Next Food Network Star 4 accidentally reveals its winner online

The finale of Food Network’s Next Food Network Star 4 airs tonight at 10 p.m. ET, but the winner was revealed on the show’s web site late last week. Interviews with the show’s three finalists, Lisa Garza, Adam Gertler, and Aaron McCargo, were posted on the site, and revealed which of the three won.

That person is (highlight to read) Aaron.

D Magazine first reported the accidental reveal and said that the site “posted the ‘Exit Interviews’ for the two ‘losers’ and the ‘Winning Moment’ clip for the winner.” They have since been removed.

On Friday, a Food Network representative released a statement to D Magazine that said “FoodNetwork.com experienced technical difficulties last night. As our viewers have seen on The Next Food Network Star this season, many twists and turns have taken place during the show. We encourage all to tune in on Sunday at 10pm to see who will be the Next Food Network Star.”

In the history of bullshit statements from a network, that one ranks pretty high, starting with the “twists and turns” reference, as if the accidental reveal was just another crafty twist, never mind blaming the whole thing on “technical difficulties.” Lame.

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