Billionaire Reportedly Paid Guy Fieri $100,000 to Be His Friend

Yes, money can buy pretty much everything

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Guy Fieri attends the 2010 South Beach Wine and Food Festival Grand Tasting Village on Feb. 28, 2010 in Miami Beach, Fla.

If you were a billionaire, how would you spend your money? According to a new book, at least one billionaire would drop a chunk of change to make celebrity chef Guy Fieri his friend for a day.

Allen Salkin’s new book, From Scratch: Inside the Food Network, claims that the embattled hedge fund manager Steve Cohen paid the Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives host to come to Connecticut and reenact an episode of his hit show with Cohen riding shotgun. Page Six quotes Salkin as saying that the billionaire “paid Guy Fieri $100,000 to be his friend for a day.” The two reportedly became real friends after the one-time payout.

A spokesperson for Cohen told Page Six that the story is not true, but said the two do know each other, which is something that avid fans of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives already know. One of episode of the popular Food Network show featured Fieri driving up to the Fairfield, Connecticut hot dog restaurant Super-Duper Weenie, mentioning that his “friends” Alex and Steve (a.k.a. Cohen and his wife) were the ones who told him about it. Fieri added that they invited him over to their house for dinner one night and the hot dog truck showed up.

The two friends may not have had much time to catch up over a watermelon margarita or plate of Awesome Pretzel Chicken Tenders, because Cohen, the founder of SAC Capital Advisors, is currently facing civil charges filed by the SEC claiming that he failed to prevent insider trading by two of his employees. According to Forbes, Cohen may be close to settling the case by paying a record $1 billion penalty.
Perhaps in his downtime Cohen should spend his time and money working on a reboot of Can’t Buy Me Love.

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11 comments
MelvinaRoselyn
MelvinaRoselyn

Money can buy anything I guess except not for the right reasons.

michael.e.lovett
michael.e.lovett

Of course this story is total BS. Just a PR campaign. This Billionaire guy probably is invested in the network.

SukeMadiq
SukeMadiq

I would pay money never to see obnoxious Guy Ferry on TV ever again.

DBrownWYO
DBrownWYO

"The two reportedly became real friends after the one-time payout."

No Way!


danwhy8
danwhy8

I would do the same 

aarongb907
aarongb907

Personally, If I were a billionaire I would pay $100,000 to keep his show off the Food Network...You can only call so many things "Freakin' awesome!" before it's a shtick.

JohnWoods
JohnWoods

@aarongb907 Or, here's another way to solve the same problem and save yourself $100,000, Aaron. Don't tune into the show. I know -- an incredibly genius way to save a lot of money. You're welcome.

SukeMadiq
SukeMadiq

@JohnWoods @aarongb907 

I like the concept of the show, but greasy Guy Ferry (his real name) is just so obnoxious.  The man is a pig and his attempt at jokes suck hard.

DeweySayenoff
DeweySayenoff

@JohnWoods @SukeMadiq @aarongb907 It would seem that the answer to the question "John, your real name isn't Steve Cohen by chance is it?" would be "Yes."

I don't know any of the people involved, but human nature dictates that anyone's "friendship" bought at all, let alone in such a public way, will be dubious at best.

JohnWoods
JohnWoods

@SukeMadiq @JohnWoods @aarongb907 I don't know him, but from the half-dozen shows-and-counting he seems to be in, he seems to me like an ultra-successful, roley-poley dude who enjoys life. He grew up in (or near) my home town in NoCal where a friend of mine from high school is really good buds with him now, and the friend says he's a really good guy in real life. I just find it odd that people can be so judgmental (even spiteful and hateful) of people whom they've never even met and who, from what it appears, have done little to warrant such criticism. All this criticism based on a persona projected on TV? Why is he a "pig"? Because he likes to eat? Or have you seen him committing acts worthy of that kind of condemnation? Does he treat women like garbage? That's a pig, but how do you, me, or anyone else who has never even met him know that about him. And as far as bad jokes: most people I know are far less funnier than they think they are.  You want to see bad joke attempts -- and from real pigs? Read 95% of the vile comments left after any article on the internet.