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Did The Food Network Scam Everyone? Turns Out Robert Irvine Never Really ‘Gone’.


irvineAll you have to do is read the comments by our readers about Robert Irvine being fired to know that most Dinner Impossible  viewers wanted him back, but what we didn’t know was that his replacement Michael Symon was from the start only a temporary host and that the Food Network planned to bring Irvine back all along.

When the Food Network announced they were bringing Irvine back, they made it sound as if it was because Robert was contrite and worked to repair the damage done by lying to his fans-

“Our audience has continued to demonstrate its interest in and support for Robert,” said network spokeswoman Carrie Welch. “He has taken responsibility and made a conscious effort to clear the air, rebuild the relationship with Food Network and apologize for the earlier inaccuracies.”

But according to Joe Crea/Cleveland Plain Dealer-

In a telephone interview from Anguilla, where he is attending the wedding of his agent Scott Feldman, Symon explained that the terms of his agreement required that he not reveal the duration of his contract for the show.

“Right from the get-go, we knew Robert was probably going to come back and do the show – but we couldn’t say that,” Symon said. “There was a lot going on with him that he needed to clear up. They [Food Network] told me, ‘You’re the only one who can do it, keep up that level.’ ”

“We didn’t ‘lose’ [the show],” Symon added. “I knew going in that there was a 95 percent chance that he’d be coming back. We really want to keep this brand alive. So we came in, rocked out the 10 shows, and moved on.”


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