Celebs Who Can't Stand Giada De Laurentiis

There are as many reasons to hate Giada de Laurentiis as there are to love her, and sometimes those reasons can overlap. She's petite and pretty, but she's also rumored to spit out most of her prepared food from her show, Giada At Home, which may be how she stays so svelte despite all the carbs around her.

What's more, the Food Network star over-enunciates just about every imaginable Italian word ("spaghetti" is particularly grating from her), which drives many Italian Americans up the wall. And she takes herself (and her cooking) very seriously.

Enough people love de Laurentiis to have made her a very rich woman (she has an estimated net worth of a cool $20 million), but there are enough people who really can't stand the Le Cordon Bleu-trained chef to make her a truly polarizing, focaccia-baking figure. De Laurentiis has left a not-so-delicious taste in the following celebs' mouths.

Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman could barely hide her disdain for de Laurentiis when they appeared together on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in May 2017.

De Laurentiis prepared focaccia with clementines and fennel and an artichoke arancini for the appearance, with Kidman and DeGeneres joining her in learning to prepare the savory treats. It started out innocuous enough, but when the women began rolling arancini balls, de Laurentiis shaded Kidman, snapping, "Nicole have you ever made meatballs or anything?" Kidman wouldn't give in to de Laurentiis' provocation, instead raising an eyebrow and not responding. Later, after Kidman rolled a ball to de Laurentiis' satisfaction, the chef snidely said, "The woman who can't cook made the perfect ball!"

Once more, Kidman kept it classy, but despite her Oscar win, Kidman couldn't pretend to be happy — her beautiful face visibly betrayed her annoyance at de Laurentiis. De Laurentiis kept chiding her, and Kidman took it all in stride until it was time to taste the focaccia. Taking a visibly uncomfortable bite out of de Laurentiis' creation, Kidman deadpanned, "It's a little tough. I know I'm not supposed to criticize, but ..."

But she did. And it was beautiful.

Matt Lauer and Annette Roque

In November 2017, it was revealed that Matt Lauer wasn't exactly husband material, having faced a slew of sexual misconduct allegations during his tenure at NBC and Today — despite having been married to wife Annette Roque for almost two decades.

In addition to allegations of affairs and sexual harassment on the Today set, Lauer was, for years, also accused of having an affair with de Laurentiis. In November 2013, Page Six reported that de Laurentiis and Lauer had a "very cozy" dinner together, though they insisted it was all business. In January 2015, de Laurentiis vehemently denied any involvement with Lauer after Star reported that they got flirty during a 2011 beach segment for Today. Lauer himself told TMZ just days later that he and de Laurentiis were purely platonic and that he sympathized with her when she was going through her divorce from now-ex Todd Thompson.

All the gossip probably made the petite chef one of Roque's least-favorite people. And Lauer will likely keep his distance from her, at least publicly, following the misconduct allegations and his own impending divorce.

Bobby Flay and Stephanie March

Like Lauer and Roque, Bobby Flay and Stephanie March faced rumors about de Laurentiis, which neither likely appreciated.

Page Six reported that de Laurentiis got tipsy at dinner with Flay just before announcing her divorce from Thompson in 2015. She denied being romantically involved with Flay more than once, describing him as a professional and as a platonic pal.

Flay and March announced their own divorce in 2015, leading Watch What Happen Live host Andy Cohen to ask de Laurentiis if she was involved with the chef. "We do get together on Food Network Star," she joked, before clarifying, "Well, we're very good friends. We've worked for many years together, but I don't think that's ever going to happen because I'm smarter than that." Pretty sick burn, no?

De Laurentiis previously said she didn't speak to Flay for eight months after they lost Iron Chef, calling him a "jerk" and alleging that he "half-a**ed it."

However, March reportedly isn't a fan of de Laurentiis for another reason: She allegedly believes that de Laurentiis stole her friend's man. In December 2015, a source told Page Six that March and personal trainer Jennifer Giamo were seen venting about de Laurentiis over dinner, alleging that the Food Network starlet stole Giamo's husband, TV producer Shane Farley. In fact, Giamo was overheard saying she considered bringing de Laurentiis to court in her and Farley's divorce because she believed they had an affair while she and Farley were still married.

Mario Batali

After Mario Batali was accused of several instances of sexual misconduct, fellow Food Network star de Laurentiis was one of his first colleagues to throw him under the bus. When TMZ asked de Laurentiis in December 2017 about the allegations, she grinned and shrugged, adding, "What has to happen, happens."

While that certainly made it seem like she was happy to have her fellow Italian chef (and author of the foreword to one of her books) have his comeuppance, comments that she made months later made it seem like she may have been making excuses for Batali's bad behavior.

In April 2018, she told Eater's Upsell podcast, "I keep saying to people, 'It's time,' but it's also really sad. I did not have those exact experiences with him, but it doesn't come as a huge shock. Anybody who's ever hung out with Mario knows he's a very charismatic person. We drink too much and sometimes ... I'm not legitimizing it by any means."

Batali has never spoken a bad word about de Laurentiis, but, considering he's been absent from television since the allegations against him broke, he also simply hasn't had an opportunity to do so.

Rosie O'Donnell

From the sound of it, Rosie O'Donnell likes de Laurentiis about as much as she liked former The View co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck. Giada de Laurentiis' boyfriend, Shane Farley, reportedly worked on O'Donnell's eponymous talk show, and, in June 2016, Radar Online claimed that O'Donnell invited him to a swanky private party at a midtown Manhattan hotel for her former colleagues without his famous plus-one — even though de Laurentiis was "itching for an invite."

A source told the site that O'Donnell had a strict guest list policy with no plus-ones allowed, which made de Laurentiis persona non grata, but she reportedly planned on attending anyway.

"This is a huge mistake. It's Rosie's party and she will kick her out," the source said. "She isn't welcome. She is not invited and has never worked on her show. Just because she's a famous chef doesn't mean that she is welcome!"

Rachael Ray

Few things ground de Laurentiis' gears like losing to fellow Food Network star Rachael Ray — who, unlike de Laurentiis, is not a certified chef — on Iron Chef America in 2006. She fumed to Hamptons magazine in 2014, "It will bother me until the day I die."

Prior to losing to Ray on Iron Chef America, de Laurentiis reportedly appeared on The Rachael Ray Show six times and didn't appear on the hit talk show again until 2013, per IMDb, leading many to believe that the culinary rivals had some serious beef. However, Ray has never badmouthed de Laurentiis, and de Laurentiis denies any bad blood between the Food Network favorites.

"Do we hang out all the time? No. Are we best friends? No," she admitted to Redbook (via People) in June 2009. "We do these festivals together, and she'll say to me, 'Oh, we'd better take a picture together and smile, because if we don't, God only knows what's going to get written about us.' She's a lovely person."

John Mayer

John Mayer may not necessarily loathe Giada de Laurentiis, but he probably doesn't appreciate constantly being accused of hooking up with her, especially while she was married to Thompson (and especially when he's been taking active steps to rehabilitate his womanizing image).

Per the New York Daily News, the rumors began in 2009 with a blind item that was later revealed to allegedly be about the pair, though she vehemently denied it at the time and has ever since.

"The John Mayer incident was completely unexpected. I was shocked. And not so much for me, but for my husband and family ... What made it all even more surprising is that I haven't had any contact with John Mayer in three years," she told Redbook in 2011 (via OK!). "You know how you'll briefly get introduced to somebody? Maybe we chatted for five minutes, but I wouldn't consider that intimate."

Something else to consider: When you recall just how vocal Mayer has been about the women in his life (and even the ones not in his life and who never were in his life, like Kerry Washington), wouldn't you expect him to spill on de Laurentiis the same way he did about every other woman he's dated?