Friday, July 25, 2008
Food Network website accidentally reveals outcome of Next Food Network Star
We only watched it because a Dallasite was a contestant anyway.
Rut-ro, someone at the Food Network's head's gonna roll: On Thursday night, its Web site accidentally, prematurely revealed the outcome of the The Next Food Network Star, whose finale is on Sunday, July 27, three days away.
The boo-boo was caught by Nancy Nichols at D Magazine, who got a tip from a commenter and hit the site, where she found exit interviews with the two losing contestants and a clip of the "Winning Moment", wherein the winner was revealed.In addition, a pull-down menu offered a new show called Big Daddy’s House.
By 1 a.m., the Food Network site had been scraped, then rebuilt to hide the evidence.
It's the perfect capper for a show that had become a whipping to endure. It attracted local interest only because Dallasite Lisa Garza, co-owner of Suze, was a contestant. The show forced viewers to withstand the increasing ickiness of Food Network executives Bob Tuschman and Susie Folgelson; there's a reason people who are behind the camera are behind the camera. And last week's episode, where contestant Aaron was inexplicably allowed to continue on to the finale despite his poor performance, reeked of stacked deck and pre-determined outcome. Oops, hope that isn't too much of a hint about who the final winner is.
Posted by T.G.