“Man vs. Food” host Adam Richman’s reputation with the Travel Channel appears to have taken a tumble.
Several days after Richman, 40, suggested that a fan on Instagram commit suicide following a social media argument over the use of the term “thinspiration,” the network is now reportedly pulling his newest series, “Man Finds Food,” from its summer schedule.
According to a report from the Washington Post, the program, which stars Richman on his quest to find “delicious hidden food treasures” across the nation, was removed from the network's Wednesday lineup. It had been set to premiere at 9 p.m. EDT. While many are speculating that the move is in reaction to Richman’s latest scandal, the network wouldn’t confirm the reason for the series' delay.
Richman, who recently dropped 70 pounds, sparked outrage last week after posting an image of his newly trimmed figure on Instagram, the caption including the controversial hashtag “thinspiration,” which had been used to promote eating disorders. After one blogger reportedly attempted to “politely” explain the term’s true meaning, the TV host reportedly went on a rant against fans opposed to his post, telling one fan, “Seriously grab a razor blade & draw a bath. I doubt anyone will miss you.”
After posting and removing multiple apologies on social media since the incident, Richman released an official statement Tuesday, apologizing for his “inexcusable remarks.” “I’ve long struggled with my body image and have worked very hard to achieve a healthy weight,” he told ABC News. “I’m incredibly sorry to everyone I’ve hurt.”
While “Man Finds Food” won’t be making its way to airwaves anytime soon, TMZ is reporting that Richman’s other new series, “Food Fighters,” is still scheduled to premiere on NBC July 22 at 8 p.m. EDT.
Richman has starred on Travel Channel’s “Man v. Food” since 2008 and has also made appearances on “Adam Richman’s Best Sandwich in America” and “Amazing Eats,” among others.