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

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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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16 Comments »

  • Craig said:

    This is great news loved the show, love the book and respect the man. Good job Robert

  • beltbuckle said:

    I agree, good news.

  • CAREN said:

    FUNNY, BUT I LIKED SYMON BETTER. LET THEM TAKE TURNS AND KEEP ‘EM BOTH.

  • Pfffffftttttt said:

    He didn’t take ANY responsibility – and “inaccuracies”? Wow – the Food Network really has that PR machine going full-strength, don’t they? He LIED, flat out simple.

  • TideMama said:

    who cares if he lied- he admitted it , lets move on. we love you robert -welcome back !

  • charles said:

    i love iron chef america, so i liked michael symon, and i loved dinner impossible, i watched every show with robert irvine, at first i didnt care for him, but liked the concept of the show, then i began to respect him, for what he did on the show, not for his resume, everyones lied on their resume, but after symon took over i watched 2 episodes and then just didnt watch it, it wasnt the same anymore, it would be like taking thirty minute meals, and keeping it exactly the same but take off rachel, and put ina garten in her place, he made the show, just like rachel makes thirty minute meals.
    welcome back robert!!!!

  • laura said:

    robert was way more exciting than michel…wlf….worked in bussiness can see it…a star shines…..even when you don’t rekonize

  • laura said:

    ROBERT!!!!all the way!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!WTF!!!!!!!!!!!!!Laura…any idiot can see it

  • giann said:

    im sooo glad robert is back!! always loved his show! loved his sense of humor despite his mission in a short amount of time..i was sad at first of what has happened but understandable..glad to know all is well now between him and the management of food network..

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  • sarahh said:

    i cannot stand irvine. he is completely unprofessional in the kitchen. the guy is a lying sack of garbage.

  • sandy said:

    Food Network lies when it says the Throwdowns are surprises. People have to auditionn for them….

  • Patricia Murphy said:

    Please just tell me that the annoying Robert Irvine will NOT be a FoodNetwork challenge participant.

    guaranteed,I will not be watching what WAS a very fave programme for me.

  • Patricia Murphy said:

    GEE, iS “MR ANNOYING” REALLY LEAVING RESTAURANT WHATEVER? AWWWWW

  • Patricia Murphy said:

    WHY IS MY COMMENT BEING CONTINUALLY ERASED??? I HAVEN’T REALLY SAID ANYTHING NASTY ABOUT “MR ANNOYING” ROBERT IRVINE.

    DO I NOT GET TO EXPRESS MY OPINION?

  • Patricia Murphy said:

    WELL, I GUESS I DO, THANKS SO MUCH!

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