Ex-Marine challenges Gordon Ramsay to a fight, gets taken down by the show’s set

Last week’s two-hour Hell’s Kitchen 6 premiere ended with former marine Joseph charging Gordon Ramsay and challenging him to a fight. The dramatic conclusion aired at the start of last night’s episode, and was, of course, nowhere near as exciting as the deceptively edited preview suggested it might have been. However, it was unexpectedly hilarious.

After refusing to answer Ramsay’s questions, which led to Ramsay insulting him, Joseph said, “Want to talk some shit? Let’s step outside.” Throwing his jacket to the ground, because real men strip before they fight, he charged up to Ramsay and crew members dressed in black appeared, standing to the side but between the two men as Ramsay said, “Do you think I’m scared?” He might not have been, but it’s a lot easier to say that with two or three burly men ready to back you up.

Joseph eventually exited, giving the other contestants a reprieve from their incompetence, and between puffs on a cigarette, said during his exit interview, “I don’t need this shit. I don’t need some limey fucking prick talking to me like that. … Anybody would fucking hire me to work in their kitchen, and they’d be proud to have me there.” Because who wouldn’t be proud of an employee so unstable they’d threaten others to a fight? Maybe he’ll find work where his skills are most useful, like in an elementary school cafeteria, where he can use his culinary skills to offer teaching moments: “You want some fucking mashed potatoes? How ’bout we step outside and I fucking mash your face in, you ungrateful little prick?”

The best part of the confrontation came when Joseph walked away from Ramsay and unleashed a torrent of profanity–“Fuck you. Fuck you. You ain’t nothing but a bitch. Fuck you, you fucking bitch. Fuck all of you all”–while holding up his middle fingers. Then the show’s set got into the action and gave him his comeuppance. Watch below to see it; I’m just sad there wasn’t a slow-motion replay or three, even though it wasn’t anywhere near as dramatic as what we see on Wipeout:

The Quest ends its journey stronger than it began

Verlox from The Quest

A review of the finale of summer's best reality series, which wasn't always perfect but was thoroughly entertaining right down to the finish, which included phenomenal challenges and special effects. Will ABC give it a second season?

Plus: an interview with the actor who played Verlox and the ogre.

Shark Tank is getting a spin-off

Shark Tank

Companies that get deals on the show will be followed for this new spin-off.

Also: Before the show began, Shark Barbara Corcoran was cast and then replaced--but then she sent this amazing e-mail and won the job.

about the writer

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.