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Food TikToker Keith Lee speaks out against false rumors he stole someone’s TV idea, sparking debate about the dangers of innuendo online

‘I have not once stolen anything or taken anything from anybody.’


Rebekah Harding

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This story was originally published on Passionfruit.

TikTok users are locked in a heated debate after producer Gyllian Carter appeared to hint that viral food reviewer and influencer Keith Lee stole her idea for a TV show pilot by interacting with comments that implied that he was the “food critic and thief” that she referenced in a viral exposé on Jan. 21.

In the initial TikTok, which garnered over 3.5 million views, Carter says she has “won a lot of Emmys” and that she is “good” at what she does, explaining she pitches shows to networks on a freelance basis. She details the process of reaching out to creators and developing pitches, which she then presents to different networks. At the end of the video, Carter expresses her frustration that a “beloved” TikTok creator allegedly “stole” a pitch that she had worked with them on.

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