Let me start by saying this is more a rant against the American Television Networks and the fools who continue to watch, rather than against Good old Gordo himself.
Last night Hell's Kitchen returned for it's 400th season (only season 9 but it sure feels like 400) and lately you can't watch anything restaurant related without seeing Gordon Ramsay's face plastered all over it. Hell's Kitchen, Kitchen Nightmares, and even Masterchef When is enough, enough? I don't blame Ramsay, he has the right to strike while the iron is hot and make as much money as he possible can- hell that seems to be the American way. What baffles me is how these shows continue to pull in strong ratings with millions of viewers when it's the same old recycled garbage season after season.
I'll admit when HK first started in 2005, I watched it religiously, it was something new and somewhat fresh on TV. I rooted for Michael to defeat evil Ralph and found Ramsay hilarious with his insults and volatile temper. But as we progress into season 9 I have to wonder how shallow and easily amused the American viewing public is. How many times can you watch the same thing over and over again? How many times can you watch Ramsay call someone a donkey or bitch about the risotto being cold and yelling SHUT IT DOWN in disgust. Add in the fake drama that goes on between the chefs, oh that one is a bitch, OH SNAP did you hear what he said about you? The list goes on and on, it's just juvenile high school bullshit. To make matters worse the "grand-prize" the "contestants" are playing for amounts to nothing but a joke. Over half of the winners either walked away shortly after getting the job or couldn't even get into the country (S8 winner Holli). Hell S1 winner Michael quit and came back to the US mere days after winning the "grand-prize". Remind me again why this show is still being produced when the people who WIN don't even want the fucking prize that they get?
The real travesty here is if we take a step back and examine reality (and I use that word very loosely) TV as a whole we notice that this type of repetitive garbage is par for the course. Survivor will be entering it's 23rd season in September. 23 fucking seasons of bickering, back stabbing and fake drama. Do people really have a thing for hearing Jeff Probst say "the jury has spoken" or are they so unhappy in their own pathetic lives they need to live through the dopes they see on TV every week. The Amazing Race has done 18 seasons, same crap different faces over and over again, yet all the while, the American public eats it all up.
It seems that once the network has a reality tv show hit they keep shoving it down our throats and hitting us over the head with us and like good little sheep people keeping tuning in week after week, I just don't understand it.
What is it that keeps people watching this junk every week? Do you watch them? Feel free to leave some feedback in the comment section.