Adam Richman, host of the NBC show "Food Fighters," is sorry for his Instagram rant last month and wants to put the incident behind him.
The rant resulted in the Travel Channel indefinitely postponing the premiere of his new show, "Man Finds Food." Looking back, Adam realizes his mistake and said it won't happen again.
"Simply put, I got into a silly social media argument, and I lashed out in just a really inappropriate, really crude way," Richman told the Today Show. "I'm incredibly sorry about my actions. My mom raised me better than that, and I was raised to know human beings don't talk that way to each other. And if you're someone on television, it's irresponsible."
The brouhaha erupted June 25 after Richman, who's understandably proud of his recent 70-pound weight loss, posted an Instagram photo using the hashtag #thinspiration.
Adam wrote on the caption of a photo of himself in a suit, “Had ordered this suit from a Saville Row tailor over a year ago. Think I’m gonna need to take it in a little. #thinspiration."
Fat Activist Accused Richman of Promoting Eating Disorders
Write Amber Sarah, a self-proclaimed "fat activist," accused Richman of promoting the eating disorders anorexia and bulimia with the hashtag "thinspiration," a commonly used term among the pro-anorexia and pro-bulimia communities. Sarah and others accused Richman of being insensitive to people with eating disorders.
Sarah told Adam the #thinspiration hashtag “glorifies negative media self-imagery that being thin is better as opposed to any other body style.”
It appears Richman was not aware of this terminology, but got defensive after being verbally attacked by Sarah and a throng of her supporters. Adam lashed back, writing, "Do I look like I give a f***?" and, "grab a razor and draw a bath. I doubt anyone will miss you."
Adam later apologized for his "inexcusable remarks." In his apology, Richman confessed he has struggled with body image and battled weight issues for years, and asked for forgiveness.
I've long since struggled with my body image and have worked very hard to achieve a healthy weight. Instead of responding to hurtful comments with compassion, I lashed out in anger. I'm not asking for sympathy, but rather understanding and forgiveness. I can say with certainty that I'm taking a deep look at myself and I'm incredibly sorry to everyone I've hurt."
The Travel Channel didn't directly comment on Richman's behavior, but merely confirmed that Adam's show, "Man Finds Food," had been postponed indefinitely.
Adam Lost 70 Lbs With Low-Carb Diet and Exercise
It was a sad turn of events for Adam, who had made the cover of the July 2014 issue of Cosmopolitan magazine spotlighting his jaw-dropping 70-pound weight loss.
The 6-foot-tall Richman shed 70 pounds in 10 months by following a low-carb diet that eliminated white flour and starches. For exercise, Adam did cardio exercise and strength-training workouts and played his favorite sport: soccer.
Richman insisted he lost weight for his health, but admitted he's enjoying his new hunk status. "I went from an XXL to an L in 10 months," he said. "Now I wear slim-cut suits. People no longer call me a teddy bear. Do I miss the food? Sure, but not as much as I enjoy the benefits of being at a healthy weight."