The Shady Side Of Guy FieriFeb 27, 2020
The road to Flavortown hasn't exactly been a pleasure cruise. The Food Network's most beloved spiky-haired star's career has been littered with scandals, lawsuits, and even fistfights. Hold on to your pinky rings... this is the dark
sideof Guy Fieri. "Hello, I'm Guy Fieri and you know what I need? I need you riding shotgun. I'm on my way to Flavortown" Just being a guy? In late 2013, Fieri reportedly got into a violent and curse-ridden fight with his stylist, Ariel Ramírez, which was recorded by TMZ. The bizarre video allegedly showed Fieri fending off Ramirez with his legs as Ramirez fired f-bombs at Fieri out
sideof his truck.
According to the report, the fighters had just landed in San Francisco and "had been drinking during the flight." "I'm the mayor of Flavortown, I'm like, okay?" A TMZ source said the fight was simply a case of "guys being guys." "And there's more" Friday's for pay Back in 2008, Fieri starred in commercials for T.G.I. Friday But it turns out he wasn't exactly the restaurant's most frequent customer. "This is where he gets twisted." When cornered by TMZ cameras, he admitted it was all just business, saying, "I'm a chef on the Food Network, man! I only do commercials for Friday's.
You know how it works! It's a good gig, man." We think he could have at least admitted that Friday's chicken strips might be worth the trip. Saving Johnny Garlic's Fieri found himself in a legal dispute with business partner Steve Gruber over Fieri's request to close his Johnny Garlic's restaurants, which the two founded in the mid-1990s. According to The Press Democrat, Fieri filed paperwork to dissolve the chain in 2015, but Gruber wanted to buy Fieri instead. 'This should be illegal' When the partners couldn't agree on Fieri's share price, Gruber sued asking a court to figure it out.
But Fieri apparently wanted to make a clean break. A spokesperson told the news outlet: "After more than 20 successful years as a partner in Johnny Garlic's Inc., Guy Fieri has decided to part ways with the company and his restaurants." The former business partners reached an agreement on undisclosed terms in 2016. A dispute that crossed the line Over the years, the late celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain repeatedly butted heads with Fieri. In June 2016, Bourdain told Adweek that Fieri was... "worthy of a solid and perhaps unrelenting mockery." "Please bring me a T-shirt that says that," Bourdain even claimed in 2012 that he had recently laughed the hardest: "Guy Fieri's tweet that he was on his way to a Nickelback concert.
That was like the funniest thing." I was, of course, of course! Fieri only mildly defended himself, admonishing Bourdain for talking trash behind his back. He told GQ: "The average person doesn't behave like that. Don't you have anything else to worry about than whether or not I have bleached hair?" But there may be a darker side to the alleged feud. After all, it was Fieri who really took the gloves off during a 2012 Bourdain barbecue in which he used Bourdain's history of drug abuse as a punchline. Although Bourdain had been open about his past, he may have preferred to be the only one to bring it up.
His neighbors aren't fans. In a 2015 GQ profile, Fieri discussed plans to create a wine-tasting room to accompany the winery he had opened on his property. "Is anyone home tripping over this?" The only problem? The more than 100 neighbors who came out to protest his plans. The main of his complaints? Guy doesn't just wear flashy shirts, he's loud. Statements Fieri's neighbors entered into the public record included: "He has thought of everything but a place for his noise." "A race car was set on fire by the staff next door without warning. The noise nearly seriously injured one of my show horses.
This happened a couple of times." And, "My family lived across the street from the residence. Guests were making noise, leaving trash, and trampling the landscape. All we could do was sell and move." According to GQ, Fieri's tasting room proposal was quickly turned down. Fieri can be a really good guy. After the devastation of the Santa Rosa wildfires in 2017, Fieri went to work. The chef lives in Sonoma County, which was hardest hit by the devastation. In partnership with the Salvation Army, Fieri mobilized a team to feed residents displaced by the blazes. He told KQED: "This is not a PR stunt.
You don't see my banners. I'm not promoting anything. I'm just here cooking. This is feeding people. People need help, and I'm here." to help. That's it." "And there's nothing better than feeding someone, helping someone, and getting your answer." She also cooked for residents displaced after the 2018 California wildfires. But those weren't the only times she dabbled. in philanthropy. Comedian Shane Torres even claimed in his stand-up act that Fieri is a pretty decent guy. "He pays more than minimum wage. He gives health benefits. He has a nonprofit organization where he hands out pretzel machines to inner-city schools so they can raise funds." But that wasn't all.
Fieri's kindness seems to know no bounds. He continued, "He's worked with athletes of Special Olympics, and on top of all that, he officiated a gay wedding." Even if only a few of those claims are verified, surely that gives Fieri a pass to continue rocking bleached blonde nails and bowling shirts 15 years too late? right? "That's it! I'm out"
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