Alison Roman Addresses Claim Chrissy Teigen Is Producing Her Show

In an Instagram Live, Alison Roman revealed that Chrissy Teigen "was never" signed on to executive produce her show and discussed the controversial comments she made about the Cravings author.

By emily belfiore 26 Jun, 2020 4:14 PMTags
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Alison Roman is setting the record straight.

During an Instagram Live interview with comedian Ziwe Fumudoh, the food columnist addressed her controversial comments about Chrissy Teigen and Marie Kondo's lifestyle empires, which were later met with backlash from fans on social media. 

At the time, Teigen admitted she was upset on Twitter and said she was set to executive produce a show Roman was working on. But, while discussing the incident with Fumudoh, Roman said that Teigen had "never" actually signed on.

"So she's not and she never was," Roman said. "And I don't know how much I can say on that, but that is true and you can consult the right people with that. But that was a challenging comment because it wasn't true. And it wasn't the time or place for me to correct that because the issue wasn't—like that felt really petty to be like, ‘Not true. Nuh-uh.'"

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Roman added, "I wanted to sort of focus on, what I thought, was the bigger issue, which was like, why it was so offensive that I singled out two Asian women rather than, like, naming other people. That detail felt like it was more in defense of myself but that's factually inaccurate, yeah."

E! News has reached out to Teigen's team for comment. 

After receiving backlash for her comments, Roman apologized to Teigen and Kondo, regretting using the stars "as an example to show what I wanted for my own career" and calling her original statements "flippant" and "careless."

Fumudoh mentioned Roman's apology during their interview and asked the cookbook author if she had reached out to any women of color while writing it.

Roman responded, "I had three friends that I sent various drafts to that really helped me get to, not only general understanding of the things that I was actually apologizing for."

"It wasn't like they were necessarily telling me what to say, but they were like, ‘Here's why you need to say this,' and like getting to me to a very baseline of understanding of what I was apologizing for because I wasn't interested in like a vague, general, like, ‘learning, growing' bullshit," she continued. "I really wanted to grasp why it was why I was writing it in the first place."