In Defense of Food Network Star’s Penny (a Bit at Least)

July 6, 2011 at 2:33 pm 1 comment

We all need to stop harping on how much we hate Penny. All right, maybe that’s too much to ask, but in some instances we need to drop it. Let me ask you this, do you really think that Food Network would let Penny act so horrible on Food Network Star if she is the winner?

Every Sunday, Allison and I, compose a recap of the latest Food Network Star episode over at Reality Wanted. Every week we see a variation on the same comment over and over again. They all basically say “I hate Penny, I’ll never watch her show if she wins. She is totally unlikable, why don’t they kick her off already?” Some commenters even go so far as insisting that the judges need to see what goes in the house so they can calculate that into their elimination mathematics. I’m here to say it wouldn’t make a difference, we can all stop spewing such vile sentiment and rest easy.

I’m pretty sure Penny doesn’t win Food Network Star. In fact, I don’t know for sure. See, I watch the show on Food Network, Sundays at 10/9 C the same as the rest of the audience; I’m in no position to state that as an absolute fact. I just highly doubt that Food Network would risk that the first impression of a future Food Network star that the viewers get would be one that inspired anger.

We all know that the show is over all but done with well before the editors get the reels and start to work on creating the show. What Food Network Star has done in the past is have the last 2 or 3 finalists back for a live show, but at the same time the network at least knows who those 2 or 3 finalists are when they start to construct the show and are picking what story-lines to follow. We know this; none of us are surprised when the winner’s show premiers the next week. We all know that the pilot has been finished for a while, most likely between the last episode recorded of the show and the final live announcement of the winner. For some reason our suspension of disbelief is not in effect there, but during the unfolding narrative of the show we totally buy the fact that someone we would collectively hate to watch could win.

What I’m saying here is that Penny is getting the short end of the stick. Not only is she this season’s villain and is getting nasty things said about her all over the internet, but she also (more than likely) doesn’t even win the top prize. I could be wrong, maybe this is the story of Penny’s redemption and in the end she is besties with everyone and learns the true meaning of friendship. I doubt it. Look, you can bitch about how Penny treats the other contestants all you want, she has come off as pretty mean, but don’t say you’ll never watch her show if she wins, because I’m 98% sure that that show is never going to be made anyway.

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