'Bar Rescue' host Jon Taffer apologizes for suggesting that unemployed restaurant workers want to rely on benefits instead of returning to the industry
- "Bar Rescue" host Jon' Taffer has apologized for remarks he made about unemployed restaurant staff.
- On Friday, he compared them to dogs who needed to be hungrier to carry out their work.
- It "was an unfortunate attempt to express a desire for our lives to return to normal," he later said.
"Bar Rescue" host
On Friday, he faced criticism after suggesting restaurant workers who were not returning to their jobs were being incentivized to laze around.
Taffer suggested households were getting $83,000 a year in
An Insider op-ed stated that while unemployment benefits have been blamed by some for keeping workers home, data paints a more complex picture.
Business owners in corners of the
Taffer's initial comments came in response to Ingraham asking what would happen if unemployment benefits were cut off.
Ingraham had said: "Hunger is a pretty powerful thing," she said. "I don't mean physical hunger because people who truly are in need, need help. I'm talking about people who can work but refuse to work."
Taffer replied: "I had a friend in the military who trains military dogs. They only feed a military dog at night, because a hungry dog is an obedient dog. Well, if we are not causing people to be hungry to work, then we're providing them with all the meals they need sitting at home."
Following fierce criticism, Taffer took to Twitter to apologize. He said: "Regarding an interview I did yesterday, I want to sincerely apologize for using a terrible analogy in reference to the unemployment situation. That was not my intention and I greatly regret it."
He added that his comment "was an unfortunate attempt to express a desire for our lives to return to normal."
But some Twitter users were unforgiving. One wrote: "No more Bar Rescue for me. Comparing poor people to dogs that need to be hungrier. No apology from you accepted."
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