Guy Fieri (née Guy Ferry) hosts Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives on the Food Network. It is (in)famous as one of the most unpleasant shows in Food Network history. (The Two and a Half Men of FN, if you will.) So it should come as no great shock that, according to David Page, a former producer of DDD, Ferry isn't too keen on the gays and the Jews. Allegedly.
[He] needed protection from homosexuals, or at least advance warning. Early in the show's run, Page got a phone call from Fieri, who'd just walked out of a restaurant in a huff. "
Guy had decided that the two men running the restaurant were life partners," Page remembers. "He said, 'You can't send me to talk to gay people without warning! Those people weird me out!'" From then on, show researchers were required to note any indications of homosexuality detected during pre-interviews.
When it came to Jewish people, Page had this to say about his former colleague:
"Guy said to me: 'You know, it's true: Jews are cheap."
And finally, with regard to the fairer sex, Fieri becomes downright vomit-incuding. (Again, allegedly.) Page went on to say:
"You have to protect Guy from all of his poop jokes," Page says. "Anytime any woman mentioned 'cream,' Guy went into a sexual riff. When cutting the show, you had to tell the editors to watch Guy's eye line, because it's always on breasts."
According to Queerty, "Fieri declined to comment for this story through his spokespeople."
Fieri got his start in Santa Rosa with his first Italian(esque) joint, Johnny Garlic's, which opened on 1996.
UPDATE: Jesse Derris, a spokesperson for Fieri, contacted SFist. He tells us, "Anyone who knows Guy knows he would never make the kind of comments attributed to him in this story. They are offensive, not in his nature and just not true."