Travel Channel star Adam Richman’s new show, Man Finds Food, set to debut July 2, has been pulled from the network’s schedule, according to the Washington Post’s Emily Yahr. The decision comes after Richman got into a headline-making spat on Instagram in late June over his use of the term “thinspiration.”
The argument began when Richman posted a photo to his Instagram account showing off his new physique after his dramatic weight loss. His comment on the photo, which has since been deleted, included the hashtag “#thinspiration.” What Richman did not know—but soon found out—was that the term carries extremely negative connotations in the social media sphere.
According to XOJane blogger Amber Sarah, who participated in the ensuing comments quarrel, “thinspiration”—along with related terms, such as “thinspo” and “ana”—“is very popular in pro-anorexia and pro-bulimia circles,” used to label “pictures of emaciated bodies” and “tips, suggestions and motivation to either starve or purge.”
Sarah, along with many others, called Richman out for his use of the term. Richman did not respond well to the criticism. According to Mediaite’s Andrew Kirell, Richman replied to one commenter—Sarah’s friend—by writing “DILLIGAF,” an acronym for “Do I Look Like I Give a Fuck?” He also began “calling several others ‘[c*nts]’ and suggesting they kill themselves,” Kirell reported. (While the original Instagram post, including comments attached to it, has since been deleted, many sources, including the Washington Post and Jezebel, have obtained screengrabs.)
According to Jezebel, Richman apologized via his Twitter, writing, “Yes. I’ve responded to internet hate recently with vile words directed at those hating me. I am sorry, I should know better [and] will do better.” This Tweet has since been deleted.
Travel Channel has not confirmed whether the postponement of Man Finds Food is directly related to the incident; nor has it provided details about a future air date. The show was slated to feature Richman “on the hunt to uncover the most unique and surprising hidden food treasures across the United States,” Variety reported in mid-March.
According to Yahr, Richman, who also hosts the shows Man v. Food and Best Thing I Ever Ate, “is one of the network’s most profitable stars.”