An Open Letter to Padma

Dear Ms. Lakshmi,

I really hope that things are going well with you.  I only ask because, at the risk of being too blunt, I’m a little bit worried about you and your cash flow.

I was under the impression that you pretty much had it all.  You’re the host of the most popular food program on television.  You’re a successful model.  And you’ve even written a cookbook.  That’s amazing!  I’d guess that you’d probably be just rolling in cash.

Again, not to get too personal, but I’m not sure how much of an impact your recent, high-profile divorce may have had on your finances.  How does British divorce law work?  Apparently, your Ex is pretty well known, too, although all I really know about him is he doesn’t have many fans in the Middle East, that he had a cameo in that Renee Zellweger movie and he may or may not frequent saunas in Manhattan.  So, my guess is that it turns out to be a push financially.

Despite having all this going for you, (and the whole serial dating of billionaires thing) I get the feeling you may be short on money…

I say this because I saw the new Carl’s Jr.  commercial.  You know…the one that features you “enjoying” a hamburger.  The one with the licking and the oozing and the legs.  I watched it about a half hour ago and I still have the shakes.

It’s not that you shouldn’t be able to earn a little extra scratch by endorsing a product.  The problem is that you’re following in the footsteps of Paris Hilton.  How long until the poorly-lit home video?

I’m sure the product is wonderful…I wouldn’t know.  There aren’t any Carl’s Jr. restaurants here on the east coast.  I suppose that’s the trade off:  We don’t have ecstasy-inducing burgers but at least we have seasons.

So I won’t rag on you about pitching fast food hamburgers.  Hey, your co-host is already endorsing Diet Coke.  In fact, I have an idea!

If we can get Gail to hook up with the folks at Ore-Ida, the three of you can make an Extra Value Meal.


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  • Heidi / Savory Tv March 27, 2009  

    I just saw this one the other day, a shocker! And for BK of all companies! Hopefully she’ll come to her senses and pull the ad!

  • Maids March 27, 2009  

    really makes me despise Padma. sorry BS

  • Natalie Sztern March 27, 2009  

    I agree….
    The ideology and creed of Top Chef might change into a reality show with distinct undertones of sexuality and subliminal sexually graphic thoughts on the part of the viewers. No longer will she be thought of as a host representative of the professional standards of the cooking industry including the restaurant industry and those judges who appear.
    It would be prudent for those involved to think long and hard about the future of Top Chef concerning what its content should represent in the future.

  • Liza March 30, 2009  


  • Raiders757 April 5, 2009  

    TV’s most popular food program? What is that, because it can’t be ‘Top Chef’?

    Is it? Most everyone I know hates that show.

  • barnes594 April 18, 2009  

    She looks great and surely got paid a butt load of green for doing that commercial. She even looks like she might have had fun. Good for her.

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