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'Hotel Impossible' attempts to help Hurricane Sandy victims, ends up getting scammed

When the Travel Channel’s Hotel Impossible decided to launch its two-part special, Operation Sandy, Anthony Melchiorri and his crew headed to Seaside Heights, New Jersey, nine months after Hurricane Sandy. They expected to find everything from struggling businesses to water damage, but the one thing they didn’t expect was what they found at the Thunderbird Motel, a family-owned establishment in Seaside Heights.

After visiting the hard-hit motel in hopes of helping to repair it, Anthony immediately ran into problems when he upset the family by making their son look like an idiot (or so they claimed). Arguments and death threats ensued, before Anthony managed to get things back on track — until the father let it slip that this hotel was one of hundreds for him. Unlike what he had said earlier about this hotel being his 401K, he actually had $40 million worth of properties. And to top that off, he wasn’t even going to let his son run the hotel, which was the main reason Anthony had agreed to help.

After learning that everything they were told was a lie, Hotel Impossible experienced a first in the show’s history: Anthony walked away from a hotel. Needless to say, it wasn’t quite the post-Sandy tearjerker I was expecting. Hopefully in the second hour of the special, Anthony can find some Jersey Shore residents who actually need help.

What did you think of the episode, PopWatchers? Did you ever think Hotel Impossible would bring us the most dramatic hour of television this week?

Watch Anthony’s arrival at the motel below, and check out the full episode here.

Anthony Bourdain gets roasted

Image Credit: John Lamparski/WireImage.com

Last night at the New York City Wine and Food Festival, celebrity chef and globe-trotting bad boy Anthony Bourdain got roasted. And no, it didn’t involve an open flame and a spit — it was a comedy roast, in which his friends and peers swapped jokes at his expense for charity. Guests included other celebrity chefs — Rachael Ray, Guy Fieri — as well as comedians and television personalities, like The Today Show‘s Willie Geist.

Bourdain shot to fame with his 2000 memoir, Kitchen Confidential, which detailed his raunchy and drug-addled years in the food industry. He now hosts the popular Travel Channel shows No Reservations¬†and The Layover. But in spite of his current success — or perhaps because of it — many of the night’s guests made sure to harp on his seedy past. Chef Ted Allen joked, “[He’s an] ex-chef, ex-junkie who’s made a fortune insulting his ex-industry,” and Sarah Silverman kicked off the night in a pre-taped segment by warning, “There’s gonna be a lot of great lines tonight, and you can’t snort any of them.”


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