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Guy Off the Hook

I watched a few minutes of this show, because that's all I could stand. All that shouting and the audience screaming every time Guy threw in another ingredient. Yuk. It reminded me of Emeril at his worst. Early Emeril, I should say, he hasn't been this obnoxious in years. I'm not inclined to watch again.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not a Guy Fieri hater. I love "Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives" and watched episodes of "Guy's Big Bite" until I got fed up with the sameness of them. I just think that FN is using him badly here.

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  1. Haha...yes, it appears he's this generations Emeril. Looks like the FN has "Kicked it up a notch!" Oh the humanity.

    1. Im actually a fan of Guy but his stuff is getting a little bit obnoxious.

      I like his personality on Diners and Drive-Ins but they are pushing it over the top here.
      Is it really necessary to have sunglasses on the back of your head in a studio?

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      1. re: yankeefan

        Did you get that from Bourdain? :}

        I agree though! I do like Diners Drive Ins & Dives; his personality suits the environment. However, I'm just tired of American themed shows that focus more on the "over the top" personality more than the food. I feel the same with the Neely's; while I'd love to have dinner with them, I just don't want them teaching me to cook on my TV.

        1. re: Nicole Glassman

          nicole, is it "american themed" to be over the top? or is that simply a choice in production values? i'd argue it is the latter. my case in point: univision/telemundo talk/variety show hosts! ;-)

          1. re: alkapal

            amen alkapal. whenever someone sez "only in America" - - it usually mean "just about everywhere"

      2. He reminds me of Poochie the Dog of Simpsons fame.

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        1. re: MaxCaviar

          Thats what I've always thought when I see him... LOL

          1. re: MaxCaviar

            Might be the best comment Ive ever heard. Poochie the dog is perfect.

            I was thinking more of a forced Fonzi but Poochie it is. He just needs to carried around the surfboard.

            1. re: MaxCaviar

              Next OTH episode - Poochie Jumps The Shark.

              New CH FAQ - all GF related posts must use the new moniker.

            2. I caught his "Diners..." show in FN while on vacation - I could just tolerate his on-air personality but did appreciate his finds and giving those little places airtime. Clones of this Guy move to LA every few seconds - really tired of them giving us native Angelenos a bad rap. I haven't seen this new show but based on what others here have said, I'm finding my general aversion to install cable/sat to be more of a blessing...

              1. this is their formula: push a fun, talented personality to caricature http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caricature



                to wit: emeril, paula, rr, guy.... (giada has escaped -- so far....)

                1. I've actually started to like guy on DDD, but this new show is odd to say the least, to me (and I only watched about 5 min) it was a lot like a bad infomercial.

                  1. He is hideous. I can't believe they ditched Emeril for this knucklehead! Diners, Drive-ins and Dives... OMG, I can't tolerate him cramming obscene amounts of food into his mouth and then trying to talk. GROSS.

                    And, don't even get me started on all his past-their-prime catch phrases.... "Money", "Off-the-hook", etc, etc, etc. Give me a break. He repulses me.

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                    1. re: chemchef

                      The problem, unfortunately is with FN itself. When it wasn't a real moneymaking station, it could afford to put shows on about actual cooking. Now those shows don't last because they don't the draw that Guy or R.R. has. I swear if you wanna see some of the better FN shows, you have to tune in at 7:30 on Saturday and Sundays...

                      1. re: Mattdub

                        Actually, they couldn't afford to put such shows on the air. Thus, they weren't a moneymaking station.

                        1. re: ccbweb

                          hu? They DID put those shows on the air. So, what are you saying exactly?

                          1. re: chemchef

                            First, I very much enjoyed the shows from the Food Network years ago with Too Hot Tamales, Grillin' and Chillin', East meets West and so on.

                            But, they clearly were not making enough money at that point to continue putting such shows on and broke through into the "mainstream" with shows that are often not liked by chowhounds and similar folks. Not enough people were watching for the channel to succeed. I'm saying if they'd kept doing that, the channel would have failed and wouldn't exist today in any format. I wish it were otherwise in many respects.

                        2. re: Mattdub

                          Wow, do I agree with that. The best shows I have to DVR are buried in the middle of the day and on weekend mornings. Other than Good Eats and Iron Chef, the night shows are miserable.

                          I did notice that this show is taking over for Emeril Live, I thought Emeril was a lot to handle but this guy needs to take it down about 4 notches.

                          Please, for the love of all that is holy, again, please take the sunglasses off of the back of your head when you are taping a show in a studio. Bad enough when its on the back of your head in a diner during your other show at night.

                            1. re: yankeefan

                              Its the wrist bands that kill me... oh, and the damn catch phrases every 5 seconds!

                              1. re: chemchef

                                The only thing I don't mind about him is......

                                never mind.

                            2. re: Mattdub

                              I agree Mattdub. FoodTV in the mid 90's was "money"

                          1. This seems to be the latest in FN's pattern. Getr a cheep little studio show, then get a travle show, next gt a live show.

                            I'm hoping that with guy getting his own live show that they are getting rid of Paulas Party...but saddly I fear that this is not the case.

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                            1. re: Withnail42

                              Why? Don't you enjoy watching a southern matron make an ass of herself in front of a live audience? Double entendres and flirtations with men a third her age don't turn you on? Watching people get schnockered on TV isn't your thing?

                              1. re: Phaedrus

                                Well, the Galloping Gourmet used to get a bit schnockered on air. But at least he taught you something BEFORE he got tipsy. :::hic:::

                                1. re: Phaedrus

                                  Perhaps it is when she picks the crumbs off of others and eat them or sticks her toung in places it doesn't belong...like the chocolate fondue.

                                  1. re: Withnail42

                                    Wow, it's been awhile since I've watched Paula Dean.I cut the cable ,so while I get basic, I don't get standard which for me here is SCI_FI,TLC,Food Network,etc.
                                    Looks I haven't missed much.I loved the old Japanese Iron Chef shows, and several others.Heck Food Network used to have a messageboard or forum which was fun, but they got rid of it a long time ago.
                                    I think Guy went down to Texas Pride BBQ out in Adkins ,Tx near St.Hedwig.
                                    St.Hedwig was named for the patron saint of Silsia and the second Texas town founded by polish immigrants, back in the 1800s.It's about 20 miles or so from San Antonio.

                              2. my opinion, just another example of right place, right time

                                1. We like him on DD&D...but we felt like we were "on the hook" with this show...and off it went.

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                                  1. re: melly

                                    I don't so much like 'him' on ddd, but love where he visits so I can get ideas when I'm out and about. good news also is, when I'm in a strange place, I can go on my iphone and find if he's been to a place where I currently am, then I can go, plus read up about what was so good about it, ie. burritos/taco's/meatloaf/breakfasts, etc.

                                  2. I've searched the boards, but can't find the definition of "Off the Hook." I assume it's a good thing, but when I was a kid, that phase meant that the handset was off the phone. Can someone explain? TIA.

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                                    1. re: Claudette

                                      claudette, you off da hook: http://www.urbandictionary.com/define...

                                      and guy, PLEEEASE lose the sunglasses-on-the-back-of-the-head thing. it is definitely NOT "off the hook."

                                      1. re: alkapal

                                        I now pretty much only watch food video online... But I have to say FN Canada has more "old school" cooking shows, and does a better job than it's bigger brother to the south.


                                    2. Haven't caught his new show, but "DDD" is pretty entertaing, as was Guy's Big Bite. What I really don't care for is the overuse of the word "money"--it kills me because I used to use that word all the time after Vince Vaughn pegged it in "Swingers". Guy ruined the use of that word for me. The sunglasses on the back of his head just reminds me of the nuns who taught me in Catholic school--they would always say "I have eyes in the back of my head so I see what you are always doing". Not a good visual. Get rid of the glasses. From what I've read here, though, I don't think I'll be watching this show. I'll stick with my new fave FN show--"The Cooking Loft".