Aarti’s win spoiled on Food Network’s web site in June; the same thing happened in 2008

For the second time, the Food Network’s web site has inadvertently revealed the winner of The Next Food Network Star early.

Six weeks ago, winner Aarti Sequeira’s name was included in a list of “our chefs,” Food Network Humor reported at the time. The network’s web site was quickly updated after FNH’s post to add all of the other contestants, a clear attempt at damage control. Her win may have been inevitable, but that clearly confirmed it.

Two years ago, the network did the same thing, publishing post-finale interviews with all three finalists before the actual finale, which revealed that Aaron McCargo won. That was lamely blamed on “technical difficulties” instead of just being acknowledged as a screw-up.

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.


Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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