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After City Pages' truly entertaining feature on Guy Fieri and his ex-producer, David Page, Fieri's PR team has jumped in to protect the "nice guy" identity.
To recap, the original feature claimed that Fieri was homophobic and immature. In one headline-making portion, Page said, "Guy had decided that the two men running the restaurant were life partners. He said, 'You can't send me to talk to gay people without warning! Those people weird me out!'"
Turns out, both Page and Fieri are upset with the story (not surprisingly).
On Guy Fieri's Side: Fieri's PR team released the following statement:
"Guy's reputation speaks for itself. He's a standup guy who does right by people. He would never make the kind of comments attributed to him in this story, and anyone who knows or has even met him knows that. That Mr. Page made these sadly desperate statements says more about him than it does about Guy or anyone on the Food Network team."
On David Page's Side: Page nitpicked about his descriptors, claiming that he doesn't "stomp" through his office, but rather, "shuffles."
A portion of his email to City Pages: "You cherry-picked specific negative comments from every employee you interviewed, leaving every single positive thing they said to contextualize me on the cutting room floor."
And to clear up that homophobia claim, City Pages has released a second interview source to back up their piece.
"The crew pulled me aside and basically told me that I was going to have to tell Guy that this owner was gay and it was going to be a problem. From their experience with him, that was their advice to me," former producer Kari Kloster said. This is getting interesting.
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