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'Top Chef' Lawsuit

Racist Networks Stole Our Idea

... Claim Producers

8/4/2014 12:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Top Chef Lawsuit
NBC and Bravo got together with major cruise lines and ripped off the idea for a "Top Chef" special from 3 producers who are now suing the networks ... and crying racism -- this according to a new lawsuit.

According to the court docs ... the three accusers pitched a reality show called "Walk the Plank" to Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and Celebrity Cruise Lines. Thirteen chefs would compete against each other on a cruise ship with the winner becoming the ship's Executive Chef.

The cruise lines rejected the idea, but soon after that NBC announced the release of "Top Chef - Chefs At Sea" -- in conjunction with the cruise companies ... according to the docs.

The producers say they're especially galled by the alleged screw job because they say NBC's networks have an agreement with the National African American Leadership Organizations to increase diversity. 

NBC hasn't responded to a call for comment.

The producers not only state in the docs that 2 of them are African-American -- they add that even though the third producer is not ... she is married to a Black man.

Close enough.

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BLUE UGLY 💩    

Top Chef sucks

51 days ago
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campy    

Some a Jews, some aren't.

51 days ago
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slavnar    

1. The ideas are completely different.
2. How does race matter in this lawsuit
3. This was ONE episode of a top chef season. They have cooked on ships before.
4. they should have to pay top chef every penny from the lawsuit when they lose.

51 days ago
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slavnar    

Alright I found it on google. It's not a tv show, it's a cruise with former top chef contestants doing top chef things.

Once again, a BS lawsuit and they deserve to lose every penny they have and be blackballed by the industry for pulling this BS.

51 days ago
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Josh    

Oh yeah, it has GOT to be about RACE, it's just GOT to! The worst racists in the world are the ones who go throwing around these false claims.

51 days ago
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realjoshua    

Black people have BET. What if white people had White Entertainment Television? That would be racist huh?

51 days ago
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Grim reaper    

Damn white people glad I'm Canadian we not racist.

51 days ago
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Celeb Gossip Addict    

Big companies steal ideas all the time. It doesn't have to be about race. They just took your idea to a bigger guy. The cruise lines will probably end up settling.

51 days ago
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static    

NBC = No Black Chefs.

51 days ago
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Unbroken Chain    

Been awhile since you trolled for the racist commenters. I was actually proud of tmz for a couple days. Couldn't help yourselves I guess

51 days ago
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01void    

What's new, one more racist story from the big TMZ show, lol.

51 days ago
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MAX    

take your race card and shove it losers

51 days ago
13.

tessa    

any thought or idea anyone has, ever, is racist

51 days ago
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OhitsUagain    

Now I have a problem with this on two levels. 1. Why doesn't anyone legally protect themselves when pitching idea's to a network or any other entity. Where their claim to it can be question. 2. I refuse to believe the race card thing sounds too broad of a reach. If the pitch was there's to begin with, but if they are using the race card I want in depth details on the merit. Not some flimsy tmz transparent dig for comments.

51 days ago
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juggalo 6    

Increasing diversity does not mean fire all white people like the blacks so love to think it does. MLK JR. Would be sickened by this.

51 days ago
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