“Bizarre Foods" host Andrew Zimmern was zapped from his prime time spot on the Travel Channel after he stirred controversy by saying Chinese food in the Midwest is served in “horses***t restaurants."
Discovery, Inc. has moved the celebrity chef's two shows “Bizarre Foods" and “The Zimmern List." into an alternating graveyard slot on early Saturday mornings, Page Six reported. Filming was stopped on both shows and is not expected to resume.
What did he say?
Zimmern's comments were intended to promote his Midwestern Chinese restaurant chain. But in turn he offended some members of the Asian-American community. The James Beard Award-winning chef said: “I think I'm saving the souls of all the people from having to dine at these horses *** t restaurants masquerading as Chinese food that are in the Midwest."
Responding to Zimmern's comment, Ruth Tam wrote in the Washington Post: “[He] has the noble cause of 'saving' white people from eating bad Chinese food. When Chinese people make Americanized Chinese food for white people, Zimmern calls it 'horses - - t.' But when he does it, it's 'unique.' "
She added: “Zimmern simultaneously denigrates Philip Chiang…and elevates himself to the position of being the person capable of opening middle America's eyes to the myriad regional cuisines of a vast, diverse culture."
Following backlash over his comment Zimmern offered an apology: “I am completely responsible for what I said and I want to apologize to anyone who was offended."
A Travel Channel spokesperson told Page Six that Zimmern's comment was not the reason the time slots were changed for his shows.
According to the spokesperson: “The shows, along with other food content on Travel, will no longer air on prime time, but on Saturday mornings in rotation. This decision came before Andrew's comments were made."
It appears no changes were made for his shows on the Cooking Channel and the Food Network, the report stated.