A billionaire paid Guy Fieri $100,000 to be his friend for a day

Hedge-fund billionaire Steven A. Cohen—who is facing a possible $1 billion fine for insider trading—paid Guy Fieri $100k to be his friend for a day. According to the New York Post, Cohen used his ill-gotten money to pay Fieri to drive around Connecticut with him and reenact his fantasy episode of Fieri’s show “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives.” Because he’s a Job Creator, and nacho cheese runs in his veins.

After that day, they ended up becoming close friends, hanging out without monetary compensation. Fieri’s show even visited Cohen’s favorite hot dog spot, where the billionaire occasionally indulges in dull peasant food. Their friendship makes some sense, as both of their careers largely involve exploiting poor people.

This all came to light in a new book by Allen Salkin, “From Scratch: Inside the Food Network.” The book is filled with strange gossipy nuggets, like how Mario Batali once dragged Rachel Ray and Marc Summers to a strip club:

“When they arrived . . . it was closing in 15 minutes, Mario ordered 25 shots and sent over lap dances to Marc and Rachael…the strippers sank down onto their laps and began gyrating.”

Ray was so then hungover the next day she “forgot to explain details of her recipes.”

A representative for Cohen claims the Fieri story is false, though it’s hard to take their word for it, as the billionaire is also a lying crook. It’s also no surprise Cohen would like to keep it mum; it’s kind of embarrassing. Here’s a man so unhealthy and alone that he has to pay one of the douchiest celebrities in the world to be his friend for a day, like a wealthy elementary school bully.