[Photo: Amy's Baking Company]
Amy's Baking Company — now infamous for its Facebook freakout following a terrible showing on Kitchen Nightmares — has cancelled a press conference on threat of legal action from Fox. Radar Online reports that Fox's lawyers sent a letter to restaurant owners Amy and Samy Bouzaglo last Friday reminding them of their agreement to not "spea[k] publicly about Kitchen Nightmares, other than to acknowledge 'the mere fact of your participation in the Series in personal publicity relating to yourself.'" The press conference was supposed to precede tonight's "Grand Re-opening." A source tells Radar Online that the conference may have also been cancelled to protect Amy and Samy from the death threats they've received.
￼Amy and Samy acknowledged their NDA-type arrangement last week in an interview with CBS 5 Arizona. Despite the fact that both Amy and Samy seem to understand that they are not allowed to speak with reporters about Kitchen Nightmares, the couple just participated in a radio interview in which they discuss their negative portrayal on the show. The letter from Fox, posted online here via CBS 5 Arizona, states that if the couple breaches their contracted agreement, they might owe damages of $100,000.
Shortly after receiving the cease and desist from Fox, Amy's Baking Company was dropped by their new PR firm, Rose+Moser+Allyn Public & Online Relations. After working with the Bouzaglos for a mere five days, publicist Jason Rose tells the Phoenix Business Journal that he had and the couple had "differences" in the way they worked and that "there were differences on public relations strategies." Maybe he just pulled a Gordon Ramsay and decided the couple was too delusional to help? Today will be the firm's final day with Amy's Baking Company.
· 'Kitchen Nightmares' Lawyers Threaten Restaurant Owners: Shut Up — Or You Owe Us $100K [Radar Online]
· Amy's Baking Company dumped by new PR firm, press conference canceled over threats [Phoenix Business Journal]
· Amy's Baking cancels presser; Cites legal threats [CBS 5 AZ]
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