Former Man vs. Food host Adam Richman has made a lot of headlines lately for his dramatic weight loss. After stuffing his face on TV with five pound omelets and wings so spicy they make you vomit, Richman decided to get serious about his health and ended up dropping a ton of weight, even posing provocatively for the UK edition of Cosmo.
But now, Richman has gotten himself into a whole mess of trouble. It all started when he posted this picture on his Instagram account last week:
The caption read “Had ordered this suit from a Saville Row tailor over a year ago. Think I’m gonna need to take it in a little…#Victory #EyesOnThePrize #AnythingIsPossible #fitness #transformation #thinspiration.”
Many took exception to the use of the term “thinspiration,” as it has been used as a mantra by the deeply sad pro-anorexia/pro-bulimia blog movement (yes, it exists) and often comes attached to advice on how to starve/purge and horrifying pictures of emaciated people. It’s really, very, not good.
XO Jane contributor Amber Sarah did not appreciate Richman’s use of the word, and one of her friends tried to explain to him in a comment why it was offensive. After all, it’s entirely possible it was simply an innocent mistake on his part; “thinspiration” is not exactly the world’s most clever word play. Richman, however, responded with “DILLIGAF,” an acronym for “do I look like I give a f***?”
OK, not a great look for Adam, but maybe he just thought someone was trolling him and he just wanted to brush it aside. Sarah suggested her followers tell Richman not to make light of eating disorders, and they did just that. The response from Richman was ugly at best:
So, yeah, about Richman's upcoming Man Finds Food show for the Travel Channel? The one supposed to debut tonight that has been heavily promoted for the last several weeks? That’s not happening anymore.
The network quietly announced that the show would not air, saying only that “Travel Channel is postponing the July 2 series premiere of Man Finds Food.” This morning, Richman released an apology to Good Morning America, saying “I’ve long struggled with my body image and have worked very hard to achieve a healthy weight. I’m incredibly sorry to everyone I’ve hurt.”
Will the apology be enough to save his show, or has he gone past the point of no return? Time will tell, but it is not looking good for the once-portly host. Let’s hope he doesn’t eat his feelings.