Guy Fieri on Being ‘Demoralized’ By His Critics: If I Didn’t ‘Look Like Someone Who’s Whacked Out of Their Mind, It’d Probably Be Different’

05/16/2016 at 01:04 PM ET

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Guy Fieri is keeping it real.

The Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives star, who is known as much for his spiky bleach blonde hair and bowling shirts as he is for his cooking chops, recently opened up to Success magazine about his culinary career and the fame (positive and negative) that comes along with it.

“What you see is what you get with me. There’s no show,” he said. “I’m like anybody else…You get enough, you can get beat up. You can get hurt. You can get frustrated. You can get demoralized.”

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And Fieri has endured his fair share of critics, who have famously included fellow chef and TV personality Anthony Bourdain.  The Parts Unknown host slammed Fieri in the past for “being 52 years old and still rolling around in the flame outfit” and asking “What does he do? How does Guy Fieri de-douche?”

However, the celebrity chef is not letting they naysayers change who he is.

“If there are 100 people who don’t like me, 90 of them don’t have a reason,” he said. “Have I pissed some people off? Yes. Have I done wrong? I’m not sitting here saying I haven’t. But most of the negativity is entirely superficial.

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“If I probably didn’t have tattoos, or if I probably didn’t bleach my hair, or if I probably didn’t wear blue jeans and a T-shirt to fancy things, if I didn’t do things that make me look like someone who’s whacked out of their mind, it’d probably be different. But then again, that’s how I wanna dress. And I like my tattoos. And I like my hair cut the way it is,” he said.

And that means staying true to himself. “What am I supposed to do? Am I supposed to stop being me? If someone boos a quarterback, does that mean he stops throwing his favorite pass?” he said.

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Instead, Fieri is most focused on the things that really do matter to him: food and family. The father of two explained that his life goals were to open his own restaurant and be a a great father. “My dad’s my best friend,” he said. “So being a good father to Hunter and Ryder, spending time with them and teaching them, that’s No. 1 for me.”

–Michelle Ward Trainor

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reb on

I hate Anthonly Bordain. He has to be the most pompous db chef there is.

pcc on

Anthony Bourdain has absolutely no justification for calling someone else out for the appropriateness of their behavior in their 50s when he himself is still racking up tattoos and drinking and boasting about it like a frat boy and he is closer to 60.

I don’t know if there are people who really have a problem with Fieri’s persona, but I do know he opened a restaurant in Time Square which was widely panned.

Sol on

I don’t think he looks ‘whacked out of his mind’. He simply looks like a greasy douchebag.

Welp on

His ddd show is entertaining and informative. The other morning I woke up early and caught his actual cooking show and I was very surprised. I did not know he has 2 shows.

I used to like bourdains show on the travel channel but he has no room to talk and also he forgot how to cook soooo…..

Sandra on

Good for him, do you and those that don’t like it don’t have to watch it. I absolutely love Triple-D and as far as I am concerned there is no one better to host this show. As far as Ivan Ego (Anthony Bourdain) is concerned he can just eat a D and chill somewhere.

George B. Ewing on

There’s nothing wrong with Guys appearance or the way he does his TV shows. I’m a regular guy and Guys Big Bite is what drew me to him. The fancy pants chefs ain’t got nothing for the everyday folks. We don’t speak French or Italian and Guy knows that. Dinners, Drive-Inns and Dives are places that I’d eat at and in my town, I do. He’s set goals and attained them, maybe that’s what pissed off his critics. It doesn’t matter what the fancy, high end, 5 star restaurants charge or how they present their food, I wouldn’t eat there anyway, their below my standards. Have a good day, it’ll piss off your enemies. geo..

Nica on

Fieri’s style is a bit immature and he can be goofy but mostly I find him funny, at least on DDD. I don’t know if he’s a good chef or not but he’s still successful is his own right. I like Bourdain’s show but he can be a total douche, especially in interviews. And lately he’s looking like a dried out hot-dog, he really has no business criticizing anyone.

Mrs. B on

I like DDD, but I don’t particularly care for him (if that makes sense). The show is entertaining because of the places he visits, not because he’s all that great. Kermit the frog could host the show for all I care.

bah on

I have one of Guy’s cookbooks and it’s a favorite of mine! Some of the dishes are a little too complicated for my cooking skill level. However, overall it has a good variety of tasty recipes. I’ve also been to his restaurant at the Linq in Vegas – the mac-n-cheese burger was to die for. Folks should not judge him for his appearances. If how he dresses and does his hair gives him self-confidence, more power to him.

Summer on

I kind of like that he’s stayed true to himself despite becoming famous. He seems like a nice guy and good dad. DDD really helps the small businesses that make it on the show. He also has Guy’s Grocery Games that helps people win money for various personal and professional goals, or sometimes charities. I don’t really see Anthony Bourdain doing that. AB was born to wealth and has remained snooty because of it.

Anonymous on

I used to watch DDD all the time until I met this A hole in Cabo Wabo a couple of years ago. I asked his Bodyguard if it was possible to get a quick picture as our kids like his show as well and would get a kick out of it. His bodyguard said sure , went over to Guy and told him then proceeded to point to me. Guy turned his back, did three shots with his friends , made a 20 min phone call as I patiently waited. When he finally came over he said “what do you want? I said I just wanted a quick picture, He said Let’s get this overwith. Then he looked down at my chest and said ” Holy F&%#$ ing Motorboating ” Some other rude comments . He is a giant D Bag .. When I went back to my table mortified the table of 20 beside me were eyeing him up > I said Yes that is Guy and he’s here to sign autographs & meet fans… go over he’s not busy. Totally buzz kill for that slob.

guest on

Haters gonna hate no matter what. Bourdousche & the other snobby so called chefs are totally clueless and are JEALOUS of his success! Guy has more charisma in his pinkie than all of them combined. So Guy, please keep doing what you do and we will keep watching & supporting you, your tv shows, & your restaurants!

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