If you’re even a casual cable television flipper,
there’s no doubt you’ve stumbled across at least one episode of Diners, Drive-Ins and
Dives. But how much do you really know about it? Here’s a look at some things even big fans
don’t know about Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. For a piece of food programming to become
as wildly successful as Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives has been over its 30-season run,
you’d think it would have to have been assembled by a crack team of grizzled Food Network executives. Not so! According to Alan Salkin in his book From
Scratch: Inside the Food Network, series creator David Page was working as an investigative
news producer for ABC and NBC when he decided to make the leap into food-related programming,
eventually working with Al Roker on specials for the Food Network. He spent months pitching show ideas to Food
Network programming executives before striking television gold in 2006 with Diners, Drive-Ins
and Dives. Success wasn’t all it was cracked up to be,
though. In 2011, after being fired from the show as
producer, Page accused host Guy Fieri of sexist, homophobic, and anti-semitic behavior. In an interview with City Pages, he alleged
that Fieri had walked out of a restaurant during filming because he believed the owners
to be gay. Page said, “Guy had decided that the two men running
the restaurant were life partners. He said, ‘You can’t send me to talk to gay
people without warning! Those people weird me out!'” Page also said that he had to step in to prevent
Fieri from making inappropriate comments with female restaurant employees. “Anytime any woman mentioned ‘cream,’ Guy
went into a sexual riff. When cutting the show, you had to tell the
editors to watch Guy’s eye line, because it’s always on breasts.” Further, he alleged that Fieri made anti-semitic
comments to him during a dispute over book royalties. “Guy said to me: ‘You know, it’s true: Jews
are cheap.'” Needless to say, Fieri denied the allegations
in a public statement that read in part, “Guy’s reputation speaks for itself. He’s a standup guy who does right by people. He would never make the kind of comments attributed
to him in this story, and anyone who knows or has even met him knows that.” Nothing says roadtrip like a good old fashioned
greasy spoon on the side of the highway. And if you want to plan a road trip around
visiting some of the dive joints featured on the show, you’re in luck, because a number
of fan websites including tvfoodmaps.com and flavortownusa.com have mapped out the locations
of all the featured establishments. So jump in your convertible and grab your
Tums, because it’s time for a road trip! If you’ve toiled for years under the false
impression that Guy Fieri was the lead singer of the band Smash Mouth, you’re not alone. It wasn’t until the real Steve Harwell’s surprise
appearance on a 2010 episode of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives that we realized: There’s TWO of
them. But Harwell wasn’t the only celebrity to grace
the doorstep of Triple-D. Throughout the years, the show has had a number of celebrity guest
appearances, including Matthew McConaughey, Kid Rock, and the cast of Grown Ups 2. According to the book From Scratch: Inside
the Food Network by Allen Salkin, billionaire hedge fund manager Steve Cohen once paid $100,000
to be Fieri’s bro for a day, during which they drove around Cohen’s home state of Connecticut
and visited various diners, re-enacting a “fantasy episode” of Triple-D. Cohen has denied
this weird allegation, but the two became good enough friends that Fieri eventually
visited Cohen’s favorite joint, Super Duper Weenie, on a real episode of Diners, Drive-Ins
and Dives. “Now, I’ve been hearing a lot about a place
called Super Duper Weenie in Connecticut. I have friends who live in Connecticut, Alex
and Steve.” Long before anyone had thought to prop sunglasses
on the backs of their heads, you know, opposite the location of your eyes, conveniently located
in the front, and before every American in the country knew what “Donkey Sauce” was,
Triple-D frontman Guy Fieri got his start on television in a different way: hawking
Flowmaster mufflers in 2001. “Don’t be fooled with these imitations. The quality’s not there! For extreme durability, maximum horsepower
and torque, Flowmaster delivers true American built performance!” Turns out the guy can actually sell anything! Check out one of our newest videos right here! Plus, even more Mashed videos about your favorite
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