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Wife of Food Network Chef Alleged Target

5/15/2010 2:55 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ Juan-Carlos Cruz -- host of the now defunct Food Network show "Calorie Commando" -- allegedly targeted his own wife in what cops say is a murder-for-hire plot.

Our sources say Juan-Carlos went to several homeless people in Santa Monica earlier this month and said he would pay them to kill his wife. Law enforcement sources tell us he told the homeless people she had recently inherited a lot of money from her family and he wanted her out of the picture.

But here's the twist ... TMZ has learned law enforcement has since determined no such inheritance existed and that therefore the alleged motive he disclosed to the homeless people was false. We are told, however, that the alleged target was indeed Cruz's wife.

As for what the real motive may have been -- we don't know.

Juan-Carlos Cruz is being held on $5,000,000 bail.

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Anthony    

Good job there Juan-Carlos. Never trust anyone with 2 first names in their title. Enjoy the food they serve in prison.

1437 days ago
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SJ    

Nothing says lovein' like the wife in the oven....

1437 days ago
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prezc    

let me just that the first poster, sloppy seconds, can go **** themselves. you lame ass nerd.

1437 days ago
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Lisa    

thanks for getting back to regular news instead of letting your site be manipulated into a platform for two whores to fight upon.



seems like tmz is a little starstruck on that broad, what is her name, the one who 'didnt extort tiger woods', what a laugh.



i'll bet you realized your fault on that 'story' and also noticed that no other news agency sourced you on it, because they didn't care about your little 'exclusive interview' as much as you did!



if you have a vision for your site just sick to it and don't get distracted by the fake boobies. jesus.



1437 days ago
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Miss Lea    

wow. can't believe this! I knew this guy and his wife and they seemed like they were so in love. he used to shower her with gifts...can't imagine what could have gone wrong.

1436 days ago
6.

BeKewl    

Maybe Kooky can supply Juan Carlos with a nice macaroni and cheese recipe for the big house.



TMZ START STALKING KOOKY KLOWN! WE WANT PICS!

1436 days ago
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niles    

Cheap bastard trying to hire homeless people to kill his wife. Everybody knows you go to professionals for that sort of thing.

1436 days ago
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BOBO Nofingers    

Is IT part of the survivors CBS gay `dar radar score low satellite kill your wife mofia?.GAY GUY hollywood mofia HATES everyone even thier own LOW HANGING FRUITS says GOVERNATOR grab BBB`s

1436 days ago
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Whatever    

Wow, wtf. He'll have all kinds of Calorie Commando meals in prison.

1436 days ago
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BOBO Nofingers    

WTF FN F all the gay mofia kills thier wifes in hollywood via low score Survivor broadcasting satellites.NO more low hangin fruits in hollywood? WTF F F NF F.Governator is the TOP low hangin fruit in the FN world garb that butch IE CBS thug~SS

1436 days ago
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hiram73    

Did he just get done watching "Fletch" when he came up with this brilliant plan?

1436 days ago
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Professor Obvious    

The homeless people of Santa Monica are well known for their sloth and lack of initiative when it comes to murder-for-hire schemes. They are stupid, inebriated and worst of all, the victim can smell them coming. When you need your wife killed, you're far better off hiring a Mexican outside the Home Depot. These guys want to work and don't ask a lot of pesky questions. Plus they smell good too.

1436 days ago
13.

liar    

WILL KILL FOR FOOD.

1436 days ago
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lovelessangel    

stupid ****

1436 days ago
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Inouno Nyx    

DIANA: Are you by any chance from Arizona, darling? Your comment is the funniest/stupidest I've ever read. Hispanics are violent and trashy? Are Americans not violent? I guess Tim McVeigh used to sing lillabies to babies, Jeffrey Dahmer and Ted Bundy used to help homeless kids and women, and Bruce Beresford-Redmand kindly asked his wife for a divorce, huh? Oh, wait a second... they were a terrorist,two serial killer and a murderer? They must have been HISPANIC, right? They were all Americans and extremely violent. Hispanics are not any mote violent than Americans.

1436 days ago
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