NFNS: FN Website Accidentally Reveals Outcome

Originally posted Friday, July 25, 2008.

By Pegasus News wire

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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