Monday, July 16
"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?