NFNS: FN Website Accidentally Reveals Outcome

July 25, 2008 at 8:50 am 5 comments

I stumbled on this just this morning.  No need to watch Sunday night unless it was a hoax:

Friday, July 25, 2008

Food Network website accidentally reveals outcome of Next Food Network Star

Rut-ro, someone at the Food Network’s head’s gonna roll: On Thursday night, its Web site accidentally, prematurely revealed the outcome of the The Next Food Network Star, whose finale is on Sunday, July 27, three days away.

Here is a photo of one of the three remaining finalists on <em>Next Food Network Star</em>, which just coincidentally happens to be Aaron.
Here is a photo of one of the three remaining finalists on Next Food Network Star, which just coincidentally happens to be Aaron.

The boo-boo was caught by Nancy Nichols at D Magazine, who got a tip from a commenter and hit the site, where she found exit interviews with the two losing contestants and a clip of the “Winning Moment”, wherein the winner was revealed.

A commenter noted a pull-down menu with a new show called Big Daddy’s House. Does anyone need another hint of the identity of the winner?

By 1 a.m., the Food Network site had been scraped, then rebuilt to hide the evidence.

It’s the perfect capper for a show that had become an absolute whipping to endure. It attracted local interest only because Dallasite Lisa Garza, co-owner of Suze, was a contestant. But the show forced viewers to withstand the increasing ickiness of Food Network executives Bob Tuschman and Susie Folgelson. There’s a reason people who are behind the camera are behind the camera. And last week’s episode, where contestant Aaron was inexplicably allowed to continue on to the finale despite his poor performance, reeked of stacked deck and pre-determined outcome. Oops, hope that isn’t too much of a hint about who the final winner is.

Posted by T.G.

If this is true then Aaron McCargo Jr. wins the Amy Finley Express Ticket To Nowhere.  Finley has said that she didn’t want to do anymore Food TV because she felt that people didn’t think she belonged there.  I think a year from now, McCargo may feel the same way.  I hope he is as noble with it as Finley has been.  I mean, Aaron wasn’t bad, he just wasn’t good.  This contest is not about finding the Next Food Network Star.

Here are some screen captures of the site before TFN fixed it:

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  • 1. Food TV Baffles Me Sometimes « Wannabe TV Chef - Blog  |  July 25, 2008 at 11:51 pm

    […] one of the worst performances of anyone in the history of the show last week and now (thanks to a network blunder) we know that he is the winner.  Fixed!  Well, actually Mary Nolan was the real winner.  […]

  • 2. Country  |  July 26, 2008 at 2:50 pm

    Adam served raw food twice! And has one good performance and some people are in a tizzy over them not letting Aaron go! Lisa looks so hyper cooking I wouldn’t watch her but thing is Aaron had cooked the best dishes and he deserved to be judged by his over all perfomance instead of one night. I can’t believe anyone would think Adam should had stayed sending Aaron home just because Adam did better one time. Amazing. Aaron was the best cook, has the best personality, and did just fine on camera on the side lines which means he will be great at that, too! And lets not forget he is in first place of the remaining three on the foodnetwork poll.

  • 3. SP  |  July 26, 2008 at 2:59 pm

    Under ‘more info’ there are links to other publications covering this.

  • 4. NFNS: We Have a Winner! « Wannabe TV Chef - Blog  |  July 27, 2008 at 1:47 am

    […] Star trackback Okay, so who won isn’t the news going into tonight’s finale.  Unless, the leak was a hoax or they re-taped the ending pretty much everyone knows that Aaron wins, but no one […]

  • 5. NFNS 5: Why Should I Watch? « Wannabe TV Chef  |  June 7, 2009 at 9:12 am

    […] there was the slip on the web site.  Apparently, some web geek accidentally revealed the outcome of the show days before the final […]


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