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Food Network Getting Sued Over “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives”
Posted on May 17th 2011

Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives has the dubious distinction of being one of the only shows I absolutely, unequivocally can not force myself to watch. Fieri is an obnoxious bearded troll of a man,  and the sound of him moaning while he’s shoving unidentifiable haunches of meat into his mouth makes me die inside. I’ve silently wished to the heavens many times that this horrific piece of shit show would be canceled – and my wish finally may be coming true.

The producer of the series (Page Productions) is suing the Food Network in federal court for “breach of contract.” You can download the whole document here, but according to my vast legal expertise (read: three business law classes at UConn) it basically says:

  1. In 2007, Food Network retained Page Productions to produce and deliver seasons 12-14 of the show.
  2. Food Network was responsible for “furnishing the services of the host” and paying his salary. Fieri’s fee was “separate from the budget for the series” because he’s a diva bitch like that.
  3. Page Productions is suing Food Network for “failing to provide the services of the host” and “failing to make payments required by the contract.”

Page Productions alleges Food Network told them they “would not comply with its obligations under the contract and would not allow Page to produce the series after season 12.”

If Food Network couldn’t “retain services” of the bearded troll, does this mean Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives is going to be canceled? Or do they just want out of their contract with their current producer? It will be interesting to see how this one plays out, and we’ll bring you more info as it becomes available.

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