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Tuesday, July 17

JAG Was Willing to Reveal Other Finalist Back in June

In a startling update that seems to decrease any shred of honor JAG may have still had, the Air Force Times is revealing that when JAG was questioned back in June about his military service he admitted to being one of the final two contestants and "offered to trade the name of the other finalist — a big reality television no-no — in exchange for keeping his background a secret."

Well, JAG, you've basically lost any credibility you may have had with me, now.

"In a bid to preserve his shot at a six-episode Food Network series deal, Garcia revealed in those interviews that he was one of the final two contestants. Military Times did not include this claim in previous stories because it was not clear whether this was another lie, and to protect the integrity of the show."

It's obvious that JAG was willing to do whatever it took to keep his ass in the competition, as well as keep the fact that he lied a secret. This only worked to his detriment, though. If the Food Network found out that he had revealed the name of the other finalist he would have been eliminated anyway.

Ugh.

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18 Comments:

At 7/17/2007 8:45 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is so sleazy!!!

~sbp

 
At 7/17/2007 9:12 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a complete slimeball. I am so glad that FoodNetwork got rid of him.

Maybe the network will be a little bit more careful the next time and screen their candidates a little more closely.

-snd

 
At 7/17/2007 9:56 PM , Anonymous Conrad5 said...

Jacob! Dragon Slayer, Kingmaker! You’ve been all over this story like yellow on saffron rice (sorry that was lame-I can't hep myself). If it weren’t for the internets, and your intrepid reporting, JAG might have slithered his way into a primo gig. I agree with those posters who think that JAG was “invited" to resign. Sort of like in The Godfather, when Vito Corleone had Luca Brasi hold a gun to Johnny Fontane’s head, and then assured him that either his brains or signature would be on the contract in front of him.

One thing Bob Tuschman certainly learned from his ABC News days, is that network scandals like this just fester, if not swiftly dealt with. Eventually Bob’s ass would have been on the line…and he didn’t owe JAG anything. I would have preferred to see JAG get voted off, so that he couldn’t play the race card, or become a martyr. He may remain quiet though, especially if a deal was cut. Tuchelson may have offered him some other show in the Scripps family, just to placate him.

 
At 7/17/2007 10:37 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think they owed JAG squat. He lied about his credentials putting Food Network in an embarassing position. I'm sure they have some sort of clause on this kind of thing
in the contract they sign. And if they have a witness to say JAG did reveal the identity of the finalists, he now could be liable to Food Network for MILLIONS for potentially ruining the show. I am sure they are told of the severest of penalties for revealing the winners. So all in all, I think they could put together a pretty scary lawsuit to threaten JAG with if he didn't do what they said. Basically, he could leave with an ounce of dignity, come back and do the segment or be kicked off and embarassed even more AND have a big lawsuit from FN. I don't think he had much of a choice.

 
At 7/18/2007 12:49 AM , Blogger Victor said...

Glad to see Josh gone, but my inner cynic can't help but think that the whole scandal wasn't a bona fide ratings pot of gold for an otherwise fading rainbow that the show was turning out to be. The bitter after taste being, of course, that the next FN star and their show is going to pretty sucky unless FN hires a crack team to pull an Eliza Dolittle and save the network's credibility.

As said by other posters, if this scandal's done anything it should have opened FN to the fact that they need to fire whoever's on the search committee and in charge of casting and hire people who can spot actual cooks and or food experts and do the necessary background checks BEFORE seeing if they're TV show material.

Seriously, this show was cast for a TV reality show. Not a cooking and food show.

 
At 7/18/2007 12:58 AM , Blogger Victor said...

edit: WAS a bona fide...

 
At 7/18/2007 1:20 AM , Blogger Jesse said...

conrad5: love the Godfather analogy, lol! I totally and completely got the vibe that Jag was "invited" to resign. That scene had "scripted" written all over it. When Susie (Suzie?) said "We unfortunately accept your resignation." (or something like that, I don't remember it verbatim) it played out as the most rehearsed line in all of reality TV!

 
At 7/18/2007 4:57 AM , Anonymous ThomEdison said...

The more I read about Joshua Asshat Garcia, the more I want to take off my studded leather belt and BEAT that whining little bitch into true sorrow. He wouldn't need his acting "skills" when my belt is finished with his ass.

 
At 7/18/2007 6:48 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

i say bring him back! he still cooked the yummiest food & was the most entertaining to watch!

 
At 7/18/2007 8:59 AM , Anonymous Jeff said...

This is appalling. JAG was apparently nothing more or less than an opportunist, interested more in saving his own hide than coming clean. It was for the best.

 
At 7/18/2007 10:23 AM , Anonymous Harry Martin said...

I don't know why they would dump JAG ... Food Network has all kinds of built-in vehicles for him: "The Secret Life of JAG," "JAG Unwrapped" and my personal favorite: "30 Minute Resumes."

:-)

Harry

 
At 7/18/2007 4:23 PM , Blogger Victor said...

Harry,

You missed one:

Background: Impossible!

 
At 7/19/2007 9:06 AM , Blogger Timotheus said...

'Ace of Fakes'

 
At 7/19/2007 1:30 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Quick Fix Military Records"

 
At 7/19/2007 9:43 PM , Blogger jacob said...

i can't reply to all of your comments right now, but i've read them all and love all the insight.

the new show names are hilarious:-)

 
At 7/22/2007 6:09 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

We can for forgive a president for commiting adultry and lied about it , Miss USA was forgiven,Bush send our children to die and we bring him back to the white houe but we can forgive JAG? I think this has to do with him been Latino. Me and my friend will not see a racist network.. So white chefs from food network stop pretending to cook Latino food

 
At 7/22/2007 7:51 PM , Blogger Robert said...

Those who call the firing of JAG racist are out of their minds. Do you really think FN or any responsible organization is going to turn over a multi-million dollar tv production to a guy they can't trust?! That's very possibly emotionally unstable?! On what planet does this happen....I don't know. If they are so racist, then why did they set him up to possibly win before this happened? Makes no sense whatsoever. And as far as forgiveness goes...well, you can forgive him, but you can't trust him with a set of keys to the castle. That's never going to happen.

 
At 12/31/2007 11:25 PM , Anonymous Melena said...

JAG wss right though Food Network does not have enough Latino Cuisine chefs...besides the DRAMA he was entertaining and talented..Too bad it ended the way it did. I AGREE FIRE those casting people or they need to REALLY LOOK AT some TALENTED Hot LATINA chicks or Guys to cook and REPRESENT!!!!!

 

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