In a new report, Page is claiming Fieri displayed some very bad behavior from sexism to homophobia. "Anytime any woman mentioned 'cream,' Guy went into a sexual riff," Page told City Pages. "When cutting the show, you had to tell the editors to watch Guy's eye line, because it's always on breasts."
It didn't stop there.
Fieri reportedly needed "advance warning" when working with homosexuals. Page said he once got a phone call from the host after he walked out of a restaurant.
"Guy had decided that the two men running the restaurant were life partners," Page said. "He said, 'You can't send me to talk to gay people without warning! Those people weird me out!'" City Pages reports from then on show researchers had to note indications of homosexuality during the location screening process.
The two reportedly continued to clash on set, especially when it came to money.
Fieri authored several successful 'Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives' books and reportedly promised to "split" the proceeds with Page Productions. The company got nothing. Page said Fieri approached him asking to use some of the show's research material for the second book. However, the production company wasn't going to be paid.
"They were demanding tremendous research from my people, and pictures, but they didn't want to pay for them," Page said. "Guy said to me: 'You know, it's true: Jews are cheap.'"
Page sued Food Network earlier in 2011, saying the network breached a contract. The network then filed a countersuit, saying Page violated his contract and mistreated his staff. Page was removed from the show after Season 11.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the disputes were settled in August 2011. Page's comments come in the wake of the settlement.
Both Fieri and Food Network declined to comment on City Pages's original report.