WATCH: SNL Spoofs Guy Fieri Review Spat in Unaired Sketch

Bobby Moynihan delivers as Guy Fieri on SNL's unaired sketch skewering the chef and the New York Times.

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Last week, New York Times food critic Pete Wells served up a searing review of Guy Fieri’s new midtown restaurant, laden with rhetorical questions wondering if the celebrity chef had even tried his own food. But Fieri, host of the Food Network’s Diner, Drive Ins and Dives, had answers. He went on the Today show to fire back as strong as the flames on his shirt, claiming that Wells “had an agenda” while penning his scathing critique of the restaurant. After the drama, it was only a matter of time before it was lampooned on Saturday Night Live. Or so we’d have thought.

(MORE: Guy Fieri’s Not the First: Restaurant Critic Pete Wells’ Most Scathing Reviews)

Last weekend the writers cobbled together three minutes of Bobby Moynihan’s impeccable Guy Fieri impression to skewer both Fieri and the Times during the sketch show’s Weekend Update news segment. Sadly, the sketch never made it to the final broadcast, but SNL made sure the pre-recorded dress rehearsal version wasn’t lost forever in the archives. NBC put the unaired sketch on its website to showcase the gem-like comments that Fieri only wishes he could have tossed back at Wells. Moynihan’s version of the frosted-tip chef was simply surprised that the Times would take his eatery with such gravity, proclaiming: “My restaurant’s not in New York, Seth, it’s in Times Square!” and “If you come in to my restaurant expecting Le Cirque, then you’re a Le Jerk!”

It’s not surprising that Weekend Update host Seth Meyers could barely keep a straight face during the skit, though it was eventually preempted by another fiery, larger-than-life character: New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

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2 comments
ChrisB098
ChrisB098

I love Moynihan’s impression of Fieri, and I was really disappointed when I saw that it didn’t make the show last week.  I can forgive them because it was such a great episode, even without this hilarious bit. I was talking to a coworker from DISH about the show, and she thought it was the best episode of the season so far. I just went back and re-watched it last night since they were airing a rerun.  I love how I can save the entire season on my DISH Hopper’s 2TB hard drive, so I can watch them anytime I want.  I think that the Thanksgiving Californians was the best bit of the night, which was a relief because I haven’t been to keen on that sketch since Wiig left.

abqwinter
abqwinter

New York Times food reviewer is an ash-hola