Scripps Networks Interactive has pulled its second cable television show in two months because of public controversy with its stars.
Adam Richman, Travel Channel host of such programming as “Man v. Food” and “Best Thing I Ever Ate,” has had his newest show pulled from the lineup after he got into a nasty Instagram exchange with other users, including one Richman told to go kill herself.
“Man Finds Food” was slated to begin airing Wednesday, but Travel Channel postponed the debut two weeks after the host lashed out at Instagram users who took issue with his use of the hashtag #thinspiration.
The word is commonly used to promote eating disorders. Richman, who recently lost weight, posted a photo with the caption: “Had ordered this suit from a Saville Row tailor over a year ago. Think I’m gonna need to take it in a little #Victory #EyesOnThePrize #AnythingIsPossible #fitness #transformation #thinspiration.”
Richman released an apology today to ABC’s “Good Morning America,” saying, “I’ve long struggled with my body image and have worked very hard to achieve a healthy weight. I’m incredibly sorry to everyone I’ve hurt.”
A Travel Channel spokesperson confirmed the network’s decision a week ago to postpone the show but declined to comment further.
Scripps Networks Interactive has had a history of taking a hard-line stance against stars whose conduct is unbecoming to some.
In May, the company canceled a new reality show that was slated to air this fall on HGTV after it became public that twin brothers Jason and David Benham held anti-gay views.
And last year, Scripps Networks decided not to renew Paula Deen’s contract with Food Network after the Southern chef admitted in a legal deposition to having used racial slurs.