"Kitchen Nightmares" celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay has been accused of sexual harassment by the owners of Amy's Baking Company after their appearance on the show's explosive season finale last May, according to RadarOnline.com
The tabloid gossip site reported that Samy and Amy Bouzaglo have been devastated by the fallout after the episode, which portrayed them telling customers to "go f— themselves," intentionally burning pizza that came back underdone, and pocketing their wait staff's tips. They claim the show edited the footage taken at the restaurant to misrepresent them.
In a YouTube video posted Nov. 5, Samy is seen chatting with a group of sympathetic female customers discussing the awful experience they had with the show.
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"You harassed my wife, sexually harassed, in the kitchen, he did. He did that," Samy said of Ramsay. "And we fired him. Don’t believe what he say, he left in the middle of the night . . . He wasn’t supposed to air our show. And they did, it was not finished!"
RadarOnline.com cites an interview Amy allegedly did with Jonathan Langdale in March in which she herself reiterated the harassment claim. She claimed Ramsay's lawyers wanted the video taken down, but she refuses to do so.
"I can’t take that video down. His lawyers wanted me to take it down and we said, 'F— you, we’re not taking it down. It’s true!'" she said. "Wait until you hear what he did to me sexually, wait until you hear how he harassed me."
The couple later appeared on Dr. Phil in April to explain their side of the story after the season finale that made them look so bad, and to many people's surprise did not mention the sexual harassment.
Instead, they continued their usual rant that the show misrepresented them and embellished the conflicts between customers, staff, and themselves for ratings.
"If I had known this much hate would be directed toward us, I would never have agreed to do the show," Amy said. "I want the world to know that we are real people. We are not cartoon characters. We are not those people that were portrayed on Kitchen Nightmares." She said that as a result of the show, "People have been saying the most disgusting, vile, horrific things to us."
Dr. Phil was skeptical of their claims, playing a clip of Samy cursing profusely at customers. Samy claimed he only yelled at them because he knew they weren't real customers, but rather actors planted by the show. Dr. Phil countered, saying his staff looked into it, and that the people Samy yelled at were indeed real customers, not actors.
Samy seemed to be flustered by this, and Dr. Phil launched into one of his usual lectures on how poorly the couple behaved and continues to behave.
It is unknown whether there are any lawsuits filed between the Bouzaglos and Ramsay or the show.
A "Kitchen Nightmares" spokesperson has denied all of the Bouzaglos' claims.
"The owners of Amy’s Baking Company continue to make baseless and inflammatory comments," the spokesperson said in a statement. "These ridiculous accusations are completely untrue."
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