David Page, a former producer of TV chef Guy Fieri's show 'Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,' says that the Food Network chef is homophobic. Page claims that in the early days of the show, he got a phone call from Fieri, who walked out of a restaurant angry: "Guy had decided that the two men running the restaurant were life partners. He said, 'You can't send me to talk to gay people without warning! Those people weird me out!'"
A spokesperson for Fieri defended the celebrity chef in a statement: "Guy’s reputation speaks for itself. He’s a standup guy who does right by people.He would never make the kind of comments attributed to him in this story (in City Pages), and anyone who knows or has even met him knows that."
Kari Kloster, a former 'Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives' field producer, who now works as a a vice president at Page's production company (Page is pictured above), backs up her boss' claims: "From my memory of being a field producer it's just well-known to me among the crew that Guy has a problem. If there was a homosexual in a restaurant, as the main character, the shoot went different."
In August, Page settled a lawsuit with the Food Network alleging that the company refused to give him access to Fieri, effectively making it impossible to produce 'Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.'