Wednesday, October 3
The Food Network has plenty of reason to appeal to gay viewers. Not only does it have plenty of shows focused on epicure and entertaining, it's also been a home to culinary divas like Martha Stewart and Giada De Laurentiis. However, the network has lacked an out gay man among its big stars. That looked likely to change at the end of the first season of The Next Food Network Star when the Chicago area caterers won themselves a Food Network show, Party Line with the Hearty Boys. Unfortunately, the Food Network buried their show to an inconvenient Sunday morning time slot.I wouldn't really call FN a "home" to Martha Stewart, but whatever. And as far as the network lacking an out gay man among its big stars, what do you call Bobby Deen, then?
I kid, I kid. Just playing. Let the hate mail roll in.
Besides, Bobby isn't out.
I personally believe that if presented with an engaging, talented, entertaining and, yes, gay host (male or female), the network would put him or her in whichever time slot would garner the most ratings. It's all about the money, people. If a one-toothed, 95-year-old granny could get a few million viewers and cook a hamburger, you better believe she'd be bumping Emeril Live back yet another hour. Even if old granny was a lesbian.
Luckily, Dan & Steve are still working away and even have a new cookbook:
(Yikes... it's 10:42 p.m. and too late go back and remove the extra "u." Dang Photoshop!)
Yep... Food Network may have you on at 7:30 a.m., but it'll still slap that logo on whenever it wants:-) I'm sure it's a good thing for both parties, though. A few more people will pick the book up who've never heard of the Hearty Boys thanks to that colorful, circular logo.
So what do you think? Is the Food Network diverse enough? Are you just DYING to have a gay/black/latino/asian/indian/etc. host or are you happy enough with the offerings?