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Chef, restaurateur, winemaker, fan art subject, and Food Network personality Guy Fieri has a reputation for being one of those “love him or hate him” types of people. On the one side are the folks who religiously watch his immensely popular Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, and on the other side are those who would rather he just go away.
Or so we thought.
A couple weeks ago, we launched a survey to see how people really feel about Fieri. There were six categories, all of increasing devotion to the King of Flavortown: The bottom option was “Guy Fieri ruined Food Network, promotes an unhealthy lifestyle, and his restaurants are atrocious. The world would be a better place if he were no longer a celebrity,” and at the top was “I love him! I Never miss an episode of Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, and love his style. His restaurants are great, too!” We asked our readers to weigh in through our social media channels, and a grand total of 2,910 respondents voiced their opinion. Here are the results. Drumroll please…
2.1%: I've never seen the show, but something about Guy Fieri just turns me off.
7%: I caught an episode once and had to turn it off after five minutes. He annoys me to no end and the food he promotes is gross and unhealthy.
9%: I catch an occasional episode, but have no opinion of Guy one way or the other.
12.4% Guy Fieri ruined Food Network, promotes an unhealthy lifestyle, and his restaurants are atrocious. The world would be a better place if he were no longer a celebrity.
15.1%: I love him! I Never miss an episode of Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, and love his style. His restaurants are great, too!
54.3% I Like Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives because it's cool to learn about all these funky restaurants. Guy is a good host, but I'm not obsessed with him.
So what did we learn? As it turns out, it’s actually a relatively small minority who either deeply loves or flat-out hates Fieri, with about the same number of extremists on both sides. In reality, the overwhelming majority of respondents fall somewhere in the middle and have a rather neutral opinion of Fieri himself, but enjoy watching his show because of the restaurants he showcases. Pretty interesting.