Guy Fieri Makes More in an Hour Than Most People Make in a Year (or Two)
The Food Network Star Was Paid $100,000 to Be at a State Fair for an Hour
See that photo at left? Yeah, we pretty much want to put it in the middle of a dart board and start throwing. But clearly, we're not the majority, because Guy Fieri is getting paid, y'all!
How much? According to The Smoking Gun (via TheBrasier.com), Fieri was recently paid $100,000 to show up at the New York State Fair, where he spent an hour "playing classic rock, name dropping local restaurants and talking about cooking with kids."
As TheBraiser.com points out, not only is ol' Guy raking in a lot more dough than the average guy, but he also makes more than fellow TV food dude Buddy Valastro (which we're cool with, since Valastro has become his own kind of annoying and overexposed) and, more disturbingly, twice as much as talented, bestselling, actual musicians like country music legends Loretta Lynn and The Oak Ridge Boys.
The really puzzling thing is why Fieri is still in such demand that he can, well, demand, such fees.
You cannot turn on the Food Network without seeing his spiky-haired presence, with those sunglasses ridiculously slung on the back of his head … yes, that's the photo we really want for our dart board.
Why pay for what you can see on TV every single day, multiple times a day, any time of day?
And, again, we acknowledge that, obviously, the Guy has fans, though we're amused to report that his fellow chef, the entertainingly cranky Anthony Bourdain, is also not among them.
Bourdain called Fieri's new New York City restaurant -- Guy's American Kitchen and Bar -- a "terror dome," and said the Times Square eatery "single-handedly turned the neighborhood into the Ed Hardy district."
Still, at the end of the day, with those $100K checks landing in his lap for every hour-long appearance he makes, you know who's laughing all the way to the bank?