Joey Chestnut breaks his silence on being 'BANNED' from the July 4th Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest

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By Jake Fenner

Published: 19:37 EDT, 11 June 2024 | Updated: 19:40 EDT, 11 June 2024

Competitive eater Joey Chestnut has released a connection connected societal media aft he was declared retired for nan Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest for this July 4.

Reports bespeak that Chestnut was not allowed to compete aft taking a sponsorship pinch Vegan basking canine shaper Impossible Foods.

In nan statement, Chestnut says that he has been 'banned' from nan title wherever he became an world name. 


'I was gutted to study from nan media that aft 19 years Im banned from nan Nathan's July 4th Hot Dog Eating Contest,' Chestnut said successful a station to Twitter.

'I emotion competing successful that event, I emotion celebrating America pinch my fans each complete this awesome state connected nan 4th and I person been training to take sides my title.

American competitory eater Joey Chestnut says he's been banned from nan Nathan's Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest astatine Coney Island for this summertime owed to a vegan rival's sponsorship

Chestnut says he was training to take sides his 2023 title earlier a 'ban' from nan contest

'To group nan grounds straight, I do not person a statement pinch MLE aliases Nathans and they are looking to alteration nan rules from past years arsenic it relates to different partners I tin activity with. 

'This is apparently nan ground connected which I’m being banned, and it doesn’t effect nan July 4th event.

'Sadly, this is nan determination Nathan's and Major League Eating are making, and it will deprive nan awesome fans of nan holiday’s accustomed joyousness and entertainment. 

'To my fans, I emotion you and admit you. Rest assured that you’ll spot maine eat again soon!! STAY HUNGRY!'

Chestnut's belief that he's been banned was not what Major League Eating's Richard Shea told NBC News.

'There is nary ban. Major League Eating wants him there. The fans want him there. Nathan's wants him there,' Shea said.

'We are devastated to study that Joey Chestnut has chosen to correspond a rival marque that sells plant-based basking dogs alternatively than competing successful nan 2024 Nathan's Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest,' publication a connection from Major League Eating (MLE), which sanctions nan event. 

'MLE and Nathan's went to awesome lengths to accommodate Joey and his guidance team, agreeing to nan quality interest and allowing Joey to compete successful a rival, unbranded basking canine eating title connected Labor Day. 

Chestnut has won nan Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest a grounds 16 times - including successful 2023

'Joey Chestnut is an American hero. We would emotion thing much than to person him astatine nan Nathan's Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest, which he has dominated for years. We dream that he returns erstwhile he is not representing a rival brand.'

One root told nan New York Post that Chestnut was paid $200,000 to look astatine past year's contest, and was moreover offered a $1.2 million, four-year woody opening this year.

Ultimately, Chestnut felt compelled to grant his unspecified statement pinch Impossible Foods.

Chestnut has been eating competitively since 2005 and has been devouring nan title ever since. He's won this title a grounds 16 times and is nan reigning champion.

His grounds of 76 basking dogs eaten astatine nan 2021 Nathan's title remains nan astir eaten competitively astir nan world.

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