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Thursday, August 16

Further Proof Dave is Done with FN

Well, after word hit in early July that Dave Lieberman may have ended his relationship with the Food Network I was still optimistic that some new project might pop up. However, Eater LA (via Madeline) now has a direct quote from Dave after they ran into him at the Green Party this past Wednesday:

He told us he's "done with the Food Network for now," working on some other ideas, and wants to open a casual restaurant somewhere in LA.
Dave mentioned the restaurant idea when I saw him in South Beach at the Wine and Food Fest. I think all of his outbursts pretty much confirm the fact that he was done with Food Network back in February, but I could be wrong.

Anyhow, Dave is quite the ladies man in this photo. Not another man to be seen, actually. Miss Thing in the white shirt is definitely trying to work it with the spray-on tan and hand flowing through her hair. Sadly, this ain't gonna work on Dave!!! :-) At least I hope not.




At 8/16/2007 9:35 PM , Anonymous joanieb said...

Hey, now somebody sounds jealous of that gal supposedly working it! I didn't know Dave was gay--is he? I didn't read it anywhere that I looked.

At 8/16/2007 10:41 PM , Blogger Jesse said...

No other men can be seen b/c Dave and I have an understanding that I am the only man allowed anywhere near him! This arrangement works for us! :-)

At 8/17/2007 10:39 AM , Blogger jacob said...

joanieb: hahaha... who knows.

jesse: riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight;-)

At 8/17/2007 2:40 PM , Anonymous Jeff said...

Open mouth, insert foot.

At 8/17/2007 11:48 PM , Blogger Jesse said...

Jacob -

Sorry for leaving an unrelated comment at this late hour, but I just thought of an issue that is *REALLY* bugging me and wondered if you have ever touched on it before...maybe you can write a blog about it sometime to share your opinion on this topic?

What about the issue that - Food Network has no online community/message board! This is really weird, and irks me in a major way. All the major network channels have them, most cable tv channel's have them...but Food Network doesn't? I'm sure the sheer volume of messages they would get from people asking about recipes and whatnot would be crazy, but I just find it incredibly odd. And no - their "review recipes" function doesn't count. What if I want to talk about a particular television show. What if I want to talk about Ina's custom made shirts? What if I want to talk about Giada's hair? Granted 99% of their messages would be talking about Rachel Ray - but *STILL*.

It is just me or does the fact that they don't have an online community almost seem like censorship? On one hand maybe its good - b/c blogs like yours can proliferate since there is no official forum to talk about Food Network. However...for them to not have an official message board service on their website just seems suspect. Am I the only one? Ok, maybe its just me! ;)

At 8/18/2007 3:10 PM , Anonymous Gen said...

It's not just you. FN needs a message board. They just don't want to have to police the damn thing. I certainly can see why they don't have one. Can you imagine entire threads devoted just to Giada's boobs and nails, Ina's gays, Paula's Smithfield issues, Rachel's ass size and Robin Miller's anorexia? I don't think so. I would love to have a place to discuss all of these things, but alas, FN.com is a bunch of wussies.

At 8/18/2007 4:07 PM , Blogger Jesse said...

Gen -

I have often suspected that was the reason for them not having a message board - b/c FN didn't want to become the policemen/women of the internet. However - if the major networks and other cable stations can all have message boards on their websites, why can't lil ol' FN? You are right - they are total wussies!

No message board = censorship = not good!!

If I want to vocalize how much I dislike their current lineup, the intoxicating window of Robin Miller, Rachel's ugly-ass new kitchen remodel, or profess my undying love for Ina and her gays - I should have an official place to do so! ;)

At 8/18/2007 9:17 PM , Blogger Rick Texas said...

Food Network used to have a message board a few years ago. I think they dropped it because there was so much criticism of the Network Hosts in the messages. All of a sudden, one day the whole message board was gone!

At 8/19/2007 12:55 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why does food network have so many Jewish cooks?

There are a great variety of cultures and chefs to pick from its quite sad to see the same thing over and over.

Get real food netork.

Show some real diversity!


At 8/19/2007 8:38 PM , Blogger jacob said...

Yeah, the lack of a message board is kind of weird, but I think it's Food Network's reluctance to really open itself up to criticism. Its "blog" is a well-hidden, uninformative, marketing device. Oh well. Feel free to use this site as a type of message board... or perhaps I'll instate one:-)

At 8/23/2007 8:43 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ina Garten
Duff Goldmann
Dave Lieberman (who hasn't had a regular show in over a year on FN)
Nigella Lawson (once a week)

So two hosts and two occasional hosts is "Jewish overkil"??

(Ellie Krieger I do not know if she is Jewish or not)

If we're gonna excoriate FN for lack of diversity, let's talk about Italians, not only are there more of them, but they're on a hell of a lot more..

Giada di Laurentiis
Mario Batali
Rachael Ray (half-Sicilian)
Guy Fieri (at least half Italian given the name)
Michael Chiarello

You'd think it was a Cosa Nostra plot :-p

And while we're at it

Paula Deen - Southern WASP
Alton Brown - Southern WASP
Emeril Lagasse - Portuguese
Cat Cora - Greek
Bobby Flay - Irish
Ingrid Hoffman - Colombian of at least part German extraction
George Duran - Venezuelan of at least part French extraction
Robert Irvine - English

And perhaps human for Sandra Lee and Robin Miller

Agree with the overall point though, the network does lack color, considering almost 1 in 3 Americans is not of European extraction.


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