Alison Roman has apologized to Chrissy Teigen for comments she made during an interview with The New Consumer.
The New York Times food section columnist did not appreciate the way the Chrissy’s Court star climbed the ladder in the food industry.
Roman stated: “What Chrissy Teigen has done is so crazy to me. She had a successful cookbook. And then it was like Boom, a line at Target. Boom, now she has an Instagram page that has over a million followers where it’s just, like, people running a content farm for her. That horrifies me, and it’s not something that I ever want to do. I don’t aspire to that.”
If that was not clear enough, the social media celebrity continued: “But like, who’s laughing now? Because she’s making a ton of f–king money.”
Moreover, when social media erupted over the remarks, she refused to back down initially and claimed: “When women bully other women for being honest about money and how much they do or do not make, well, thats more. Just wishing I had someone to hold my hand during baby’s first internet backlash.”
Teigen addressed the attacks on Twitter and stated: “This is a huge bummer and hit me hard. I have made her recipes for years now, bought the cookbooks, supported her on social, and praised her in interviews. I even signed on to executive produce the very show she talks about doing in this article.”
The wife of R&B singer John Legend went on share: “I genuinely loved everything about Alison. Was jealous she got to have a book with food on the cover instead of a face!! I’ve made countless NYT recipes she’s created, posting along the way.”
She continued with: “There are many days I cry very hard because Cravings, the site, is our baby we love to pump content onto. We do this work ourselves, and there is no monetary gain yet. It is just work, work, work and the reward is you liking it. So to be called a sellout … hooooo it hurts. Anyhow, now that that’s out there. I guess we should probably unfollow each other @alisoneroman.”
I want to clarify, I am not coming for anyone who's successful, especially not women. I was trying to clarify that my business model does not include a product line, which work very well for some, but I don't see working for me.
— alison roman (@alisoneroman) May 8, 2020
Realizing that the controversy was probably not a good idea for business, Roman eventually offered what some are calling a semi-apology.
She wrote on Twitter: “Hi @chrissyteigen! I sent an email but also wanted to say here that I’m genuinely sorry I caused you pain with what I said. I shouldn’t have used you /your business (or Marie’s!) as an example to show what I wanted for my own career- it was flippant, careless and I’m so sorry.”
Roman also added: “Being a woman who takes down other women is absolutely not my thing and don’t think it’s yours, either (I obviously failed to effectively communicate that). I hope we can meet one day, I think we’d probably get along.”
she is getting pretty good with hair! Wants to own a salon. Nails and hair twisting only. No cuts or color! pic.twitter.com/d5uLbi8x3L
— chrissy teigen (@chrissyteigen) May 9, 2020
The former Lip Sync Battle co-host did not address the apology and returned to social media on Saturday, posting content about her family.
In the same interview, Roman also threw Japanese organizing consultant and author Marie Kondo under the bus by arguing: “The idea that when Marie Kondo decided to capitalize on her fame and make stuff that you can buy, that is completely antithetical to everything she’s ever taught you. I’m like, damn, bitch, you f–king just sold out immediately! Someone’s like ‘you should make stuff,’ and she’s like, ‘okay, slap my name on it, I don’t give a s–t!'”
Many people have come out to defend Teigen and Kondo.
Why do people hate on Marie Kondo? I don't get it. What am I missing? She seems to help people. She made a lot of money doing it, and she seems quite pleasant and professional.
— Wajahat "Social Distance Yourself" Ali (@WajahatAli) May 9, 2020
i like the idea of Marie Kondo hearing about all this and being like pic.twitter.com/QxuhOXROn8
— Babu Prit (Preeti Chhibber) (@runwithskizzers) May 9, 2020
It brings me a lot of comfort that Marie Kondo probably has no idea when any drama involving her takes place online, and if she does, she does not care!!!
— Connie Wang (@conniewang) May 8, 2020