Lee was replaced with Padma Lakshmi, who hosted the next 15 seasons of the show.
However, no one is certain what really happened.
It seemed he was going to be a major Top Chef success story — until he became the opposite.
She has hosted the cooking competition program on continuously since 2006.
It amassed a huge negative backlash from regular viewers of the show and became one of the most disliked video of the Internet series.