Gordon Ramsay says he’s never watched Hell’s Kitchen because “I’ve lived the nightmare once”

Gordon Ramsay insists he’s never watched an episode of his Fox reality competition Hell’s Kitchen, which returned last night for its fifth season, because he doesn’t want to relive the “nightmare.”

Because he’s Ramsay, though, he says it in a much more colorful way. In a video interview with Comcast.net’s Victor Balta, Ramsay first said that he constantly battles with the network. “Fox runs a show; I run a restaurant. We fight all day long. … They want to run a show, I want to run a restaurant,” he said, adding that “the challenges are real” and meaningful to him.

Because he treats the restaurant as real, even if it is staffed by incompetent asshats, Ramsay said, “I’ve never watched the show yet because I run a restaurant. How sad would I be if I had to go and sit home, sit there with my spaghetti bolonase, and say right, let’s watch the opening night.”

“What–after being there, in it, up to my balls in shit dealing with those muppets?” he asked. “No chance. I’ve lived the nightmare once; I’m not going back for fucking seconds.”

Why’s Gordon Ramsay So Angry? He Tells Us [Comcast]

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.