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Adam Richman, former host of Man v. Food, went on a vulgar rant on Instagram, going as far as to encourage a woman to commit suicide.

Richman has lost 70 pounds since his years hosting Man v. Food. He showed off his weight loss in an Instagram that included #thinspiration in the caption. One user noticed this hashtag, which is often used to promote a variety of eating disorders, and decided to enlighten Richman by commenting, “#Thinspiration is actually seen as a harmful phrase.” Richman responded harshly, inciting a response from many other users. His comments quickly spiraled out of control and became more and more aggressive, posting “…grab a razor blade and draw a bath. I doubt anyone will miss you.” Friend of the user who initially responded to Richman, Amber Sarah, has documented the entire feud in her blog.

In response, the Travel Channel told The Washington Post that they have decided to postpone the July 2nd premiere of his new show “Man Finds Food.” Richman initially tweeted an apology, which has since been deleted. He later issued a statement to ABC News apologizing for his “inexcusable remarks” and added “I’ve long struggled with my body image and have worked hard to achieve a healthy weight…I’m incredibly sorry to everyone I’ve hurt.”

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The Travel Channel’s response to this incident, although drastic and likely costly, is a necessary one. If they had chosen to support Richman, despite his indiscretions, they would have sent the wrong message to all of the fans that he has upset. And while Richman has taken the right first step in apologizing, he must prove his sincerity to his fans in order to maintain his viewership and to be seen as a reputable and profitable influencer in the food industry.

The full conversation can be seen in this article by Buzzfeed. (Warning: graphic language!)

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