I awakened Saturday morning to a barrage of media and harassment regarding an article published by the Daily Post, followed by countless other gossip rags, about how I’m coming clean about MasterChef being fake. This was news to me!
I want it made clear that I have NEVER spoken to ANYONE from the Daily Post or ANY other gossip rag… I was not contacted about their article. This “breaking news” article is pieced together from blog posts I wrote many years ago. I was not asked permission to use any of the content they used. And I find it amusing that while their article seems to condemn MasterChef, and reality TV in general, for piecing together content and presenting it completely out of context…that’s exactly what their article did.
The blog post it referenced was a years-old post saying “farewell” to MasterChef. I no longer want to be associated with the brand, I no longer watch the show, and I don’t really want to think about it any longer. I am truly grateful for what it brought me…a horde of amazing foodie fans around the world…many dear, dear friends from across the seasons who’ve become as important to me as family…and enough exposure that I’ve been able to not only start a really cool underground restaurant, but do lots of charity work around the country to benefit those in need. I was nothing but clear that MY OWN EXPERIENCE with the show was excellent, and I wouldn’t have changed anything about it. The post was not meant to be a condemnation of MasterChef, but to encourage people to treat ALL television as entertainment rather than actual reality, to avoid developing character judgements about reality TV contestants whose content is highly edited, and to encourage folks to spend their time doing quality things that improve themselves and benefit the world at large.
I find it both endlessly amusing and deeply depressing that a washed-up reality TV star’s blog from years ago can be considered relevant and news-worthy enough to be making the gossip rag circuits. I also find it amusing that these rags seem to think it’s “news” that reality TV is engineered. Everyone with half a brain knows this. I have no desire for this attention and will not address any comments related to it…I’ve long since put MasterChef out of my mind and have moved on to other things!