Somebody feed Adam Richman a 20-pound cheeseburger already, because he seems to have a bad case of the hangries. The popular Travel Channel host—best known for his show Man Vs. Food, where he would eat things with enough calories to sustain an entire Sudanese village for a week in a single sitting—was supposed to star in a new series premiering tomorrow on Travel Channel. “Supposed to,” because the Travel Channel has now put Man Finds Food on indefinite hiatus, after Richman told a random person to kill themselves on Instagram.
A little background: After filming four seasons of Man Vs. Food, Richman found that he had put on over 60 pounds, as eating a 72-ounce steak (with sides) in a half hour will do to a person. So after the show wrapped, Richman lost his Man Vs. Food weight, posed naked in British Cosmo, and started posting pictures on Instagram with the hashtag “#thinspiration.” People then started criticizing Richman because “thinspiration” is a popular buzzword in pro-anorexia circles. And that’s when he really lost it. Here’s what he told one Instagram user, in a since-deleted post:
Maybe you’ll acknowledge that just because someone is on TV, they are no less worthy of human kindness, respect, forgiveness or patience...If anyone acts like a cunt I’ll call them one. It’s not misogyny, it’s calling a spade a spade.
Richman also told another critic to commit suicide, saying, “Grab a razor blade and draw a bath. I doubt anyone will miss you.” Richman has already apologized for his comments, saying he “should know better and will do better”—presumably while stroking the dogeared picture of a 19-scoop hot fudge sundae he keeps in his wallet.
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