Greater than virtually some other actuality present from the mid-2000s, Hell’s Kitchen is usually within the zeitgeist. Gordon Ramsay’s notably entertaining model of British yelling made the present successful when it debuted in 2005, and continues to make it common to at the present time. However, now that it’s been on for practically 20 years, there’s additionally a treasure trove of lore behind the sequence, together with a thriller that will get rediscovered each now and again a couple of secret contestant.
Hell’s Kitchen’s third season, which aired in 2007, pitted six males and 6 ladies towards one another on groups throughout the principle competitors. Or at the least, that’s the way it appeared when the season aired. Because it seems, there was a secret 13th contestant who began the season with the remainder of the group, however was quietly eliminated early on within the proceedings and minimize from the published.
One of many earliest discussions of the thriller appeared to pop up about 5 years in the past with a publish from Only1ScrappyDoo on Reddit, however folks have tried to resolve it a number of instances since then, in locations just like the Hell’s Kitchen Fandom discussion board, the LostMedia Wiki, YouTube, and X. The newest reignition of curiosity within the controversy got here on Wednesday, when the official Hell’s Kitchen YouTube channel uploaded season three episode 1, inflicting followers to note the difficulty yet again.
The lacking contestant, J.R., reveals up throughout sure elements of the season’s opening episode.
Picture: Fox through Polygon
Whereas it looks like J.R. may very well be glimpsed in bits and items of the unique broadcast of season three episode 1, the thriller picked up specific steam after Fox launched a widescreen (16:9 side ratio) model of the episode following its preliminary run. The present was initially broadcast within the narrower 4:three ratio, which unnoticed areas on the sides of the body, making it simple for the present to chop J.R. out of a lot of the present. Within the 16:9 launch, we will see J.R. clearly within the background of some photographs in episode 1, and once more later throughout one elimination section the place we see his title plate (which is how followers realized within the first place that his title was J.R.).
One of many issues that makes this thriller so compelling, and one of many causes it retains popping up, is how little we learn about it — regardless of the season going down practically 17 years in the past. It appears J.R. might have been faraway from the present as a result of he unfold rumors about his fellow contestant Joanna (primarily based apparently on her deleted Fb posts), and presumably for releasing spoilers concerning the present. However how both of these issues would have gotten him kicked off the present earlier than the second half of episode 1 isn’t clear.
We might by no means know the total fact behind Hell’s Kitchen’s J.R. thriller. However the excellent news is, so long as Hell’s Kitchen is common, persons are going to maintain rediscovering his disappearance and renewing the hunt for solutions.