While no one is really surprised when Fox up and cancels a series before it even airs, it’s a different thing entirely when a network like Travel Channel does it. They have officially cleared their table of Adam Richman’s upcoming series Man Finds Food, pulling the show from their schedule after Richman went on a social media tear over his unwitting use of a controversial hashtag. This is the future, people, and there is some foul language ahead.
Man Finds Food was set to premiere on Travel Channel tomorrow, July 2, and would have seen Richman going across the country to find delicious off-the-menu meals that average diners aren’t always privy to. But instead of watching him stuff his face with greasy meats and fat-filled treats, we now get to listen to him apologize his way out of the hole he dug himself by, in one instance, telling someone to “eat a bag of shit dummy.” A battle of the wits, this wasn’t.
According to XOJane’s Amber Smith (via the Washington Post), Richman went on the offensive after several Instagram users tried to inform him that his use of “#thinspiration” was not merely a punny way of showing off his recent weight loss, but also a pro-anorexia/pro-bulimia hashtag. After responding with the vaguely polite “DILLIGAF,” which means “Do I look like I give a fuck?” Richman then took things to a darker place, as seen by the now-deleted comments below.
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Richman, the former host of hit shows like Man vs. Food and Amazing Eats, probably has a bit of pull now that he’s gained popularity on the foodie side of things. Still, I don’t see how he thought that insinuating someone get into a bathtub and commit suicide was a flighty enough comment to make, especially after referring to his own TV presence. He reportedly also used the word “cunt” as an insult in another comment that was deleted before anyone could screengrab it. In its place, we’ll just use this picture.
Richman later apologized on both Twitter and Instagram, though both posts were later removed, and he also released an apology through Good Morning America, saying “I’ve long struggled with my body image and have worked very hard to achieve a healthy weight. I’m incredibly sorry to everyone I’ve hurt.” Always easier to be sorry after the Internet hates you and you’ve lost a show, I guess.
For what it’s worth, I think it’s great that Richman is at a weight that works for both his health and his confidence. I’m not a fan of his shows, but I can’t deny the fact that it must have been extremely hard to work off the bajillions of calories he took in over the years. But still, we’d prefer him putting food into his mouth instead of his foot.
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