Adam Richman who had an upcoming television series “Man Finds Food” on the Travel Channel found his show pulled, according to a Washington Post article on Tuesday. The food star’s show which was to feature Richman uncovering delicious hidden food treasures across America was suppose to begin on Wednesday. In light of Richman’s online social media misbehavior in the past week, the network has said that Richman’s show will not air as scheduled. Furthermore, there is no future date given for the show’s debut.
In spite of Richman’s bad behavior, it is reportedly a surprise that his show has been cancelled – for now. It is a surprise because he is obviously one of the network’s most profitable food stars. He has hosted many shows in the past, including “Adam Richman’s Best Sandwich in America,” “Man v. Food,” and “Best Thing I Ever Ate.” In spite of his extreme popularity, the network has obviously decided that it cannot excuse his rant on Instagram which went public recently. Richman made incredibly poor headlines when he engaged in a rant laced with expletives.
About a month ago, Richman was very proud to announce his weight loss. He reportedly lost some 70 pounds after having engaged in years of doing a lot of eating for his television programs. Along with his words of self-praise, he posted photos of his slimmer self on Instagram. He wrote alongside a photo that he had ordered this pictured-suit from a from a Saville Row tailor over a year ago. He concluded his post with the words, “Think I’m gonna need to take it in a little…” and a hashtag written as #thinspiration.
Richman didn’t know that the word is considered very sensitive to many persons. It has been reported that “thinspiration” is a very well-known and popular pro-anorexia and pro-bulimia terms among people who follow the topics. When it was pointed out to Richman that the “thinspiration” hashtag was inappropriate, he responded by writing “DILLIGAF?” That term, as many on social media can testify, means “Do I Look Like I Give a F---?”
From there, things reportedly got even worse. Many others commented to Richman that they were not only offended by the #thinspiration hashtag, but also offended by his “DILLIGAF?” response to the offended.
Rather than backing down at that point, Richman fueled the fire by expressing he was not happy with being criticized. Richman wrote, “Maybe you’ll acknowledge that just because someone is on TV, they are no less worthy of human kindness, respect, forgiveness and patience… Give me a <blanking> break.” He continued, “If anyone acts like a <blanking>, I’ll call them one. It’s not misogyny, it’s calling a spade a spade… if my use of the hashtag offended you, it was unintentional & for that I’m sorry.” From there, more persons dumped on Richman.
As the onslaught of social media comments kept coming in against Richman, he did the nearly-unthinkable. He suggested that one of is Instagram critics kill himself. As Richman wrote, “Grab a razor blade and draw a bath. I doubt anyone will miss you.” His vile writings also told one critic that the only thing that was <blanked> up was the critic’s Dad’s choice to go without a condom. According to the report, there were many more crude comments made by the television food star.
Finally, after finding his comments had been publicized and gone viral, Richman backed down with an apologetic tweet on Twitter. He wrote, “Yes, I’ve responded to Internet hate recently with vile words directed at those hating me. I am sorry. I should know better and will do better. Prior to that, he wrote, “In real life, if you say stuff you regret in anger, you cool down, apologize and move on. If you’re a celeb on social media, it becomes a blog.”
On Instagram, he also explained that if he had known what #thinspiration meant to so many people, he never would have used it. As recently as Tuesday morning, Richman delivered an apology to ABC’s “Good Morning America.” In that statement, he said the he has long struggled with his body image and he has worked very hard to achieve a healthy weight. He concluded by stating that he is incredibly sorry to everyone he has hurt. Nonetheless, “American Grilled,” a show which challenges people who love to grill, will be broadcast in place of Richman’s new show on Wednesday.