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"You Can't Send Me to Talk to Gay People Without Warning!": Behind the Scenes with Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives and Guy Fieri

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City Pages, our sister paper in the Twin Cities, this week runs a profile of David Page, the journalist turned television producer who created Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives -- and made Guy Fieri a star.

Page's company produced eleven seasons of the smash-hit show before the Food Network dumped him this spring. Page sued, the Food Network countersued, and now the acrimony is so thick that you could cut it with a spike of Fieri's hair.

As you might expect, Page directs much of his scorn toward Fieri.

You must read Gregory Pratt's entire article, but here are some highlights (keeping in mind that both Fieri and the Food Network refused comment):

On his swift rise to fame:
But as his star power grew, Fieri stopped returning Page's phone calls. When NBC hired Fieri to film the primetime game show Minute to Win It, Guy started canceling shoots with Page. A posse of friends -- a bawdy band of homeboys with names like Gorilla, Kleetus, and Dirty P. -- trailed Guy everywhere, and his manager, Tom Nelson, took to calling himself "the consigliore." The group became known as the Garlic Mafia, and Fieri styled himself as the mob boss.
On his attitudes toward women and homosexuals:
"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."

Fieri also 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!'"


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State Streets
State Streets

That's funny he doesn't like gays because he looks like a lot of lesbians.

Spj
Spj

as do most closeted men. 

Tratrachapman
Tratrachapman

have u people realized that this doucher Page is just talking out of his ass because he is pissed at the Food Network and Guy Fieri. Otherwise, why would he wait until now to come out with all this nonsense ? Besides, what dude doesn't like to stare at boobs ? Are u people mad cuz u realize a TV start is human, just like u and i ? For the love of ducks people - GROW UP !!!

Oliviastl
Oliviastl

And why would Page come out with this prior? He was making money from him, duh.

Unclebuck38
Unclebuck38

 So you're saying it's ok for Page to be a hypocrite and go along with everything until he no longer profits then he can speak out.  Page has no credibility with me because of that.

Peggz2002
Peggz2002

maybe everyone is reacting to the very ideas that this real great guy who likes everyone and has ALL DIFFERENT fans no matter what their lifestyle..they are STILLL the fans that keep you on that pedestool.   So how about showing ALL of them the same respect and NOT disrespecting anybody because of their lifestyle.  You will never know how many of your fan base IS gay....so ...dont shoot yourself in the foot with your mouth.  Be thankful you are where you are and say thank you and God Bless all your fans that follow you all over.

Nick Lucchesi
Nick Lucchesi

I, for one, will never eat another Ritz cheesesteak slider when I tailgate on game day. Consider that rockin' recipe out of the cookbook, Guy Ferry.

billstreeter
billstreeter

Sounds like he acts pretty much the way a guy in his 40's who dresses like that would.

Mike N.
Mike N.

He's a serious tool.

GDM
GDM

what a douchebag, that tool has no business hosting DDD

Yiiiip
Yiiiip

What a doofus, how did this turd ever become famous??

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