equally important to the viewers -both of which he'd have a relationship with. If you can't trust someone then its difficult to have a relationship with that person. Eventually this would have been a nightmare for FN once the public learned of his past. One begins to wonder if there are anymore lies. But... FN is partly to blame. Why didn't they do their homework and investigate the contestants history prior to the contest?! Shame on FN for allowing this to all happen.

Further shame, JAG is right on one thing... hello FN get a CLUE - latinos (and all other cultures) are very poorly represented on this network!!! Forget the Columbian tart! I refuse to watch another show that feels like it's missing a stripper pole. Clearly, FN's trying to appeal to a younger audience to obtain more ratings. Come on, stop being lazy and show some diversity on your network!

At 7/16/2007 11:20 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

All I have to say is I am going to miss JAG!! I was not expecting the resignation and I knew he was not going to win because he is not what they "looking for". It is what it is, sad to say.

At 7/16/2007 11:52 AM , Blogger Mark said...

I think that JAG was the one FN was looking for was what made him to the final 2. After watching all the episodes, I just don't understand what the competitions are for. JAG was not comfortable in front of the camera the whole time, failed in the Iron Chef challenge, and he made it to the final 2!

At 7/16/2007 11:57 AM , Blogger Gregory said...

I totally do not get the reason Jag came that far, it totally seems like an agenda on behalf of the FN people, maybe they wanted that Latin fusion show or something. Again and again, they let him go forward despite the fact that:
1) He appeared to have major emotional problems, he was a hothead, had a reputation of blaming others for his mistakes, was very volatile and had a bad temper
2) They said again and again he had the farthest to go in terms of being a media personality, Paul and Amy were 1000 times better on camera, yet Jag was placed ahead of them
3) According to his blog, he seems to have a wife or a partner and even a son but I never even heard of him mentioning them even briefly
He was unwilling to share his past and his private life, even Suzie said it's hard to force that out of him. That is not a good mix for a Food Network personality at all, it's all about the spouse, the family, the person's history, JAG wanted to offer none of that

So given those 3 big reasons, why did they continue to advance him? Why?

And now we find out he is completely dishonest. The military thing IS a big deal. Like many people, I do not approve of the reasons for the war but I feel our troops desire the highest respect and support possible. Having someone who fakes his military creds is a huge public relations disaster for FN. Remember the episode when they cooked at the base and the military guys were impressed with Jag's military history? That had to go over real well.
And then lying about his culinary experience? Um, other contestants on the show had the balls to say they were simply home cooks, as did Reggie last year and they got pretty far.

Bottom line: The guy was emotionally unstable, not good on camera, seemingly hard to work with, changeable from day to day and very dishonnest. Why they chose him over Amy or Paul I don't know. Even if his cooking is slightly better, god knows they have weeks and months to start planning menus to do fail-safe recipes. Paul or Amy could do it easily.

At 7/16/2007 12:01 PM , Blogger Gregory said...

And if I may add. I knew something was up the minute they premiered that Simply Delicioso show. Two Latin-fusion themed shows? I think not. It's almost as if it happened at just the same time JAG said FN was not interested in doing a Latin-themed show.
Oh and what a slam to Bobby Flay to say his favorite FN show is Iron Chef Japanese Version. It's mine too but maybe not the best thing to say when your judge is on the other show.

At 7/16/2007 12:32 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with Gregory. Why did Amy do a decent job in all of the challenges (and was the best, according to the judges, in some of them), and yet they originally picked Jag to stay instead of her??? Doesn't seem right, especially when earlier in the season they essentially flat-out told him, "We get to pick who we work with, and we don't want to work with someone as hotheaded as you."

I also don't get why Rory is still there either, but that's another post.

Vote for Amy!! She's the one who should win (although if Paul was still in it, I would definitely have picked him!).

At 7/16/2007 12:48 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shame on the Food Network for not doing enough homework on their contestants. I mean, Jag is a complete tool, but you can't put all of the blame on him for this mess.

At 7/16/2007 12:49 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would love for the Food Network to also include a voting option for Jag, to see who actually wins...

I vote for Jag... let the ppl choose out of the three of them.

Everyone lies!!

At 7/16/2007 12:52 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why not just let the voters decide? In fact, why can't viewers vote after each episode? I'm offended that I'm robbed of a voice.

With training, I'm sure JAG would've made a great host. I could care less about the military stuff--unlike the groupthink, I don't worship that. Think of how many in public office constantly embellish and spin, and it has REAL dire consequences, and yet they are not held accountable.

Why not forgive someone who apologizes for something so minor, something that has neither caused death or unemployment? Again, why not just let voters decide?

Since I'm robbed of a voice, I'm neither voting for the final two, or watching the results episode, or watching the winner's show.

If I was in the position, I'd offer JAG a show, just to stick it to the naysayers.

At 7/16/2007 1:02 PM , Blogger Mark said...

The current system may still be better. If we're allowed to vote every episode, Adrien will definitely win although he can't cook. XD

At 7/16/2007 1:26 PM , Blogger amanda said...

are people really going to watch one of those girls? REALLY? i don't think so.

At 7/16/2007 1:32 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jag has creeped me out since Day 1. Something about him is off. I am sure there is more in his past tha these two lies. The guy obviously has issues.

I was floored when he made the final 2. He is awful on camera, I mean every time, and my recollection of the season was his food wasnt that good.

The only thing I can figure is the Network people decided they wanted Rory to win to the choose Jag to ensure her success

At 7/16/2007 2:35 PM , Anonymous Erica said...

I am also STUNNED that they chose Amy over JAG. I couldn't believe it, something seems suspicious. I would have gotten rid of him a long time ago for the reasons others have mentioned. I am not particularly drawn to any of the contestants actually, this year seemed to be weak in that respect.

At 7/16/2007 2:49 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeah, i really didn't understand how jag kept advancing. maybe he just made for good ratings (?) i thought he was very contradictory and inconsistent with a lot of things. i'd be really curious to know what went on w/the producers and exec's, what they were thinking and how they made their decisions...

At 7/16/2007 3:14 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well...I won't watch Food Network again. They are all about flash and glitz rather than what it's supposed to be about - THE COOKING!

Susie Fogelson and Bob Tuschman are IDIOTS. They both need to be fired.

At 7/16/2007 3:24 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

JAG is the man!

At 7/16/2007 5:45 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry but you get fired if you "embellish" (LIE) your resume at my place of employment -- why should Jag get special treatment? He made the decision -- he is accountable, end of story.
That said, it was such a crock that he made it into the final 2 with his worst 2 or 3 performances over the past few episodes. I would not watch Jag on the network anyway. Amy is growing on me, mainly because I think she was hosed in favor of Jag until his poor choices caught up with him.

At 7/16/2007 6:13 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are all racist!!

You cannot handle a Latino contestant to be better than all those silly other half chefs....

It is not truth he was bad in fron tof cameras....Come on !! someone who is bad never will be so good with an audience as he demonstrated in Rachel's show.

In fact, to be honest, FODDNETWORK doesn't have any interest in Latinos......since they have recorded all these episodes a long time ago...and this Latino "discussion appeared" what a coincidence they are hiring a latino host Ingrid hoffman???...weird? ..right now FN is kind of shutting up everybody's mouth !!

Well, talking about marketing and show....this show is about being efficient in the kitchen and great on camaras!! And he showed up he is great !! ....

He doesn't need a degree , neither a great background in military.......We are punishing someone who is lying like everybody else....FN is just getting rid off someone who they couldn't eliminate before...because they are so racist...that even the french chef is having a show at 4 am in the morning.......this channel is all about americans (with really no food culture....and italians....mario batali giada.... bla bla bla ...looks like Food networks dream is becoming italians!!!....

Stop being racist and bring back Jag !!!....he proved he is the perfect replacement for Emeril !!!

At 7/16/2007 6:46 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry, that's a crock. Had any one of them lied about graduating from cooking school, I would have had a problem with him or her. Had any one of them told the double lie about serving in the military and lied about culinary credentials, I'd say get rid of him or her, nothing racist about it.
Yes, Food Network does not have enough Latinos. They had that Juan Carlos Cruz guy but he did low fat stuff, not Latino food. But for that matter, they really don't have African American chefs, Asian chefs etc. It is a very white crowd.
But that does not justify what Jag did. He lied about it. Had he come out and said, "I did a few cooking courses but didn't graduate" or even "I'm a home cook" no one would mind but he did that and THEN went onto a military base and gave people the wrong impression. You don't need degrees but a) You have to be a bit more open about your personal life and b) You can't misrepresent who you are. It has nothing to do with his being Latino. I would love a Latino-themed show, just not with this guy.

And even though he did well on Rachel Ray, many people feel Amy and Rory did better. There were many times when we say him NOT doing well in front of the camera. The judges noticed this several times.

At 7/16/2007 6:50 PM , Blogger elyse said...

Anonymous 6:13 PM - comparing JAG to Emeril Lagasse is like comparing a Yugo to a Rolls-Royce. It's about integrity. It doesn't matter whether or not JAG is best in the kitchen, because he represented himself as something he is not. The Food Network made the right decision when they accepted his resignation. Now, on to the remaining two: they proved in the Fort Dix challenge that they're better together than individually, so I think they should both be the Next Food Network Star.

At 7/16/2007 6:56 PM , Anonymous AJ said...

The program was recorded months ago, you can paint anyone in a bad light or make someone look good with a snip of this and a snip of that. It's obvious they were painting JAG badly after the fact because FN screwed up and didn't do a proper background check -- not to mention he lied to promote himself by using the death of our soldiers over seas. How disgusting. The whole Next FN Star contest if a sham -- I'll never ever waste time watching it again. I'm not even sure I'll ever watch FN channel. Take a look at MTV, the whole premise of the channel is to cover music and they hardly do that anymore. Guess what direction FN will soon be headed in. FN has forgotten that the minority in the US is not a minority anymore. Wake and smell the coffee.

At 7/16/2007 7:12 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I didn't like the guy from day one. He was uncomfortabel in front of the camera and tried to cover it up by either being a loudmouth or trying to get everyone's sympathy. Every single epiosode I was hoping they would can him, yet no matter how badly he failed, they carried him through. The sad part is that with his lies he gained the admiration from the viewers and the judges who always had this on the back of their minds. Riding the show on lies other HONEST competitors were kicked off. He felt fake to me and in the end my gut feeling was right.

At 7/16/2007 7:25 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Food Network was actually lucky to have an unstaged twist in the end of the show. Good for ratings and no real harm done.

And I just thought I'd comment on something else...

" (e.g.- we wouldn't want a child molester serving as president, regardless of whether or not that crime would affect the way she did her job)"

Yeah... I agree, but why do you say "she"? Just thought that was odd. Especially since we haven't had a female president and usually women aren't child molesters that often. You probably should have said "they" or "he or she". Just thought I'd point it out.

At 7/16/2007 7:53 PM , Blogger Amy said...

Ditto everything Gregory said. I don't want to beat a dead horse.

I just don't see Amy or Rory being very successful with a show. They both seem like nice girls, but will anyone actually give a crap about what they're cooking? We'll see.

Then again, none of the Next FN Star winners have been incredibly successful. Eh?

At 7/16/2007 8:03 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

It takes brass balls to make a claim like that. I'm really disappointed to see a contestant to make a sleezy mistake.

It's a terrible sin but a forgivable sin...he's just a kid. Don't lynch him. Believe me....HE LEARNED the hard way.

Let's all learn from this and move on.

At 7/16/2007 8:33 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Color me unsurprised as to the unfolding of these events. Gregory's got it all right. Jag always seemed shady and strangely tight-lipped about his past, not to mention he's got some sort of deep-seated issues regarding father figures (re: the Iron Chef challenge where he was bawling saying that all the criticism of his food reminded him of father telling a son that he's no good). Well, Jag was always bad news. How the FN people didn't see that, I don't know. Maybe they wanted to add that element of "when is Jag going to get out of this competition 'cause he's so freaking annoying." But none of this excuses the fact that FN kind of sold out this season. What happened to all the demos, the food tastings, and more importantly, the mock-pilot episode that we were supposed to judge the finalists on?

At 7/16/2007 8:35 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's sort of obvious how it really went down. Jag said some negative things about the Food Network "not being interested" in Latinos. Don't mess with white people like this. That's the lesson here.

Let's say that the Food Network really did find out Jag's lies after they had selected him in the final two. They could have saved Jag's national reputation by just retaping the last part of the last show, and just choosing Amy and Rory.

But Bob and the other network chick were far more vindictive than this. They screwed Jag as much as possible. There was no need to burn him nationally like that.

The mistake that Jag made, was that he spoke too strongly about Latinos on a white network. Like the press chicks said, you have to be very positive at all times. That means not pointing out that every single food network star is white (other than Ingrid, who looks white anyway).

Wonder what would have happened to Jag, if Jag had been very supportive of white people. Lesson learned here - Food Network is full of a bunch of very racist white people, and don't mess with them.

At 7/16/2007 10:55 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

While I don't think "whites were trying to screw Latinos" like the Anonymous above me said, this person does bring up a point:

On last night's show, why did they make it sound like Amy was going to be the one staying instead of Jag? I think one of the judges said something to her like, "Which kind of finalist are you going to be?" So it totally made me think that she was going to be a finalist, then I was very surprised when she wasn't.

Do you think maybe it was retaped so they could bring up the Jag-lying mess and deal with it that way, instead of just picking Amy over him to begin with, so they conveniently wouldn't have had to deal with his lying?

His "resignation" actually put him in a better light as far as his image goes, but I still don't know how he got as far as he did in the competition when it was pretty obvious that he didn't do very well in the challenges.

At 7/17/2007 12:25 AM , Blogger Jesse said...

Am I the only who didn't buy the whole "resignation" scene? Regardless of whether you thought he should have been let go/resigned or not, the scene where Jag told the judges he was resigning was the most STAGED part of this reality show that I have ever seen. The whole thing seemed completely SCRIPTED - from Jag's monologue to the judges reactions. It all seemed very rehearsed. Its as if Food Network didn't want to seem like the bad guys by outright firing him, but behind the scenes told him what he had to say to the cameras to "resign". Am I the only one who got that vibe?!?

At 7/17/2007 12:27 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are really working this racist angle too much. Look, you say "Why didn't they just retape and pick Amy". Um, one reason would be that the press was asking FN about the situation and the FN spokesperson promised they would respond to the situation. Do I think that they took advantage of the situation a bit for the ratings? Yes. But also they had to clear this up for a bunch of people - the media, for Amy who had been sent home and for the viewers. Just retaping to pick Amy would have been very dishonest and it sort of defeats the purpose of a variety show.
Also, Jag really needed to explain himself. He agreed to be on a reality show to put his life before the public so his reasons for disqualification from the competition are certainly under this category. You act as if Jag were being punished and did not do something wrong. In the real world, you would not get a happy hug, you would be fired immediately from your job for doing something like this.
I think you are really wrong for assuming it is all about him being Hispanic. If they were so pissed about the Latino comment, they could have eliminated him right there. This whole elaborate scheme to "expose Jag" also brought a lot of bad press to Food Network. I'm not so sure they will be so warmly invited back to a military base now. If anything, I suspect that had a special reason for keeping Jag on -be it the need for a Latin fusion show or whatever, not for getting rid of him. You have zero evidence to show it was a racial issue.

At 7/17/2007 12:30 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm quite sure this resignation scene was scripted in that they told him "We can do it two ways: You resign and come off as a noble guy or we can kick your ass off, being a huge embarassment for you". They maybe even had the ability to threaten legal action for harming the image of FN. Either way, I think he was "invited" to resign.

At 7/17/2007 12:35 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

-On last night's show, why did they make it sound like Amy was going to be the one staying instead of Jag? I think one of the judges said something to her like, "Which kind of finalist are you going to be?" So it totally made me think that she was going to be a finalist, then I was very surprised when she wasn't.-

The same thing happened the week before with Paul. They had the scene where they could not decide and clearly said JAG had farther to go as a camera personality than Paul. If you hear that, you'd swear it would be Paul.

I'm telling you, there was something fishy here. And the premiere of the Latino fusion show to exactly coincide with Jag's saying they don't want to do Latino has something to do with it. There is no way they would program 2 Latin-themed shows like that, so they knew at least a couple months ago.

At 7/17/2007 10:50 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sadly I think we will end up with
Rory another person to dumb down
those who wish to cook. JAG should
never passed muster. Very scary young man.

At 7/17/2007 11:54 AM , Blogger elyse said...

Jesse and anonymous 12:30 AM - you raise an interesting question about JAG's resignation. I hadn't considered that it might have been scripted (or just structured somehow). But, as I look back on it - it does feel less than authentic. Is it on again sometime this week, I'd like to see it once more.

And I think I owe anonymous 6:13 PM an apology - my car analogy to JAG and Emeril was over the top. But I don't think they can be directly compared one to the other. Emeril has a lot more experience with cooking on television.

At 7/17/2007 8:07 PM , Blogger Vicki said...

All I can say is that I hope that group of judge's, especially Bobby Flay are better judge's of food than they are of people. Bobby Flay was so for Jag from the get go, you would have thought they were long lost brother's.
I don't think Amy should have been let go in the first place, Jag should have gone with his Chicken fiasco.....on the Iron Chef show.
I am glad he is gone, for some reason I just have had a bad feeling about him from the beginning, and I usually can trust my gut feelings about people.

At 7/18/2007 12:18 AM , Anonymous exxon said...

well...i have mixed feelings on the JAG thing. i agree he seemed a bit unstable, and it is totally uncool that he lied about his background. BUT I have to say that I still found him to be more entertaining than either Rory or Amy, PLUS the man can cook! So I would watch his show rather than their shows, because television is about entertainment. And I just think the FN should have still given the viewers the chance to "forgive" JAG and vote him in. He did the best when it really counted (on the rachel ray show), so I feel that he earned his chance at a show! Lies and all. And as some of you pointed out, our present and past leaders lie constantly yet are forgiven, so is it fair to hold entertainers to a higher standard?
It is also entirely possible that the whole thing was scripted for a ratings coup (that worked!)...

At 7/18/2007 6:35 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

in my eyes, jag was by far the best contestant in the competition. he had the combination of consistently near perfect food almost every episode & a personality that viewers would enjoy watching on tv. just as we've seen with popular athletes and celebrities, a little scandal never hurt anyone in the public's eye. i admit it was dishonest, but does his military background and culinary education really matter if he has the skills to win the competition? he merely did anything & everything he could do to guarantee himself a spot in the competition. i think the food network lost a potentially great host when they let him go.

At 7/18/2007 11:22 AM , Anonymous arielle said...

meh. while the foodnetwork is going to pretty much remain lily-white for a while, i don't think the JAG thing was race-related. it didn't help, his lying, since the network is notorious for making shows with brown or semi-brown people disappear or end up at 4:30 in the morning (ohhh, sweet dreams, food finds...ring a bell, food network????? Sandra Pinkney (sp) was great). i'd call the FN ageist, but they keep the requisite "oldies", who in this case are Paula and Ina. Any way you cut it, the FN is pretty much garbage now, hate to say it.

My biggest peeve is that they seem so resistant to have people on there that have one ounce of flavor--be it ethnic or otherwise..The same lame shit, over and over. How many effing shows can we see about effing ITalian food??? Jesus. And if I have to see Giada's big mouth one more time, i'm gonna sock her in the kisser.

Bob Tuschman et al sukk.

At 7/18/2007 3:35 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jag is a total jerk and nobody would want to work with him. The only thing more pathetic then his lies were his attempts at excuses. He "resigned" ? Yeah, right. Food network took pity on him. He also played the race card which further cemented his case for moron of the year.

At 7/18/2007 3:46 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

All these comments on how white the channel is are in themselves racist comments. Are you saying current hosts are only on the network becuase of their white skin color??

Food Network is a BUSINESS! They are in business to make money. Good ratings = ads= $$$$

If Bobby Brown's cooking hour had good ratings it would be in the lineup.

Obviously they have some restrictions due to the network targeting families (so no foul language types) but anyone who can fit into the corporate structure and bring the ratings would have a shot at his or her own show.

I think it's clear that FNW was bending over backwards to get Jag into the final. A white candidate who had that many issues, and lied on their application would have been kicked to the curb long ago.

At 7/18/2007 9:04 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

"All these comments on how white the channel is are in themselves racist comments. Are you saying current hosts are only on the network becuase of their white skin color??

WTF are you talking about? Have you SEEN the execs at food network, i.e. Tuschman et al? yeah, WHITE. Newsflash, it still has a lot to do with color. (*and that does not mean I want JAG in the competition, either.) What I am getting at is they are not making any strides whatsoever to add some much-needed variety to their vanilla, lame, no-skills lineup.

How about Reggie?? Huh?? They certainly found reasons to get rid of him. Apart from his brownness, don't think his waistline helped either. That's right folks, the FN is image-conscious and obssessed, in case anyone hasn't caught onto that. IT's the SOS that exists all over TV. Don't want to give anyone who doesn't look or think exactly like them a chance in hell.

Ingrid Hoffman, WTF??? Let's see how they Whiten up her "Latino flavor". I give it two shows before she's nearly platinum blonde--not far to begin with.

I concur. FN is garbage and making no attempts to mix up it's vanilla lineup. It's old. Guess it won't change until some POC are behind the cameras and making decisions also, not just trying to get on the network.

At 7/19/2007 5:49 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

sorry so late with my comment, but the disappointment is high...As a Puertorican from NYC and now a resident on the island, I am so ashamed of Jag...I truly believe he was going to like bobby flay would say, crush this...he would have won, hands down...but what he did was just confirm all prejudices out there against latinos, especially boricuas...he couldn't be proud of being a veteran and a great cook, no he had to belittle himself and make a fake ass of his race...gracias Jag...por seguir eliminando la poca dignidad que nosotros boricuas estamos tratando de establecer, desde Ponce, PR...and from The Bronx, NY thanks for nothing BRO...

At 7/21/2007 4:14 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

glad jag is out. next time FN hire people to have their own shows, do a background check first and not waste our time. i do feel FM is racist cause they wont let a black person have their own show on their network. i only like paula deen and rachael ray, but on 30 minute meals the new set needs better lighting.

At 7/21/2007 9:30 PM , Anonymous Lola said...

I totally agree with Jesse and Anonymous 12:30 AM about the scripted resignation. I'm also tempted to take it one step further: military records and school transcripts are very easy to verify... so, I wonder if the FN knew about JAG's lies for a reasonable amount of time and let it drag in order to make the show more dramatic (=more ratings and more $$). Like another person wrote, Amy seemed like the obvious finalist as she almost completely nailed every single challenge and the judges obviously loved her throughout. I wasn't particularly fond of JAG, but I think that the FN has totally manipulated the situation.

At 7/24/2007 11:11 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The problem isn't race, the problem is that he's a lying idiot. Anyone dumb enough to go on reality tv show and lie about their qualifications is too stupid to be allowed a public forum.


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