Worst Cooks in America Season Pulled After Winner's Arrest for Child Murder

Brenda Watkins
January 26, 2021

Right: Contestants and mentors on season 20 of the show.

On Jan. 19, Ariel, age 29, and Jerry, age 34, were charged with "homicide by child abuse" (via Insider).

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According to WSPA, an autopsy was performed that revealed the 3-year-old died due to multiple blunt force injuries.

Popular Food Network series Worst Cooks in America was rocked by a horrifying situation when its 20th season victor was charged with homicide.

Ariel claimed the $25,000 grand prize and a Food Network cooking set when she was named the victor of season 20 on August 2, People reported.

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After her win, Ariel and Jerry added three children to their family in March 2020. Both are being held at the Greenville County Detention Center.

She was also a local comedian and aspiring television personality who posted a large amount on content on social media to seek a following.

Following the arrests, Food Network has scrubbed all traces of its 20th season, which premiered previous year, from VOD, YouTube and all affiliated streaming services such as Discovery+ and Hulu.

The season, which ran last summer, is no longer available to stream on the Discovery+, Hulu or YouTube.

In "Worst Cooks In America", two teams of amateur cooks learn from chef-mentors and partake in a variety of culinary challenges throughout the season.

A rep for the Food Network did not respond to The Times' request for comment. The show is in its 21st season, which started airing on Food Network in early January.

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