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Tuesday, July 24

Shut Your Mouth, Adrien

I initially liked Adrien, but everything I've read about him since he got kicked off has given me a major opportunist vibe. Every interview seems to have this "I'm just glad I got exposure so I can get some other kind of TV show" feeling.

And in this recent article in Adrien's hometown newspaper, the Jackson Citizen Patriot, he even disses the show's winner, Amy Finley.



"It just blew my mind. It blew everyone's minds," Sharp said. "There was no way Amy would win ... and after it was announced, everyone just gathered around (Schepisi), and Amy just stood there with a funny expression on her face," Sharp said.


Adrien also reaffirmed his reason for doing the show:

"I got my point across that I can do TV. I accomplished what I wanted," he said.

While Adrien's had some fantastic meetings with a "New York Agent" no news about any real projects have been announced, yet. The article does reveal that he has a new customer service job in Jackson, Michigan. Not exactly prime time television.

The good news is Adrien won the contest for most MySpace friends (I didn't know there was such a contest). For that he got $1,000 and a set of pots and pans.

Everyone's a winner!

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32 Comments:

At 7/24/2007 12:19 PM , Anonymous Jeff said...

Adrien had some nerve, anyway; in that one challenge, he talked about what he was going to cook, but didn't warm up a single burner on the cooktop. I'd be a little suspicious about that...and if all he's been doing is public access cable...well! He should have learned by example, especially after Nathan Lyon, fourth place finisher in TNFNS2, learned quickly and well from Alton Brown, et. al., and now has his own nationally-distributed cable show, "A Lyon in the Kitchen." I rest my case.

 
At 7/24/2007 12:29 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't really think he came off that badly in the interview. Isn't every finalist on the show going to try to use the experience in some way? I've heard that Paul also wants to stay in TV somehow. Does that make him an opportunist too?

 
At 7/24/2007 1:01 PM , Blogger Bryan said...

It's not that he sounds like an opportunist (isn't that what being on most reality shows is about?) but that he came off as an ass, particularly with his comments regarding Amy.

 
At 7/24/2007 1:16 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, someone in the Food industry showing an attitude... what in the world of Bobby Flay is the Food Network going to do?? Seriously, he's talented, let him stretch his fifteen minutes of fame. I agree with him, Amy was not talented as or viewer friendly as Rory and I will not watch her show.

 
At 7/24/2007 1:38 PM , Anonymous Conrad5 said...

He wants to develop a show that “combines food and music”? Does he plan on fabricating a marimba out of coconut shells? Yo Adrien, how about presenting a show that combines food with…um, cooking?

 
At 7/24/2007 2:04 PM , Blogger Gregory said...

There's nothing wrong with prompting yourself but dissing a fellow contestant, esp. after you said on camera that FN would have a winner in both, is really, really tacky and unprofessional. Rory also lost alot of respect in my book by throwing the hissy fit on stage when she lost. Sure it's disappointing but welcome to the world, people lose big contests every day. You can go home and cry but for god's sakes show a little sportsmanship for the whole 2 minutes you are on camera.

And to the Rory supporters I say, to each his own. There are also many of us who feel Amy was the better choice. But beyond that, the winner was chosen because she got the most votes from viewers, i.e. more people watching liked Amy than Rory. So why blame Amy for that fact that more people liked her?
Now she has to sink or swim like the rest of them - she can become popular like Robin Miller, Giada or -gag- Aunt Sandy or she can disappear after a season or two like George Stella, Juan Carlos Cruz, the Good Housekeeping lady and (apparently) even Dave Lieberman. I'm guessing Amy can forge a longer future than, say, Guy Fieri, of whom I am really not a fan.

 
At 7/24/2007 2:04 PM , Blogger Prisca said...

Sounds to me like he wants something more like Emeril Live....

The whole dissing Amy thing is just not cool. I thought everyone gathered around Rory because she completely melted down on live tv. I didn't think it had anything to do with them not thinking Amy could win it. I wonder if he really speaks for himself? We have to all remember that Rory herself was dissing Amy in the challenge where she talked with the radio guys.

Something's going on that we don't know about.

 
At 7/24/2007 2:44 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Adrien has totally lost my respect. He is a jerk and a sore losers. And speaking of sore losers, Rory needs to grow up. So she lost...big deal. At least pull yourself together for 3 whole minutes.

 
At 7/24/2007 3:20 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well said, Gregory. And at least Rory has her own restaurant to go back to. It's not like she's going to be flippin' burgers at McDonald's. Besides, I believe that she was just in it for the sole purpose of being on TV, and the commitment to food was secondary for her. That was very evident when she totally hogged the time on the Rachael Ray show and pretty much excluded RR from the segment ON HER OWN SHOW!!

 
At 7/24/2007 7:02 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Adrien is lame. I already felt that he seemed full of himself and this just supports that idea.

 
At 7/25/2007 11:37 AM , Anonymous Mussakka said...

I agree. I always got the impression that he was what we in the South call a "pretty boy." Full of himself, primping and preening the whole time.

Did he ever really cook anything? There was the puking pepper and the bacon wrapped something-or-other, but I can't recall much else...

 
At 7/25/2007 1:14 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Meh, Paul was the "pretty boy" of the competition (just rewatch the shirtless scenes from the final epi - Paul smokes Adrien in the hot bod department). Adrien was always just sort of meh in everything. Meh in cooking, meh in looks and meh in personality.

 
At 7/25/2007 1:24 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

AMY FINLEY KNEW THAT SHE WAS GOING TO WIN THE NFNS BEFORE THE VOTING WAS COMPLETE! FOOD NETWORK RIGGED THE COMPETITION IN LIGHT OF JAG's RESIGNATION!

The text messege votes were also rigged! Amy's went through when Rory's were denied!!!

Check out this link!!!

http://www.fox6.com/mediacenter/local.aspx?videoID=337422

 
At 7/25/2007 1:25 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

AMY FINLEY KNEW THAT SHE WAS GOING TO WIN THE NFNS BEFORE THE VOTING WAS COMPLETE! FOOD NETWORK RIGGED THE COMPETITION IN LIGHT OF JAG's RESIGNATION!

The text messege votes were also rigged! Amy's went through when Rory's were denied!!!

Check out this link!!!

http://www.fox6.com/mediacenter/local.aspx?videoID=337422

 
At 7/25/2007 1:26 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
AMY FINLEY KNEW THAT SHE WAS GOING TO WIN THE NFNS BEFORE THE VOTING WAS COMPLETE! FOOD NETWORK RIGGED THE COMPETITION IN LIGHT OF JAG's RESIGNATION!

The text messege votes were also rigged! Amy's went through when Rory's were denied!!!

Check out this link!!!

http://www.fox6.com/mediacenter/local.aspx?videoID=337422

 
At 7/25/2007 1:45 PM , Blogger Kate said...

I thought Adrien had a good chance at first, based on his Tyler Florence's kid brother vibe, but changed my mind pretty quickly when it became obvious he can't really cook at the level of getting a tv show. Most of his camera time was pretty bad, iirc. Sour grapes are not going to get producers stampeding to his door, either.

 
At 7/25/2007 2:27 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Re: the video mentioned above -- I didn't see anything interesting (other than the fact that someone actually could not figure out how to use a melon baller).

 
At 7/25/2007 2:35 PM , Blogger Gregory said...

Anonymous 1:26

Oh my God! Writing your message 3 times does not make your point stronger, it just makes you seem like a doofus

Oh my God! Writing your message 3 times does not make your point stronger, it just makes you seem like a doofus

Oh my God! Writing your message 3 times does not make your point stronger, it just makes you seem like a doofus

Um, if you LISTEN to what she says, she simply says the show was pre-taped. So of course she would know. She was in the time between when the show was taped and the airing on Sunday, that's all. She even tells the guy, "I can't tell you who won.."

 
At 7/25/2007 6:33 PM , Blogger Jesse said...

EWWW - This is totally unrelated to this topic, but they have started showing Rachel Ray's new set during wide weekday circulation. What is up with it? You are right - it *IS* orange. You never got around to posting pics of it and you totally should. Am I the only who who think those little plastic orange cubbies are channeling the lockers at a bowling alley or ice skating rink from the 80's? On top of that, it has no visual intersest whatsoever - I found it hard to watch the whole cooking show. YUCK - what a horrible set!!

 
At 7/25/2007 10:42 PM , Blogger Phillip said...

I warned you all of the orange kitchen. Shield your eyes children.

Okay, other creepy detail on a set? Robin Miller has this weird video playing in the window of her "kitchen" of a street and cars pass by every few moments. Did they really think that was going to trick me into thinking, "Here's a real soccer mom, a model of suburbia!" I've also never seen these "kids" that she always is always promising are "on their way back from school RIGHT NOW!" as she scurries off. Lies Robin, lies.

 
At 7/26/2007 12:00 AM , Blogger Jesse said...

Phillip!

Robin Miller is another one who confuses me. I don't know which came first...the "cold" kitchen with the big window with curtains, or the "warm" kitchen colors with the oval window. I also think I have seen an instance where the oval window had the video and one where it had a stagnant background. I'm telling you - I don't even know what she cooks, but just guessing what is going to happen in that window next is keeping me entertained, lol! :)

 
At 7/27/2007 8:24 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like Amy and I'm glad she won but I would ball Adrien anytime - Paul too - and I'm sure they did eachother already.

 
At 7/28/2007 2:34 AM , Blogger Lester Hunt said...

Adrien's saying that the other contestants were shocked when Amy won was interesting, but not surprising. I would imagine that the judges, who after all preferred even the execrable Jag to Amy, had the same reaction. Some things should not be decided by a democratic election.

 
At 7/30/2007 9:20 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

A lot went on from the time of the final elimination to the actual finale. People who are judging Adrien, Rory or any of the other contestants shouldn't be so quick to judge. You are looking at them from an "edited" view. The creators, producers can make the show and it's cast look however they please. They put themselves out there to try to fight for their "dream job" and they did it all in front of America. Take the show for what it is..A SHOW! We don't know these people, we only know how they were portrayed. They all did an awesome job. Huge props to them all for reaching for the stars!

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

I can understand your portrayal of the interview you read in the Cit Pat. I have to say you've certainly taken it in the wrong way. I WAS genuinly shocked that Amy was announced the winner. Many (if not all) the other finalists were as well. I have the utmost respect for Amy and wish her all the best. She knows that and I'm sure understands the way things are percieved and portrayed when filming a "REALITY" show. This is entertainment. Take it as you will.
I don't feel I'm a sore loser at all. I am extremely grateful at my opportunity and I think I did the best I could have. I don't think there's anything wrong with saying that I did what I wanted to do. I have worked in television for three years hosting "Home for Dinner" for JTV Channel 17 in Jackson, Michigan. It has been the greatest experience of my life. I would be crazy if I didn't jump at the chance to have a career doing what I love. If it worked out with Food Network it would have been fantastic. The outcome hasn't diminished my motivation in the slightest bit. It makes me want to continue to pursue my dream.
I do hope people enjoyed the show. I had a crazy intense experience that I'll never forget. I made some friends I'll have forever and it's something nobody can take away me. Another anonymous person said something about the way it was edited and I do have to say that was spot on. Think about it just for a minute. They filmed us on average of 12 to 15 hours daily. They edit that into roughly 40 minutes or less of air time cutting commercials. Editing is the MAGIC of television. You can look good or you can look bad. It's easy to read to far into things. Cheers, Adrien Sharp

 
At 7/30/2007 10:59 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Adrien posted here, very cool! Nice to hear from you!

I'm the same Anonymous who posted the second post on this topic and I still don't see anything wrong with his comments in that interview. I'm sure all the contestants will use the show's experience to their advantage and I wish you luck, Adrien!

 
At 7/31/2007 6:33 PM , Blogger jacob said...

While I'm not sure you really are Adrien, I appreciate your comment. Of course I realize that the show itself was edited and I don't assume you are a certain way based on the way you were portrayed. The quote itself, however, in a newspaper was not edited (that I'm aware of) and that's what caught me by surprise.

 
At 8/01/2007 7:20 AM , Anonymous Adrien said...

Your absolutely right Jacob. The newspaper article was accurate. My point for talking about trying to show I could work in television was all of our goals. I knew that my best chance in this competition was to use my experience of hosting my own show. My statement was meant to come across by explaining that I did believe that I did the best I could have and I felt It went very well for me. I'm definately proud to be in the top 5! I'm still hosting my show in Jackson weekly and continuing to work on my dream. Cheers, Adrien

 
At 8/03/2007 10:03 AM , Blogger Stef said...

I have to say that after seeing several Food Network personalities comment across the blogs, Adrien impresses me. If that really is you, Adrien, thanks for being reasonable and helping us all understand a little more about your perspective, and especially for your reasonable and professional tone. Good luck to you. We all want to be your fans!

 
At 9/09/2007 6:51 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Um... Amy should've never, it was Jag, dudes... Sheesh... And Adrien Sharp did okay, just he acted funny at the end...

 
At 9/09/2007 6:52 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tito ADrien, it's adree, that gal... Hi! I can tell it's you. You end absolutely everything with cheers while I end in slikely! Why did you stop mailing?

 
At 1/12/2008 12:31 PM , Anonymous Michelle said...

Adrien is a class act, and anyone who has met him knows that. I live in his hometown of Jackson, MI and he is a superstar here, and he was before he was on TNFNS. He is a devoted father and husband, and never lets his "fame" go to his head. You cannot talk to him without feeling good and walk away smiling.
Also, let's not forget that Amy ASKED to go home at one point during the show. At that point I lost a ton of repect for her, but she did an okay job and I know they all did their best and should be very proud.

 

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