Authorities told reporters that the cause of Cerniglia's death is under investigation, but "no criminality" is suspected. In , Cerniglia was featured on celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay 's restaurant rehab show, "Kitchen Nightmares. On "Kitchen Nightmares," the often outspoken Ramsay unleashed on Cerniglia, a year-old husband and father of three. It's not the first time someone from a Ramsay show has committed suicide: in , Rachel Brown fatally shot herself a year after competing on Ramsay's "Hell's Kitchen," a series that sets up battles between up-and-coming chefs. It should be noted that with both Brown and Cerniglia, their suicides came long after they appeared on their respective Ramsay shows. Part of what you don't know is how sensitive people are going to be to the shame and humiliation they might experience. People with mental illnesses are obviously vulnerable. In the case of bipolar contestants, the reason they are attracted to these shows may stem from their mental illness and their desire to perform or be famous, Kaslow said.
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For seven seasons and 92 episodes, Kitchen Nightmares was essential viewing for reality television fans. Everybody knew the premise: celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay would be invited by the owners to spend a week with a failing restaurant. Sometimes it worked, other times it didn't. A lot of times it resulted in huge arguments. Ramsay being Ramsay, the show also featured a fair amount of expletives, often of the f-word variety. First broadcast in the UK and later remade in the US, the series was undeniably addictive and a ratings hit that ushered in a new era of restaurant-led reality shows. So fans were perhaps understandably surprised when Ramsay decided to pull the plug on the series in
Another reality TV participant has met a tragic end.
It was a prediction Gordon Ramsay probably wishes he hadn't made. During a episode of the reality show " Kitchen Nightmares ," the celebrity chef told New Jersey restaurateur Joseph Cerniglia that his business was about to "swim down the Hudson. Harsh words, to be sure - made all the more cutting by this week's revelation that Cerniglia, 39, may have jumped off the George Washington Bridge to a watery death in the river. Cerniglia was the owner of Campania in Fair Lawn , which got a scathing review from Ramsay - who excoriated the chef for his "bland" cooking and wasteful ways. My personal debt: wife, kids, mortgage - that's a lot of debt. Cerniglia's body was found in the Hudson near W. NYPD investigators have not officially ruled it a suicide but they don't suspect criminality. His relatives could not be reached. A friend and business associate said Cerniglia was a caring, creative man who "had a giant heart" and always wanted to help others. He would pick up every pepper and look at it.
Haunting: Gordon Ramsay, left, delivered one of his trademark scoldings to chef Joseph Cerniglia, right, in this episode of Kitchen Nightmares. Cerniglia has since been found dead after apparently jumping into the Hudson River. Fears: Joe's wife Melissa, left, and mother Pat, right, both expressed their fears for his stress levels during the Kitchen Nightmares episode. The notoriously blunt, three-starred Michelin chef likes to point out to the restaurateurs whose ability he monsters that he has only their best interests at heart. Mr Cerniglia was found on Friday afternoon, an hour after a passerby told police he had seen a man jump from the ft-high George Washington Bridge. In May the following year, she was found dead in her home after shooting herself. Debts: Cerniglia on Ramsay's 'Kitchen Nightmares'. His body was found after a passerby said he had seen a man jump from the George Washington Bridge.