Adam Richman is quite contrite after his diatribe on Instagram. One of his shows on the Travel Channel was being pulled off the air due to his social blunder. However, he apologized again yesterday morning before the premiere of his new NBC show, "Food Fighters" on Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET.
Adam Richman of Food Fighters fame got into a silly argument awhile ago on Instagram and the controversy it generated caused one of his programs to be cancelled.
Later on in an interview ABC’s “Good Morning America”, he apologized for his harsh Instagram comments. “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,” he said.
And he apologized again in an interview for his last month's "inappropriate" and "crude" Instagram comments for several people due to which one of his shows on the Travel Channel being shelved.
He admitted that it was a stupid action of his and that his mother had brought him up in a better way than how he had actually reacted in his rant.
"Simply put, I got into a silly social media argument, and I lashed out in just a really inappropriate, really crude way, and...I'm incredibly sorry about my actions,'' Richman told Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb on TODAY Tuesday.
"Even more so, I know that my mom raised me better than that, and I was raised to know human beings don't talk that way to each other, and if you're someone on television, it's irresponsible."
The fact that you are a media personality meant that you had to be very careful indeed regarding every word that came out of your mouth. The whole shebang got started when Richman having lost 70 pounds put up a pic of himself in a suit on Instagram.
He labeled it with the hashtag #thinspiration. But that was when the crude comments started pouring in regarding such thinness being related to anorexia and other eating disorders.
“Thinspiration” is a actually a term used by "people with eating disorders, who use the word to consider what they eat and do as they try to lose weight in unhealthy ways," Amber Sarah, writer of “adipose activist” blog, told Richman.
Sarah has also posted the Richman's Intagram picture with caption (which Adam deleted later on with all the comments). See the viral Instagram post below that has the problematic #thinspiration term in it.
Adam Richman captioned the above Instagram: “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”
The problem was Richman’s behavior in response to the comments by several people. He just went bonkers. He called one of the commentators a curse word and said to the other one to go and commit suicide.
Sarah also posted some screenshots of Adam's Instagram comments in her blog. See Adam's comments below.
Today, he confesses that it was very childish and extremely irresponsible of him to have done such a thing. Besides his meekness in the Today interview, Richman also showed his guilt and said sorry while on radio.
"It's inexcusable kind of behavior,'' Richman told TODAY hosts.
He also spoke of how the competition on his show Food Fighters was so intense and it was all such an exciting battle of the chefs. He would not want the show to end up going off the air just because of a stupid mistake he had committed in a huff.
"My whole thing is so many people worked so hard on 'Food Fighters,' and these home cooks cooked their hearts out, that I would hate just hate for my lapse of judgement to overshadow some really great work,'' Richman said.
The whole controversy began over his use of the word “thinspiration” which is commonly used in pro-anorexia and pro-bulimia sites on the Internet.
Of course, Richman had no idea that the word carried such negative connotations and so he unknowingly lashed out at the commentators. The result was a storm in a teacup.
And by the time Adam said sorry, it was too late and the damage had been done both to those passing the comments and to his show. However, his latest apology comes in advance of the premiere of his new NBC show, "Food Fighters."
NBC's Food Fighters will award up to $100,000 in prize money for the winner cooks. Actually five amateur cooks will fight against five professional cooks in the show. And Adam also apologized on a radio show early Tuesday morning before the premiere of his new NBC show "Food Fighters" that will air on Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET.