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'Hell's Kitchen' Winner

WON'T ACCEPT PRIZE AS HEAD CHEF

Cites 'Personal Matters'

8/23/2013 2:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Ja'Nel Witt -- the winner of "Hell's Kitchen" Season 11 -- has announced she will NOT accept the show's grand prize (the head chef position at one of Gordon Ramsay's restaurants in Vegas) ... citing "personal matters."

It's been less than one month since Ja'Nel's reality show victory was broadcast on TV -- with Ja'Nel locking up the head chef gig at Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill in Las Vegas ... a job that pays $250k.

Witt made the announcement on Twitter -- saying, "Due to personal matters, I will not be joining the team in Las Vegas, but I wish them continued success."

Witt did not go into detail about her personal situation.

"I would like to express my sincerest thanks to Hell's Kitchen, Gordon Ramsay, Caesars Palace & my supportive fans for this amazing experience," she added.

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1.

LoganJackson    

i wonder why!

404 days ago
2.

harvsgirl    

I think she realized she wasn't up to running a restaurant belonging to Ramsey.

404 days ago
3.

Nick    

Maybe she'd rather work for Paula Deen.

404 days ago
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BurgundyLee    

I hope he offers it to Mary, then!

404 days ago
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MamaMia    

Mary should've won anyway; I hope Gordon gives the job to her.

404 days ago
6.

rosemaryxoxo    

Then why did she go on the show?

404 days ago
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Nikki    

Rejecting a job that pays $250k? She must be either loaded or extremely stupid.

404 days ago
8.

Bird    

If she knew she didn't want to work in Ramsey's restaurant, why didn't she drop out of the competition and let someone who actually wanted it have it? That's like winning the lottery and then saying "Oh, I decided I don't want to be rich so I'm just going to burn all the money." Hopefully they will extend their offer to the runner up.

404 days ago
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DohenyOffSunset    

I bet it's a man that is doing this to her. She stupid, she dumb why can't a sista open hur eye.

404 days ago
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DohenyOffSunset    

Why go on the show then? I'll see her working at Burger King.

404 days ago
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DohenyOffSunset    

Reject a job? In this economy? What is she lazy?

404 days ago
12.

BaadBoy    

For $250K, I'll cook all the burgers and fries they want.

404 days ago
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DohenyOffSunset    

Government checks take less effort.

404 days ago
14.

Evelyn    

WHAT THE HELL?! YOU TURNED DOWN $250,000 A YEAR?! I WANNA KNOW WHY? STUPID STUPID STUPID!

404 days ago
15.

Liz    

The show hasn't delivered on the jobs promised to previous winners --- "head chef" is very vague and not a real restaurant position. Several winners ended up in lower positions than they had left to go on the show in the first place. If she weighed the pros and cons and decided against it, good for her.

404 days ago
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