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'Man v. Food' to return without Adam Richman, social media rallies to support original host

Travel Channel's hit series "Man v. Food" has long been a favorite of extreme food fanatics. 

This summer, the show that made Adam Richman a household name is back with new episodes after a five year hiatus-- but with one big thing missing: the show's original host.

The series, which originally ran for four seasons from 2008 to 2012, featured Richman eating his way across America, taking on the most extreme challenges, from fiery hot foods to larger than life platters.

But the new season of “Man v. Food” will be hosted by food lover, actor and restaurant business veteran Casey Webb, Travel Channel announced earlier this month.

And the internet is not happy about it.

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Fans of the original show's host haven’t held back in expressing their opinions over the reboot's new face. Online, people have even gone so far as to start a social media petition, encouraging others to write to Travel Channel to show the network their support of Richman, claiming he’s the reason the show succeeded.

Many people have stated they won’t be watching the new show without the original host. Twitter user Kate McLoughney wrote, “Definitely won't be watching this.. No one can replace @AdamRichman !!”

Gioia Rizzo tweeted, “What a joke. The show became what it was because of its charismatic host & his passion for food. This is an insult. Done with this channel.” Others were in agreement.

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Though Richman may have become famous chowing down on extreme eats, the TV personality has cut back on overindulging in real life, shedding 70 pounds on 2014. 

Production for the new “Man v. Food” began in May, shortly after Travel Channel’s announcement. For extreme food fans open to checking out the new season with host Casey Webb, the show is set to premiere in August.