Reality Host Jon Taffer Furiously Backtracks After Comparing Restaurant Workers to Dogs on Fox News’ The Ingraham Angle

For years now, Jon Taffer has had a moderately successful show with the Paramount Network’s Bar Rescue. On the show, Taffer visits and rehabilitates bars and restaurants that are failing for numerous reasons.

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Over the last year, though, Taffer has grown more political. The entrepreneur interviewed Donald Trump about COVID-19 restrictions just weeks after Trump recovered from COVID-19. And recently, Taffer appeared on Fox News to complain about unemployed workers in the United States.

The reality personality and Laura Ingraham agreed that the people who have chosen to leave poor paying restaurant jobs should be forced back to work. Ingraham asked, “What if we just cut off the unemployment? Hunger is a pretty powerful thing.”

Taffer responded, “They only feed a military dog at night, because a hungry dog is an obedient dog. Well, if we are not causing people to be hungry to work.”

After being raked over the coals for much of the day, Taffer attempted to apologize on Friday. He wrote on his Twitter page:

“Regarding an interview I did yesterday, I want to sincerely apologize for using a terrible analogy in reference to the unemployment situation. That was not my intention and I greatly regret it. My comment was an unfortunate attempt to express a desire for our lives to return to normal. I recognize this has been a challenging year for everyone, and I am eager for the hospitality industry to come back stronger than ever.”

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