Anthony Bourdain’s feud with fellow celebrity chef Guy Fieri continues, as Bourdain said his comment mocking Fieri as a douchebag was a joke. Bourdain was responding after Guy slammed him for “talking sh*t” about him.
“I tell jokes about people sometimes,” Tony told E! Nov. 24 (see video). “If you can’t tell jokes about Guy Fieri, comedy as we know it is dead.”
The feud started when Bourdain, 59, said becoming a father in 2007 made him grow up. “The first second you see your daughter’s head corkscrew out of the womb and open her eyes, they are pretty much saying, ‘Lose the Ramones shirt,'” Tony told Atlanta magazine. “So I’ve made some adjustments in my life.
I sort of feel in a heartfelt way for Guy. I wonder about him. He’s 52 years old and still rolling around in the flame outfit. How does Guy Fieri de-douche?”
Bourdain also joked about Guy’s clownish appearance, saying he looks like “Ed Hardy f-cked a juggalo.” Fieri hit back by saying Bourdain runs his mouth but doesn’t have the guts to insult him to his face.
“I don’t like him making fun of people, and I don’t like him talking sh*t,” Fieri told GQ. “He’s never talked sh*t to my face. He’s definitely gotta have issues because the average person doesn’t behave that way. You have nothing else to f*cken worry about than if I have bleached hair or not? I mean, f*ck.”
This isn’t the first time Bourdain has slammed his fellow celebrity chefs. In fact, Tony’s caustic wit is part of the reason for his immense popularity. In 2012, Bourdain blasted Food Network alum Paula Deen for exploiting her diabetes by timing her diabetes revelation with the announcement of a lucrative drug endorsement deal.
Bourdain ripped Deen for hiding her diabetes for three years and only came forward with the news after she had secured a contract to shill an expensive diabetes medication.
When your signature dish is hamburger in between a doughnut, and you’ve been cheerfully selling this stuff knowing all along you’ve got Type 2 diabetes, it’s in bad taste if nothing else.”
Tony said he sympathized with Deen for her diabetes but was annoyed by the money-grubbing manner in which she announced her illness. “This isn’t about diabetes,” he said. “Diabetes is a terrible illness that is epidemic in this country.
“[To announce you have Type 2 diabetes] and then turn around and roll out a $500-dollar-a-month diabetes treatment, I find that in excruciatingly bad taste,” said Bourdain. “It’s unconscionable, cynical and greedy. [She makes] $30 million a year. How much money do you need?”