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Apr 4, 2009 10:52 PM

Robert Irvine back at FN?

I just saw the new season of Dinner Impossibles' commercial on FN, and its Irvine they are showing. Is he rehired? I thought FN replace him with that new iron chef guy?

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  1. Just goes to show you that the execs at FN has very selective and very short memories.

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      1. re: Withnail42

        True. Did they use the same intro as before, trumpeting all of his imaginary triumphs?

    1. Yeah, I noticed him on a recent Dinner Impossible I watched, I was thinking it must have been a repeat that I had not seen, but I would love it if he is back, I love that guy!

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      1. re: cheri

        I love to watch him. I'm glad he is back. He is well liked with many people so why not.

        1. re: kchurchill5

          We liked him too..the show was better with him. Sorry Michael.

      2. FN keeping up with their high quality standards as always.

        JAG should get his show any day now.

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        1. re: Withnail42

          Jag looked like he had chops and charisma at least, and probably embellished the truth rather than throw out downright lies.

          It took a long time for me to remotely enjoy watching DI, and no, I actually found Symon more entertaining, and btw, I did not root for Symon in NExt Iron Chef.

          1. re: Icantread

            Yeah, I was rooting for Aaron Sanchez, myself.

            But despite him being a big fat liar, I really prefer Irvine on DI.

        2. Sounds like a new episode to me. April 8th.

          Bio looks somewhat the same with some editing.

          1. Does it really matter that a guy hosting a food show faked some stuff on his resume? He's on a food show, not in Congress. He's good on the show.

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            1. re: lergnom

              Totally agree, it wasn't right, he apologized, I would hate to think how many of our CEO's, VP and top executives have an accurate resume. I reviewed many top CV's for top positions and one may be surprised what is and what isn't. It isn't right I'm not agreeing to it, but ... it happens. All is clean and he is liked and committed to what he did. Move on.

              1. re: kchurchill5

                You mean all the top exce's who have run their companies into the ground and need bailout money?

                All isn't clean. He apologized bcause he got caught. Time to move on: That's just what Irvine said.

                Doesn't character count for anything these days? We’ve gotten so use to the lack of personal standards it has become the norm. The guy's a fake!

                1. re: Withnail42

                  I just know my fair share of top execs and they all seem to have something in their past that has been falsified. And true he should of come forth but didn't. character should mean more but now a days it isn't always the case. I like the show and obviously others do too. Give him a chance. Let him try to redeem. He will have enough time to prove himself so why not give him the chance.

                  1. re: kchurchill5

                    His resume has nothing to do with the show.
                    There's nothing more he has to apologize about or seek public redeption for. Even if he didn't bend and boast about his past makes no difference about the entertainment value of the Dinner Impossible show.

                2. re: kchurchill5

                  Robert Irvine made a mistake, he gave the usual mea culpa without
                  1) really saying WHY he did it.
                  2) He never faced the people who put money on his enterprises in Florida because they believed in his resume, in which he lied. At least I never heard about it.

                  It was the usual obfuscation, apology without saying he's sorry, etc.

                  Not to say that what he did was anywhere near what the wall streeters did but our willingness to forget and let people off the hook without forcing them to take responsibility for their actions is exactly why we are where we are financially. The truth matters, circumstances be damned.

                  Now, I am not saying he should not get the job back, I think he should but I also think he should take responsibility for his actions, especially for the people who invested in his restaurants and put out a real resume, with verifiable details about his real experiences, which is rather formidable as it is.

                  1. re: Phaedrus

                    He may have fluffed his resume, but I don't think it helped his career or celebrity persona, maybe it opened that first door.

                    Restaurants are a crap shoot even if you have a celebrity chef its no guarantee of investment success no matter who it is.

                    1. re: monku

                      He lied to get people interested and invest in his restaurants. He's admitted that much.

                      Certainly his lies must have gotten the attention of the FN people. He was an ex navy cook who sold dried fruit on-line hardly the back story that would interest producers.

                      How ever have to give him credit for thinking big. The lie about being knighted and the Queen personally giving him a castle is a classic.

                      1. re: Withnail42

                        All celebrities and I'm sure celebrity chefs have PR people working for them. I live in LA and know some who handle celebrities and I call them "Liars for Hire"......some of them will admit it some won't, but their job is to "sell" the client.

                        Do you know what lies he told the investors outside of what we all know was a questionable personal resume? I'm sure he sold the Robert Irvine persona. I'm not sure if he had any successful restaurant ownership to his credit.

                        Restaurants are just a bad investment in general no matter who it is or what the company might be listed on the NYSE or NASDAQ.

                    2. re: Phaedrus

                      I agree, he should take responsible for those who invested. And hopefully in time he will. He only screwed him self for future success and others too, but second chance, he is liked so see what he can do to start over fresh and with a clean slate.

                      We all make mistakes.

                      1. re: kchurchill5

                        What kind of responsibility should he take? Give them back their money?
                        Not knowing the details, I don't think fluffing his resume had anything to do with the failure of that restaurant. His celebrity status was from FN and anyone investing with him was because of that status, not because of his resume.

                        Anyone reading the prospectus for an investment in a restaurant will be warned that its highly speculative and there are no guarantees and can result in total loss of investment. It's almost a suckers bet from the standpoint that it's a crappy investment to begin with. A restaurant is considered successful if they can make a 10% net profit. When you figure you have general partners including the celebrity chef, how much of that 10% profit if there is any is going to get to the investors. Most of the time you don't even get any perks like free meals, the only thing you get is to say is you own a piece. Most of these celebrity's first or second restaurants succeeded because it put them on the map and the celebrity had his personal investment stake in it. The rest that follow are most likely limited partnerships with little personal investment of the celebrity except for their expertise and time.

                      2. re: Phaedrus

                        Why am I not surprised that TFN has him back? "He made a mistake; but he apologized" so everything is hunky-dory now? Yeah. He barely apologized. As you said - never a WHY he did it. Never seemed to have paid back those FL investors who invested in him because of his supposed resume.

                        Always astonished at the lack of responsibility in this guy. "Damn. I got caught. OK, throw up an apology but no explanation and see if it'll stick....oh, it will after a year? OK, I'll lay low and then come back."

                        It's slimy. Regardless of how much "entertainment" people get from his show - he's slimy.

                    3. re: lergnom

                      A lot of people will not get their job back, what makes this guy so special? Why can't he have any consequences?