Adam Richman, the popular TV host who once battled unique food dishes on a weekly basis, has had his new show yanked for comments he made over Instagram.
Richman, who lost 60 pounds after leaving his popular Man Vs. Food show, was to premiere a new concept, Man Finds Food, on the Travel Channel starting on July 2, but the network today pulled the show from the schedule after Richman’s public battle with fans on his Instagram account. Richman’s weight loss, post Man Vs. Food, has made the actor, one time sushi-chef, author, and Yale graduate a converted health nut.
Richman lost the weight by changing his diet and participating in soccer workouts. The dramatic shift in body mass led Richman to pose nude for the July issue of Cosmopolitan UK surrounded by soccer balls, just as the World Cup tournament was beginning in Brazil.
Last month, Richman posted a few pictures of himself, now much lighter than when he put his stomach up against culinary monstrosities like a four pound hamburger, or hot wings tossed in the hottest sauce on earth. As reported in The Washington Post, Richman tagged his photos with comments like:
“Had ordered this suit from a Saville Row tailor over a year ago. Think I’m gonna need to take it in a little…. #Victory #EyesOnThePrize #AnythingIsPossible #fitness #transformation #thinspiration”
It was the “#thimspiration hashtag that caused a fan to call him out on for “shaming” and pushing the concept of “thin.” The commenter went on to argue that the term “thinspiration” was very pro-anorexia and pro-bulimeia, two eating disorders where a person strives to be thin by starving themselves or by causing real physical harm by purging. Richman responded by telling the commenter to “Grab a razor blade and draw a bath. I doubt anyone will miss you,” which is an obvious suggestion for the commenter to go kill themselves.
Richman has since tweeted apologizes, but the tweets have since been deleted from his account. Jezebel posted the tweets in a recent story, but the negative publicity forced The Travel Channel to act, and they’ve done so by postponing the new show indefinitely.
Richman went on Good Morning America on Tuesday morning and apologized yet again. His comments from the ABC morning show, taken from The L.A. Times, read:
“I’ve long struggled with my body image and have worked very hard to achieve a healthy weight. I’m incredibly sorry to everyone I’ve hurt.”
According to the Chicago Tribune, Richman posted an update on Facebook after the network pulled the show.
“The show will not be airing on July 2,” Richman said on Facebook. “Still waiting for a (sic) airing date for the show. Stay tune (sic) MFF fans!”
There is no word from The Travel Channel if further discipline will be handed out. Man vs. Food is still a very popular show on the network, and has yet to be pulled off the schedule.