The Travel Channel has called off the debut of food host Alan Richman's new show after his Instagram rant in reply to critics of his use of the #thinspiration hashtag.
The controversy started earlier this month when Richman used the hashtag while talking about his recent weight loss, according to the Washington Post
. Richman, who became famous gorging on food on Travel Channel shows like "Man v. Food" had mentioned how proud he was of his healthier lifestyle.
Some viewing Richman's Instagram page took offense to the #thinspiration hashtag, charging that the term has been connected to glorifying anorexia and bulimia and responded to Richman.
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Richman replied with crude comments, cursing some commenters while suggesting that one commit suicide, according to xojane.com
"It doesn't feel good to be called out publicly when you do something wrong, especially by multiple people," wrote Amber Sarah on xojane.com. "It's uncomfortable. But these responses are completely unacceptable. He then went on to 'apologize.' But this apology was completely invalidated in the comment section, where he waxed poetic about people being oversensitive and pandered to his fans instead. I for one am extremely disappointed by the fact that he's obviously not learned anything from this incident."
The Post reported that the publicity from the xojane.com story and other bloggers caught the attention of the Travel Channel, which led to the delay of his "Man Finds Food" show, which was originally slated to air this week.
"The show, featuring Richman uncovering 'delicious hidden food treasures' across the country, was supposed to debut on July 2," wrote Emily Yahr of the Post. "Then the channel suddenly announced it would be postponed with no details about a later date. A surprising move, given that Richman is one of the network's most profitable stars, the host of shows including 'Man v. Food,' 'Best Thing I Ever Ate,' 'Adam Richman's Best Sandwich in America' and others."
Richman issued a public apology Tuesday morning on ABC's "Good Morning America."
"I've long struggled with my body image and have worked very hard to achieve a healthy weight," Richman said in his apology. "I'm incredibly sorry to everyone I've hurt."
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