Both The Times-Pic and Eater National report that oil company BP took out a full page ad in the New York Times last week against an unnamed 'celebrity chef' and his 'undeserving claim," which is basically really referring to Emeril Lagasse and his BP moneys. The ad asks, "Would you pay this claim?" and mentions that the celeb-chef "was awarded more than $8,000,000" despite earning "more revenue in 2010 than in the two years prior to the spill." From Eater National:
BP claims a "fictional loss" was created through some name licensing mumbo jumbo, and are apparently using Lagasse's claim as part of a campaign to prove oil spill damage claims were actually tied to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. For what it's worth, Lagasse's Homebase restaurant group says they haven't received the money and the claim was "in accordance with the settlement agreement that was set forth by BP and administered by the federal court in New Orleans."
The Times-Pic also calls out the fact that Emeril defended BP's post-spill actions back when it was revealed that Top Chef/ Bravo had received money from the recovery fund set up by BP to film in Lousiana.
· Celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse targeted by BP in fight over oil spill payments [NOLA.com]
· BP Takes Out a Full-Page NYT Ad Against Emeril Lagasse's Oil Spill Claim [-EN-]
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