Richman, who was host of "Man vs. Food" from 2008 to2012, recently lost weight and posted a photo to Instagram showing off his new look.
(NOTE: Some of the following excerpts contain NSFW language)
“Had ordered this suit from a Saville Row tailor over a year ago. Think I’m gonna need to take it in a little…” Richman wrote in the now-deleted post, using the hashtag #thinspiration.
When someone pointed out that the term is used among people with eating disorders to promote extreme and unhealthy weight loss, Richman had a response: "DILLIGAF?" ("Does it look like I give a fuck?")
As others took Richman to task for using the hashtag, he let the insults fly.
"Oh eat a bag of shit, dummy. No apology is coming," Richman told one poster who asked him to apologize. "Only fuckup it seems was your dad's choice to go without a condom."
In another, he told a poster to "grab a razor blade and draw a bath. I doubt anyone will miss you.”
While the posts were deleted, screengrabs live on. You can see some of them on Mediaite, or read some choice excepts over at The Washington Post.
In addition, one of the posters involved in the dispute blogged about it.
Richman has since apologized at least twice.
“Yes. I’ve responded to internet hate recently with vile words directed at those hating me. I am sorry, I should know better & will do better,” Richman wrote in a since-deleted tweet quoted by Variety.
Next, he sent a statement to ABC apologizing for "inexcusable remarks."
“I’ve long struggled with my body image and have worked very hard to achieve a healthy weight. I’m incredibly sorry to everyone I’ve hurt," Richman was quoted as saying.
While Travel Channel didn't announce that it was canceling "Man Finds Food," it did more than just pull the show from the schedule. The network also appears to have removed all references to the show from its website.
"Man Finds Food" was supposed to show Richman as he "crisscrosses the country on the ultimate quest to uncover unique, surprising, and delicious hidden food treasures."