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Aug 22, 2007 12:12 PM

What happened to Dave Leiberman on FN TV?

I used to enjoy watching Dave cook Saturday mornings at 9 a.m. ET during my breakfast but now his show seems to be gone from FN altogether. Perhaps Dave did not have the requisite low cut blouses and cleavage the new FN stars seem to be required to have? He came across as likeable enough and his food was reasonably priced with not too exotic ingredients. I believe he was a personal chef and might have culinary training. Anyone out there know what happened?

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  1. i don't know, but i also noticed he seems to have disappeared... yes i found him likeable, nice guy, but really could not stand watching him...thought he was kind of boring and had little presence on camera. guess he wasn't "flashy" enough?

    1. I too thought he was pretty good- I think he is still on during weekends. Maybe he looked at Rachel Ray the wrong way? not sure but hope he comes back. Hate to admit it too, but I actually liked the husband/husband team that one the food network start. Thought that had some good food ideas that were actually worthwhile- oh well, cleavage will always win.

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      1. re: yankeefan

        Don't tell me those two guys that did the entertaining show are gone? I loved them!

        1. re: southernitalian

          Weren't they the first Food Network star winners? Were they really partners (as in not just a business sense but a romantic sense)? I haven't seen them in AGES. I'm pretty sure they are long gone.

          1. re: Elyssa

            Party Line with the Hearty Boys is their show and it is still on.

      2. Looks like he's been relegated to 7:30am on Sundays. That probably means they aren't going to renew the show and wanted to give his old time slot to the "Cooking with Cleavage" show de jour.

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        1. re: LabRat

          Yeah, I'm not getting up at 7:30 a.m. just to watch him. Another post commented on the "old, original" FN stars (Sara Moulton, David Rosengarten, etc.) were so much better than the ones on today. Hope they don't pitch Ina Garten just cause she looks like your next door neighbor. Really enjoy watching her as well. Could use less Sandra Lee also.

          1. re: Diane in Bexley

            I loved Sara Moulton. I really wish they would bring her Cooking Live show.

            1. re: Diane in Bexley

              And honestly, how many shows does Tyler need? They should limit them to two or three. I miss the old crew. Although I have to say, I'm beginning to grow weary of Emeril. The mouth watering audience makes me a little uncomfortable. I would never make any of the food he prepares. Alton kind of bores me too.

            2. re: LabRat

              LabRat, I think those Saturday morning airings are reruns.

            3. The issue/problem with Leiberman was that he went to Yale (maybe it was Harvard) which means he is smarter than all the FN execs combined. So he had to go.


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              1. re: Withnail42

                The more I think about the good people they get rid of (lieberman, moulton, juan cruz ) the more upset I get that sandra lee is still on. what a joke!

                1. re: yankeefan

                  Sandra Lee's starting to look good compared with Mama (Let's Party!) Deen (aka The Old Horndog) & her Buffoon sons! What a travesty. But then it's the downward spiraling FN...

                  1. re: Sarah

                    Great point on PD, she literally molests people that are on the show. It is quite disturbing and hard to watch.

                    1. re: Sarah

                      Sandra Lee is the worst excuse for a "cooking show" ever. Has anyone actually MADE any of her recipes? Yuk! Not to mention her demeanor (cutesy ad nauseum with costuming to match). One can only imagine, with that long hair, flying in the wind so to speak, as to how much of it actually lands in the mixing bowl. Yummy.

                      1. re: Gingergirl

                        Not defending SL and her show (which I rarely see) but just saying the "yuck" factor is just as if not higher on other shows. I mean,SL's ridiculous, any/every show featuring asian cooking is an occasion for sticking chopsticks in her head!

                        1. re: Sarah

                          The budget for her show must be through the roof! She has an electronic mixer in like 10 different colors...not to mention a different set for every recipe she cooks. She sucks so hard its incredible! The absolute worst out of anyone to ever step foot on the FN. I think the Halloween shows I've seen are the most painful. She dressed up like Cher or something. So stupid!!!!

                          1. re: Elyssa

                            I remember seeing one show where she made some cocktail that had layers, and the top layer was grenadine. She took a sip and it wasn't mixed and said how good it tasted. LOL, that can't be good!

                            1. re: Elyssa

                              wait, YOU don't have an electronic mixer in 10 different colors?

                              And don't tell me that you don't have a new tablescape whenever you entertain?

                              1. re: Jeserf

                                LOL at "tablescape". I have to admit I wanted to like the idea of using store-bought items to make cooking easier/faster. I'm usually tired when I get home from work. But her show is some kind of remnant of the crafty HGTV type shows from the 90's imo.

                          2. re: Gingergirl

                            Again, not trying to defend Sandra Lee, but I find her really fascinating as a throwback to the housewives of the 1950's. If you look at everything she makes and how she presents it, she is a modern day 1950's housewife, from the cocktails with every dinner to the theme dinners and tables. I would make almost nothing she prepares, but she is very relaxing to watch, though I'll admit it, I've used some of her "tablescape" ideas when it suited the occasion).

                      2. I remeber not too long ago he was doing some sort of webcast...for some reason I feel like it was a traveling cooking show of some sort. But not really on the Food Network...just on their website.

                        I liked the guy---thought he was cute but I didn't watch his show too often. But I've looked at his recipes online and thought they were really good.

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                        1. re: Elyssa

                          Dave is awesome - and from Philly. So bonus points for the cutie from the block!

                          I'm starting to think that TVFN just wants "entertaining" shows, and not cooking. Dave was teaching some skills - what is a good meal to cook on a budget, or what ingredients to use to maximize a dollar - very valuable skills.

                          on the other hand, they continually pop out crap with tablescapes (Sandee Lee), music and cleavage (that terrible new one), or specials that are irrelevant to 99.99% of the population.


                          But BF and I are enjoying feasting on asphalt and how chubby Alton seems to be getting. We welcome him into our club!

                          1. re: Jeserf

                            I like Feasting on Asphalt. Alton is a favorite, although his sense of humor is a bit strange at times.

                          2. re: Elyssa

                            Dave did a Web-based TV show for the Food Network's Web site a year after he launched his TV show. But it was only for a year and I think Food Network didn't renew it.

                            But Dave is still online doing his shows, now for Yahoo. You'll find it here:

                            If you want to catch up on Dave (he's mostly back to writing cookbooks and touring to promote his books), then you can check his Web site (with cute photos):

                            I think his current relationship is with Macy's, which is why he's doing a lot of appearances at stores across the country.

                            I found him very likable and cute, and his recipes always were simple and easy looking. He reminded me of Jamie Oliver of Naked Chef, but less frenetic. Like Jamie, I think Dave realizes he doesn't need the Food Network and can just do it himself online.

                            1. re: singleguychef

                              Macy's!!! Oh Dave, I thought you had so much potential. I HATE Macy's. Brand marketing that caused the death of all the major department stores in the USA (Lazarus, Marshall Field's, Shillito's, Ayres, etc.) Haven't been to Macy's since they destroyed retail merchandising. Shame on you Dave for becoming too commercial.

                              1. re: Diane in Bexley

                                Diane, I am in agreement with you. I am not a fan of Macy's either. But sometimes we all have to do things we don't like to pay the bills. Look at it this way, since Food Network is choosing talentless hacks over quality, what's a guy to do? He's found an outlet where he can still keep in-touch with his fans and possibly gain more fans which will enable him to stay in the public eye. Rather than judging him, given he's been shafted by the Food Network, support him by going down to your local Macy's when he comes to your city. The more his fans support him the quicker he will be able to pick and choose his projects. I have to say I would have preferred he partner with Whole Foods rather than Macy's.

                                1. re: seattlelady

                                  Don't feel that bad about his fate. He's now starring in a earth-crunchy commercial where he shills for Kraft Cheese. I'm not sure even James Beard, the grandfather of the bizarre product endorsement, ever sold out quite that shamelessly.

                              2. re: singleguychef

                                "dave does" is the title of the fn webisodes, and they are still on the site:

                                just watched the one on foreign bbq -- informative, but he chews with his mouth open! geck!