Breaking News Bar
updated: 11/14/2013 1:45 PM

Former Vegas mayor blames Bourdain spat on booze

hello
Success - Article sent! close
 
Associated Press

LAS VEGAS -- In true Vegas fashion, former mayor Oscar Goodman is blaming it on the booze.

Sin City's ubiquitous cheerleader made headlines when he threatened to go home Sunday night after waiting 20 minutes for an interview with Anthony Bourdain, host of CNN's travel show "Parts Unknown."

Order Reprint Print Article
 
Interested in reusing this article?
Custom reprints are a powerful and strategic way to share your article with customers, employees and prospects.
The YGS Group provides digital and printed reprint services for Daily Herald. Complete the form to the right and a reprint consultant will contact you to discuss how you can reuse this article.
Need more information about reprints? Visit our Reprints Section for more details.

Contact information ( * required )

Success - request sent close

Bourdain was in town filming an episode. He responded via Twitter on Wednesday that he had not been late for the meeting with the former mayor at Oscar's Beef Booze Broads Steakhouse at the Plaza.

Both men denied a column in the Las Vegas Review-Journal that ran with a headline suggesting Goodman was "broiling" over the incident. Columnist Norm Clarke told The Associated Press that Goodman thought Bourdain was late and was grousing about it in front of reporters and hotel officials.

On Wednesday, Goodman said if he gave the impression that he was mad, it was only because he was three martinis in. He said he should not be held accountable for his actions after 5 p.m., and that at least he wasn't smoking crack, unlike a certain Toronto official.

"We were hugging each other like two long-lost soul brothers who hadn't seen each other for 30 years," said the mob lawyer come city official, who has a fondness for borscht belt jokes even before 5 o'clock. "I was hugging him because I was trying to stand up."

The long-lost brothers have still not cleared up the timing issue. Goodman said he was about to go home and have his fourth martini after showing up at 8 p.m. and waiting 20 minutes, but decided to stay after Bourdain's producers told him the host was delayed at Caesars Palace.

Bourdain said he doesn't mind being portrayed as a jerk -- using a more vulgar term -- but he doesn't like being called the kind of jerk who makes people wait.

The Food Network alum said he arrived at the agreed-upon time, and Goodman was making an honest mistake.

Goodman was Las Vegas' mayor from 1999 to 2011 and now works with tourism officials.

Share this page
Comments ()
Guidelines: Keep it civil and on topic; no profanity, vulgarity, slurs or personal attacks. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked. If a comment violates these standards or our terms of service, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box. To find our more, read our FAQ.
    help here