What is Jon Taffer's net worth? Entrepreneur compares unemployed people to dogs on Fox News

'A hungry dog is an obedient dog,' said Taffer when he appeared on Fox News' 'The Ingraham Angle,' while advocating against unemployment benefits


                            What is Jon Taffer's net worth? Entrepreneur compares unemployed people to dogs on Fox News
Jon Taffer at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on March 07, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada (Photo by Bryan Steffy/Getty Images for Keep Memo

Entrepreneur Jon Taffer has faced a lot of criticism online after he compared unemployed people to dogs while on Laura Ingraham's show. The 66-year-old appeared on Fox News’ ‘The Ingraham Angle’ on Thursday, August 13, and spoke about American restaurant employees receiving Covid-19 unemployment benefits with Laura Ingraham. Taffer suggested that government benefits are making people too lazy to look for another job.

He then went on to blame unemployment benefits for staffing issues in the restaurant and bar industry. The television personality stated, “I had a friend in the military who trains military dogs. They only feed a military dog at night, because a hungry dog is an obedient dog. Well, if we are not causing people to be hungry to work, then we’re providing them with all the meals they need sitting at home… These benefits make absolutely no sense to us.”

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Talk show host Laura Ingraham speaks during CPAC 2019 February 28, 2019 in National Harbor, Maryland. The American Conservative Union hosts the annual Conservative Political Action Conference to discuss conservative agenda. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

 

Ingraham then said that the government should remove unemployment aids — not for the “truly hungry,” but only for those “who can work but refuse to work.” She added, “The government is literally putting anvils in many ways on people’s shoulders either through the mandates, regulations and now through free money… The Piper eventually has to be paid.”

Host of "Bar Rescue" Jon Taffer speaks during Spike’s "Bar Rescue" 100th Episode Celebration with Jon Taffer at STK Midtown on March 1, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Spike TV)

 

What is Jon Taffer's net worth?

According to reports, Taffer’s net worth is estimated to be between $10 million to $15 million. After he made such an insensitive statement on Ingraham's show, Twitter users did not hesitate to slam him. A person even shared a photo of what seemed like a receipt and claimed that the businessman took loans during the pandemic.

A user, @Vegas_JBGC, tweeted, “Jon Taffer, who just compared the unemployed to dogs on Laura Ingraham, has an office in Las Vegas and took two PPP loans.” The second one commented, “You know what happens if a pack of dogs is kept poorly fed and starving without being shown any love for too long? It takes down and eats it's damn owner when they open the cage door one day. I think we are rapidly nearing that day…”

Nightclub & Bar Media Group President, host and Co-Executive Producer of the Spike television show 'Bar Rescue' Jon Taffer attends the 30th annual Nightclub & Bar Convention and Trade Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center on April 1, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Isaac Brekken/Getty Images for Nightclub & Bar Media Group)


 



 

An angry tweet read, “It's hypocrisy he can dip his hand into the government kettle twice, but says other people need to get to work. If assistance was there for him why shouldn't it be for everyone else?” Another added, “Jon Taffer should be required to pay back both PPP loans in full. If he doesn't have the money, lardass Taffer can go without meals. The hunger will motivate @jontaffer to get off his fat ass & work harder”.



 

 

 



 

 

After such a huge online backlash, Taffer tweeted an apology on Friday, August 14, saying: “Regarding an interview I did yesterday, I want to sincerely apologize for using a terrible analogy in reference to the unemployment situation. That was not my intention and I greatly regret it." In a follow-up tweet, he added, "My comment was an unfortunate attempt to express a desire for our lives to return to normal. I recognize this has been a challenging year for everyone, and I am eager for the hospitality industry to come back stronger than ever.”

Nightclub & Bar Media Group President, host and Co-Executive Producer of the Spike television show 'Bar Rescue' Jon Taffer speaks during the 30th annual Nightclub & Bar Convention and Trade Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center on March 31, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images for Nightclub & Bar Media Group)


 

 



 

People were not convinced by his apology though. One person tweeted, “LOL looks like someone got a call from the bosses! Don’t believe a word of your apology. That was the real you and your real beliefs…be a man and own it.”

“You don't accidentally wish people would starve, dude. Maybe you don't even realize it yourself but you hold all workers in deep, deep contempt. Reevaluate yourself and your life and direct your energies somewhere else, preferably quietly and in a corner,” another user added.



 



 

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