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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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46.

kat40    

She looks preggers in the pink and white top she has on

426 days ago
47.

CliffyTX    

She was drug-tested by Caesar's Palace and it came back positive for cocaine.

http://www.tmz.com/2013/08/23/hells-kitchen-winner-janel-witt-failed-drug-test-cocaine-caesars-palace/

426 days ago
48.

MYOB    

She should of never been the winner in the first place. Mary was a much better chef oh..and not aided by coke

426 days ago
49.

ThisCooterTalks    

Give that job to Mary!! She deserved to win anyway!! #teammary

426 days ago
50.

Starbum    

She tested positive for cocaine.

426 days ago
51.

deb    

She failed the drug test...what a loser.

426 days ago
52.

john johnson    

cocaine is a hellova drug

425 days ago
53.

KAJ528    

I've never heard being too busy doing coke to be a "personal matter." Nice try loser, everyone knows the truth about you.

425 days ago
54.

Shotokan500    

I mean c'mon you dumb ass!! You couldn't lay off the blow for a week. You deserve poverty now

425 days ago
55.

itzkathy    

personal reasons my ass-- she FAILED the drug test!!! She apparently likes cocaine MORE than a quarter million a year job. What a TOTAL LLOOSSEERR!!!!!

425 days ago
56.

j    

She failed her drug test and decided to decline the offer before the results hit the world wide web

425 days ago
57.

Barry Soetoro    

Obama will send Eric Holder to investigate. Ramsey obviously is a racist.

425 days ago
58.

lalet    

It sounds like she has an issue with drugs and needs to get her crap together before they will allow her to take the job. Just a guess though.

424 days ago
59.

c.hornsby1976    

I personally feel as tho Mary from season 11 should get the opportunity since she was runner up!..

422 days ago
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