Adam Richman has shown us all how to lose a television show over a hostile rant directed at one of his Instagram followers. Richman became famous for eating anything and everything on his popular show “Man Vs. Food”, but it was a rant on the social networking service that was his own undoing.
It all began when, following the show, Richman lost 70 pounds and began showing off his progress on Instagram. Unfortunately, he used the hashtag “thinspiration”, causing his fans to question his meaning. The term “thinspiration” is mostly known to those who use unhealthy means in order to lose weight and refers to those who are suffering from eating disorders. Having known that ahead of time, Richman may still have a television show, but his responses to his followers were pretty vile.
He told one follower to eat a bag of s**t, while he directed another to “grab a razor blade and draw a bath”, stating that he doubts anyone would miss them. Another he told not to hold her breath on an apology: “No apology is coming … Only f—up it seems was your Dad’s choice to go without a condom.”
After his entire rant went vile, the Travel Channel decided to pull his show, “Man Finds Food”, before the first episode aired. In response, Richman did apologize for his ranting ways. He said in a statement: “I’ve long struggled with my body image and have worked hard to achieve a healthy weight. I’m incredibly sorry to everyone I’ve hurt.”
Is he merely apologizing because he thinks it will placate those he’s offended enough to get his job back? Or do you think he is being sincere in what he’s saying?
What do you think of his show being pulled from the air because of an Instagram rant? Perhaps in the future he may think twice before telling off his fans?