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Biggest Headline of 2008: The Fall and Return of Robert Irvine

For Food Network star Robert Irvine, 2008 was dicier and more stressful than completing any challenge on Dinner: Impossible.

In February, news surfaced that the show's host had embellished his résumé. Many of Irvine's claims — that he was a KCVO Knight, awarded a castle by the Queen of England, attended the University of Leeds, and helped make the wedding cake for Prince Charles and Princess Diana — turned out to be made up.

The news, once it broke, seemed to be career suicide for Robert Irvine.

Food Network immediately distanced itself from Irvine, failing to renew his contract and replacing him as the host of the show with Next Iron Chef winner Michael Symon.

Last month, Food Network announced the near-impossible: It would be bringing the fallen Irvine back to host the show again. Many of you were excited about the turn of events, as you love Chef Symon but thought he was better suited for Iron Chefdom, anyway. New episodes with Irvine will debut in March 2009. Will you tune in to watch him again?

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AliRub AliRub 7 years
I think it's awesome he's back !!!! I protested when he left. So what that he fudged on his resume'. Who doesn't ?! Michael didn't fit on a show that Robert made clear....crystal clear was his !!! Michael is good as an Iron chef, but not as something Robert started and belonged on.
Zeus001 Zeus001 7 years
It is great the Robert Irvine is coming back.....I don' think Michael Symon was the right choice. I hope that Robert was able to get a better deal for his contract.
DivaDivine DivaDivine 7 years
I'll be watching. I kinda stopped watching after Symon took over. There's something about him that I don't like on this show. Robert is wildly inventive in extreme situations (like the deserted island scenario in the Bahamas). I'm sure ratings must have dropped for Food Network to reconsider hiring Irvine. Liar or not, apparently the man can cook!
sandy82 sandy82 7 years
I missed the posting in February. I had no idea he lied on his resume. I always wondered why he disappeared. Symon is ok, but Irvine is so much more entertaining!
starangel82 starangel82 7 years
Yippie. I tried to watch DI with Symon, but I quit. Yeah, Irvine may have embellished his resume, but hopefully he's learned something here. I'm glad they're bringing him back.
strangerbusi strangerbusi 8 years
Yes, I stopped watching it when he left. But I'm excited he'll be back. One smart move for food network. They cancelled almost all the cool shows.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
well i think that it's much more common than you think to have people embellish their resumes - and this is just another example of that. irvine really made an effort to make amends and to try to clear his name and admit to what he did. i think that it was also a smart move for the network seeing as how they know who gets them ratings and all that.
playwithfood playwithfood 8 years
I love Robert Irvine, and have continued to watch his reruns. While it is never good to embellish one's resume, we have forgiven public people for a lot more!
digigirl digigirl 8 years
I will watch him. Although I like Symon, I like Irvine too and I found him entertaining on DI. Although lying is inexcusable, I did read some articles that indicated that it wasn't really so much a flat out lie as a build up of exaggerations over time. None of us is perfect - hopefully he's learned his lesson and we can get back to what matters - the food!
AmberHoney AmberHoney 8 years
I hate lying with a passion, but I like him on DI - what can I say.
fjaril fjaril 8 years
It's about dang time! I watched maybe 5-10 mins here or there of the new guy and couldn't stand him. I'm going to put it back in the tivo.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I liked Robert Irvine on Dinner Impossible. I mean, yeah, so he lied about his experience, but why should that matter if he was able to improvise like that? Some of the stuff he made was really creative and he never really failed to impress the people who ate the final meal. I'm glad he's back!
flyingroo flyingroo 8 years
I'll do more, I'll restart watching D:I, I've stopped when Michael Symon was brought in - although I cheered for him when he competed to become an Iron Chef, D:I was really not his piece of cake. Falling ratings for the show determined FN to bring back Irvine - I hope he asked for more money hehehe
ohkate ohkate 8 years
yes. I liked him on dinner: impossible. there's just something about a beefcake british chef yelling at you about how much time is left before the deadline is up.
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