Today’s top story in “misleading headlines” is the death of Joseph Cerniglia, a chef and restaurateur who was abused by Gordon Ramsay on “Kitchen Nightmares.” Cerniglia, 39, jumped off the George Washington Bridge on Friday. His body was later found floating in the Hudson River. And in a nice example of foreshadowing…
“Your business is about to f–king swim down the Hudson,” the brash Brit berated Cerniglia, a married dad of three who lived in Pompton Lakes.
But that’s not the first time Ramsay sapped someone’s will to live.
The first person to star in a Ramsay show and then kill herself was chef Rachel Brown. Brown, 41, competed on Ramsay’s “Hell’s Kitchen” in 2006… She shot herself to death in her family’s Dallas home a year later.
In all fairness, the restaurant industry can be a brutal, stressful business, so it’s not really fair to blame Ramsay for people committing suicide. Besides, when you have as many reality shows as Ramsay does, some people are going to die from the same causes. Statistics like that are gonna happen. But I wish reality shows caused similar deaths. I’d be cool with everyone who’s ever been on “American Idol” dying of AIDS. It would be a shame to lose cute girls like Carrie Underwood and Katherine McPhee, but that’s a price I’m willing to pay.