August 22, 2011 11:28am PT by Eriq Gardner
Food Network Settles 'Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives' Lawsuit
Food Network has settled a heated lawsuit with the former producer of its popular show, Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, starring Guy Fieri.
In May, the network was sued by Page Television and Video Prods, which charged in Minnesota federal court that a contract was breached when Fieri's services were not provided and payments weren't made.
Food Network maintained that it had a right to escape its contract with Page Television because of actions by the company's principal, David Page.
In a countersuit filed less than two weeks ago, Food Network argued that Page had created such an "intolerable" work environment for the show's staff, the network was forced to replace him. Food Network pointed to various Page e-mails where he signaled himself as a "genius," declared the end of "democracy" on the show, and berated staff members.
The strife caused Food Network to knife out Page's role on the show, starting in season 12.
Now, the network confirms to us that the parties have come to a settlement. Details about the agreement are being kept close to the kitchen apron, but Page won't be part of future seasons.
"Food Network will continue to produce and air new episodes of Diners, Drive-ins and Dives," the network says in a statement. "In order to do so, we have engaged the services of a new production company.”