Las Vegas food critics Al Mancini and John Curtas' proposed Travel Channel show is now officially a no-go, according to a spokesperson for the network.
The Travel Channel had ordered six half-hour episodes of All Forked Up back in December in which the "culinary odd couple" traveled to a different city, where each forced the other to eat at a culinary find. "The one that finds the dish that best reflects each city will win bragging rights and the loser has to pay up on a crazy side bet."
Word of Curtas' use of the racial slur "Jap" when tweeting about a YouTube video that featured yodeling Japanese singer Takeo Ischi and Curtas' subsequent feud with the Media Action Network for Asian Americans prompted a network spokesperson to respond to a second request by Eater Vegas for an air date for the show.
"Diversity is a core value of our company, and Travel Channel does not tolerate discrimination of any kind from our talent or staff. Last year, Mr. Curtas filmed a television series that was under consideration by Travel Channel. Prior to Mr. Curtas' recent remarks, the network had already made the determination that the series was not a good fit for our audience and therefore has no plans to air it."
One of Curtas' two Facebook pages still lists his appearance as a co-host on All Forked Up, although his Twitter feed and Eating Las Vegas blog do not include the credit.
In May the team was invited to act as emcees at California's Taste of Hawthorne food festival, in which the pair were promoted as Travel Channel "personalities."
All Forked Up was missing from the Travel Channel's official April announcement of the network's upcoming programming for 2013.
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John Curtas and Al Mancini [Photo: AlMancini.net]