Alison Roman's New York Times column halted after Chrissy Teigen feud

Alison Roman’s column for the New York Times has been temporarily shelved, following her feud with Chrissy Teigen and Marie Kondo.

The food writer has a bi-weekly column for the newspaper’s Cooking section, and has become hugely popular thanks to viral recipes like #TheStew. 

However, the New York Times confirmed to the Daily Beast that Roman’s column is ‘on temporary leave’, although did not explain why or for how long.

Insiders told the website that Roman had a piece that was scheduled to run last week amid the Teigen/Kondo drama, but it was not published.

Roman, 34, found herself trending on Twitter following an interview with the New Consumer, where she mentioned Teigen’s cookery career and Marie Kondo creating a store after the success of her Netflix show.

The food writer and chef said: What Chrissy Teigen has done is so crazy to me. She had a successful cookbook. And then it was like: Boom, 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.’

And of Kondo, she said: ‘The idea that when Marie Kondo decided to capitalise 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, b****, you f***ing 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***!”’

Chrissy, 34, admitted that the comments ‘bummed [her] out’, and Alison was widely criticised for the interview. 

She soon issued a Twitter apology to Teigen and Kondo (who has not responded to the comments), tweeting: ‘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.

‘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.’

And later, Roman shared a longer apology, in which she said her comments were ‘rooted in [her] insecurity.

The Nothing Fancy writer wrote: ‘I used their names disparagingly to try and distinguish myself, which I absolutely do not have an excuse for. It was stupid, careless and insensitive. I need to learn, and respect, the difference between being unfiltered and honest vs being uneducated and flippant. The burden is not on them (or anyone else) to teach me, and I’m deeply sorry that my learning came at Chrissy and Marie’s expense. They’ve worked extremely hard to get where they are and both deserve better than my tone deaf remarks.’

She added: ‘I’m not the victim here, and my insecurities don’t excuse this behaviour. I’m a white woman who had and will continue to benefit from white privilege and I recognise that makes what I said even more inexcusable and hurtful. The fact that it didn’t even occur to me that I had singled out two Asian women is one hundred percent a function of my privilege (being blind to racial insensitivities is a discriminatory luxury). 

‘I know our culture frequently goes after women, especially women of colour, and I’m ashamed to have contributed to that. I want to lift up and support women of colour, my actions indicated the opposite.’

Chrissy – who has published two cookbooks – accepted the apology, tweeting: ‘thank u for this, @alisoneroman. To be clear, it never once crossed my mind for u to apologize for what you genuinely thought! The comments stung, but they moreso stung because they came from u! It wasn’t my usual news break of some random person hating everything about me!’

Since the news of Roman’s column being temporarily shelved broke, the Lip Sync Battle host has voiced her disapproval, tweeting: ‘I don’t like this one bit and I’m doing what I can (off Twitter) to make that known.’

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