Food Network Star and “Iron Chef America” host Elton Brown commented on Twitter on Wednesday about the Holocaust.
Brown, who became a celebrity chef as a host and producer of “Good Eats”, claims that he was commenting on the current political climate and that the Holocaust reference was not for “comic effect”.
According to a screenshot aired online of tweets that have been deleted since Tuesday night, the television personality made references to relocating to the camps and asked if the striped uniform would be “like the ones in Auschwitz or prevalent?” NBC News has not seen the original tweet.
When a user responded to Brown “to take it easy,” Brown – in a tweet that wasn’t removed until Wednesday and was seen by NBC News – responded, “F — you.”
StopAntisemitism.org, a nonprofit group dedicated to documenting anti-Semitism behavior, posted a screenshot of one of Brown’s original tweets, along with his headshot, referred to the reference “Ville”.
“Iron Chef America’s @FoodNetwork host @altonbrown just spit on the graves of six million Jews with his absurd remarks!” The organization tweeted on Tuesday.
Brown on Wednesday apologized for the “flippant” reference to the Holocaust, which killed an estimated six million Jewish people.
“I was not a reference made for comic effect, but rather a sign of how scared I am for my country,” Brown tweeted on Wednesday. “This was a very poor use of judgment and in poor taste.”
Brown has been known for years for his controversial Twitter account and comments. Eater reported in 2011 that Brown announced that he was going to leave the stage after someone created a fake account as his wife.
The outlet at the time reported that Brown “regularly posts a bunch of tweets to them only to remove the warts, usually within twelve hours.”
Social media users were upset with Brown on Monday, saying he had voted for Republicans for “the most” of his life, in a tweet that has been removed but reported by several outlets, including Eater and Newsweek Are included. Brown did not deflect the response from a fan, however, who said he was “disappointed” at the television host.
“Frankly, you have no right to be disappointed in me” Brown tweeted. “No one, nothing. I have used my own platform to speak my mind. You may dislike me, certainly but for me to say disappointment … to be reserved for bad dishes needed.
Elton Brown and Food Network representatives did not immediately respond to NBC News’ requests for comment.