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Thursday, April 17

Robert Irvine's Mischaracterization

In Robert Irvine's April newsletter, the disgraced chef and former Food Network star urges his supporters to "move on" together with him as he embraces the "new and exciting opportunities" that await.


And then, in a manner that only great liars and politicians have apparently mastered, he flips the lies around and begins a sentence with:

"Even though a lot of what happened was mischaracterized..."

Ummm, yes, A LOT of what happened was that you MISCHARACTERIZED your background... A LOT! Is it the public's fault that we couldn't keep all the mischaracterizations straight? Sorry, I forgot if it was one or two castles the Queen gave you, and whether it's the silver or gold tiara of her's you wear at night. I'll be sure to issue a retraction promptly.

Ugh... anyhoo... here's the full text:

The Battle is Not the War

While the past few weeks have been filled with a lot of ups and downs, I have always felt that life is a series of challenges that breed new and exciting opportunities. Even though a lot of what happened was mischaracterized I know one thing: I can cook.

Whether it was serving food to the Royal Family during my tenure on the Royal Yacht, Britannia, training many of the cooks and staff who work in the White House Mess or devising menus and presenting dishes to my adopted country's Chief Executives, I am proud of my culinary accomplishments and of the work I've done on Dinner: Impossible, where I have faced some of the toughest cooking situations a chef could ever imagine.

I am proudest of the friends I've made along the way, the lives I've been allowed to touch and most of all, of the love and support of my family. I am ready and eager to move forward to the next chapter, the next challenge and the next opportunity. I thank you for the support I have received from so many of you and the heartfelt good wishes and prayers you have sent to me and to my family. Let's move on together!

Bon Appetit!

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11 Comments:

At 4/17/2008 5:11 PM , Anonymous Alec Smart said...

Robert, I tried to support you during this time of "mischaracterization" and and went to bat in your defense. Heck I even sent a email to your site saying the Food Network completely hosed you good. That Tuschman is freakin jackass uh ?

Say listen ..if you are not busy Memorial Day Weekend, could you come over to my place and fire up a pig roast for about 70-80 friends ? You can even bring the Georges if you like. You won't even have to shop, I've got it covered. Whadya say Robert ?

 
At 4/18/2008 12:37 PM , Anonymous clutchfan74 said...

"mischaracterization" Is that what they're calling it these days? hahahaha
Is that the ultra-political pussy way of saying that FN made everything up. I mean--last time I checked, he lied, and that was that.
Where's the "mischaracterization" coming from?
Is he trying to say that FN mislead people or falsified the claims that he was less than honest?
It seems that the "mischaracterization" came from chef himself.
That is too funny!
He can cook however, so in the long run it may not matter but suppose only time will tell for sure.
I wonder if FN is going to alter their screening process in any way now? I mean they had the whole Jag situation and now this....

 
At 4/18/2008 1:53 PM , Anonymous KB said...

Geez, everyone needs to move on. Stop talking about it and it will go away.

it's not like he claimed that he invented the internet or saved 53 children from a burning orphanage.

I've said it before and I'll say it again: FN needs to slap him HARD on the wrist, make him do some great charity work and get back to making one of the better shows on the network and let it go.

Dinner: Impossible is a great, consistently entertaining show and it's 100% because of Irvine.

Like I said, slap him on the wrist and make him donate a pile of cash and his time to some charity, film it and make money of that.

The only reason people are hating on Robert is that he doesn't show enough cleavage. Admit it, gang... just admit it.

 
At 4/18/2008 2:35 PM , Anonymous Jeff said...

Unfortunately, JAG(of TFNFS3 infamy), and "Chef" Irvine each played the "Fool me once, shame on you" game and lost. I don't think it's as much the fault of Food Network management as it is the principals who chose to embellish or exaggerate their credentials.

 
At 4/18/2008 3:04 PM , Anonymous Alec Smart said...

Ok I am gonna be sincere here. The guy screwed up, slap his wrist and be done with it.

The show is one of FN's better efforts. The guy does know how to cook, and surprisingly, he is quite endearing to many.

You can't say that about some of these other jokers FN are trying ram down our throats.That means you Count Fee'Eddy.

 
At 4/18/2008 4:04 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

He lost me completely when he made love to Paula Deen on the " Paula's Party " show... It was a disgusting sight....eeeeyew

 
At 4/18/2008 4:19 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I do have to agree.
Honestly while I hardly condone falsifying your experience, I'm also not sure if the punishment fit the crime so-to-speak.
It really seems to have been hugely blown out of proportion.
Was pulling his contract really something that needed to happen?
I don't believe that it made him any less credible for the job he was doing for the network. I mean--it seemed to have no baring on whether or not he was any les or more qualified to do the show.
Ok sure it's fair to say you shouldn't lie, but being in HR I can tell ya that lots of people lie on their resumes and it is totally obvious. Do they still get hired, yes in lots of cases they do. Everyone embellishes so then where do you draw the line? If companies chose not to hire everyone who punched up their cover letter the workforce would be very skimpy.
Should they be fired for falsifying employment? Absolutely, but often they aren't, especially if he/she is bringing in the $$ for the organization.
Of course you shouldn't say you worked for somewhere that you didn't, and he ought to have known that it would come back to bite him in the butt later. Perhaps he was afraid that he wouldn't get the gig so lying was necesary?
It is truly time to move on though. This is now old news. It's unfortunate, and perhaps a nice hard slap on the wrist would have been better than what was decided, but the choice has already been made.
Had he been in any other situation other than on TV, odds are it might have never been uncovered. Guess that is what any celebs or celeb wannabes can take from this: Don't lie on your resume, because folks will be less than forgiving, and your TV career might very well be done for good.

 
At 5/03/2008 2:50 PM , Blogger likefood2 said...

For someone who said he did what he did not, he sure did a lot of things everyone thought he couldn't. Let it rest-------

 
At 5/22/2008 10:45 AM , Blogger Rachel said...

HERE I GO AGAIN,IM GOING TO SAY THIS AGAIN! LETS GET OFF OUR HIGH HORSES AND REMEMBER WE ARE HUMAN AND WE DO MAKE MISTAKES! LAY OFF ROBERT!! HE IS AN EXCELLENT CHEF AND A KIND, WARM, TENDERHEARTED PERSON! HE IS SIMPLY WITH THE BEST OF CHEFS INCLUDING MICHAEL! HE NEEDSD OUR SUPPORT, STOP TEARING HIM APART NOW!! HE HAS APOLOGISED AND THAT SHOULD BE EONOUGH FOR YOU ALL! YOU GO ROBERT!! YOUR RIGHT! I LOVE YOU AND MIKE AS WELL YOU HAVE YOUR SUPPORT WITH ME AND THE REST OF US, WHO WORKED IN THE KITCHEN.wE LOVE YOU BIG GUY!!! LOVE YOU VERY VERY MUTCH!! I HOPE YOU READ THIS, CAUSE WE MEAN IT.GOD BLESS YOU FOR ALL THE WORK YOU DO,AND GOOD LUCK.LOVE YOU! YOUR RACHAELLE.

 
At 11/12/2008 8:34 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Robert is the best, but michael SUCKS

 
At 1/07/2011 4:12 PM , Anonymous viagra online said...

I suppose that serving food for a Royal Family might be very interesting. I appreciate you classified the events and shared some of your experiences

 

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