Perhaps with a little help from ratings juggernaut American Idol
, Fox's Hell's Kitchen
has maintained a consistent hold on ratings, reeling in 7.5 million viewers last week. The figure, while it showed a slight decline from last week, is still good considering the competition. Hell's Kitchen
shares its hellish Thursday timeslot with the ABC medical dramedy Grey's Anatomy
, NBC's The Office
, and huge fan favorite Supernatural
from the CW.
On its last episode, 32-year-old J Maxwell
got the boot after an altercation that resulted in an overcooked risotto. As a result, the Clifton Park, New York-native got a rather harsh tongue-lashing from Hell's Kitchen
creator and infamous potty-mouth Gordon Ramsay
right in the middle of cooking to pack his bags and leave.
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“That's up to Gordon. It's his kitchen. I understand. Like I said, I have no regrets, no animosity. I was glad to leave. It took a couple seconds to realize what happened, of course, but by the time there was thirty seconds to a minute, it's like, ‘You know what, that's good. I'm packing my stuff and it's time to leave. I'm going home to my son, to my wife. We've got a lot to do, a lot to plan.'”
After being eliminated, J says he now roots for Giovanni, whom he describes as a “great guy” and “the most talented” chef remaining in the competition.
J also reveals that his son was diagnosed with autism two weeks before he entered Hell's Kitchen
, an event that caused him confusion.
“I kind of lost my edge a little bit. My heart was there, I was doing my best, but I was making little mistakes, you know?”
- Glenn Diaz, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: Hollywood Reporter
(Image courtesy of Reality TV Magazine)