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Sep 4, 2007 08:14 AM

Giada Should Apologize

I think Giada owes a huge apology to the contestants she judged on TNFNS. It was covered in a number of threads about how rude, condescending and yes even bitchy. She was talking down to these people who had little or no on air experiences as if she was the all no knowing high priestess of things. She seemed to have little patience or sympathy form the contestants. I should point out that I wasn’t a big fan of this group either and I thought she was down right nasty to them.

Then a while back (after TNFNS) much to my surprise there was Giada sitting in as co-host on the third hour of Today. None of the contestants were as bad as she was. For a woman with broadcast experience there was no excuse for how amateurish she was. If anything it makes her performance all that much more pathetic. Talking to the wrong camera. When not starring blankly and occasionally blinking she would read (badly) from her script like a shy middle-schooler doing a presentation in front of the class; starring down the whole time. She could never get her timing right resulting in dead air or her talking over people. It was stunning to see someone who has had a great deal of media exposure and experience be so bad. Especially considering the arrogance and disdain she seem to show the contestants.

Admittedly, probably with the benefit of coaching, practice and experience, she has gotten better. But she is still by no means great passable at best. This has given her the opportunity to be a regular co-host on the new forth hour of Today. It just seems like she was full of hot air and could not come close to the standards she set for others.

I think she should call them up and apologize for her bad attitude and not being able to live up to her own hype.

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  1. I didn't watch TNFNS (I thought it was a little lame and I personally prefer Top Chef) but I have caught Giada on the Today Show...and she is pretty painfully bad. She does well on the cooking segments they use to bring her in for occasionally but she is not in any way ready or made for the rest of the normal show. She is just bad, bad, bad and she has been on as a co-host a few times now doing non-food related stories.

    I think there is a big difference on what she does on the Food Network and what she does during live tv. She is not made for live tv...she clearly needs a few takes.

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      1. jfood watched GL on the Today Show and it was painful and jfood really likes her cooking show on FN. Won't get into too much detail of the vibes from Today but not good.

        Then Mrs Jfood watched her cooking show one day and had a great observation. First let's remember what family Giada comes from. Then let's take a look at the show, it is a perfect presentation of a script, carefully shot, perfectly cropped, expertly edited. mrs jfood commented that it was more a movie production than the old Galloping Gourmet. Compare that with Lidia's show, which looks like a handheld casio home movie camera, or Marios with three stiffs or Bobby's backyard in NJ.

        The Giada FN show is great, but once she gets off script, her nastiness can not be left on the cutting room floor.

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        1. re: jfood

          I saw her recently on FN on her travel show. She was in Paris, I think, with her husband, and I was surprised at how badly she treated him. She was dismissive, made comments to him that bordered on real sarcasm (unless that's her sense of humor that I don't get), and in general seemed to look upon him like he was an idiot. He didn't speak much on the show--proabably b/c she was the focus, not him--but who can blame him if that's how she treats him?

          Plus, she was recently on the cover of Town & Country. Obviously her press people are working overtime.

          1. re: gloriousfood

            I saw part of that same show. But when ever I saw it she was always eating something Italian. She went all the way to Paris to eat Italian food.

            1. re: Withnail42

              Are you sure she wasn't in Rome with her husband? I saw them eating gelato and riding around on a Vespa. I believe there were even some coins thrown in the fountain? I thought she was very sweet to her husband and kept calling him pet names. I've never seen her on Today but I like her Everyday Italian show. The only thing that bothers me about her is that she uses her maternal grandfather's last name. I'd love to see her birth certificate. What's up with that?

              1. re: southernitalian

                No it was Paris for sure. She proshuto(sp) snadwhiches in Les Jardins Luxmbourg and tomatoe mozzarella salad at l'Atellier.

                Intresting about the maternal last name thing condsidering that she has always made a big fuss about making it on her own without any family help.

                1. re: Withnail42

                  I could swear she did an episode in Rome with Todd. Oh well.

                  1. re: southernitalian

                    I saw the Rome episode too-very similar to the Paris show except she was a lot nicer to Todd in Rome -not so much in Paris. She is getting a lot of exposure way too fast. They are doing to her what they did to Racheal Ray. Soon people are going to be tired of her too, and I like her. Is it that hard to find new hosts for new shows? Apparently from TNFNS it is......

                    1. re: southernitalian

                      Sorry I'm late with this, but she did one in Paris and Rome. And I had the same thought of why in the world she ordered Italian in Paris. Not even a little bit cute.
                      I find her recipes so simple, and so redundant. A wonton with chocolate? A cake made with polenta? Hey I've only seen it about a hundred times.
                      I cringe anymore when she comes on.

                      No wait, the best flop was when she was Bobby Flay's sous chef on Iron Chef. He look embarrassed for her.

                      1. re: chef chicklet

                        I thought she did more actual cooking on that show than Rachael Ray, who spent most of the show stirring a custard and then inexplicably was declared the winner.

            2. re: jfood

              JFood and Mrs JFood are spot on.

              1. re: jfood

                FYI JFood, Bobby's backyard, if you are referring to the Boy Meet Grill set, is actually an outdoor stage at Silvercup Studios in Queens. You can see it from the 11th Street Approach to the 59th Street Bridge, heading into Manhattan.

                Just so you know.

              2. Anyone else see her on the special they filmed in Florida, or wherever it was, that included all of the star chefs doing their own little segments in front of the live audience? People went crazy for each celeb chef, including her. She couldn't even cook pasta, she said that when she films her show, all the prep work is done for her, so when's the last time she's boiled noodles? She even had someone from the audience try to help her and when that failed, she said, "You guys want me to try again or you want me to sign autographs?" -They wanted autographs.

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                1. re: Azizeh Barjesteh

                  The problem was with the wind on the beach and the stove. I wasn't her.

                  1. re: dsquarefla

                    They were in a huge tent.... and everyone else used the stove.

                      1. re: dsquarefla

                        Sure, weather changes, but in the interview after all she said was she never has to make pasta herself, it's all done for her before the show.

                2. I didn't think she was any different than how anyone else treated the contestants. And she's certainly not any worse than how judges are on Top Chef or, even worse, Gordon Ramsay is. I think she's being called out for being a successful woman.

                  I recall several of the judges of TNFNS saying there's no winner among them - that's just plain mean. Giada never came close to saying anything that mean.

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                  1. re: pgokey

                    the comparison to gordon ramsay is apples to oranges.

                    he's not a judge on the same show, and the way he treats the contestants on HIS show is his 'thing' and everyone knows that. it is called 'hell's kitchen,' after all.

                    i've seen every episode of every season of tnfns, and she was probably more rude & conescnding to those contestants than any other judge has been. alton brown wasn't even nasty to rory when she sniped at him, and he would have been justified!