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    I thought Topher was great. I'm sorry he left but I understand completely. Topher had plenty of reasons.

    My only disappointment with Topher is that he didn't enlighten Rocco as to what a lousy manager he was. I expected Topher, above all others, to try to smooth the path for the employees left behind. He kept saying "I'm unhappy" instead of saying "this is what's making me unhappy ... "

    Love ya, Topher. Good luck with your career.

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    PEOPLE REALIZE THIS IS AN TV SHOW -NOT REALITY. HERES TODAYS ARTICLE FROM THE NY POST ON TOPHER... JUST TAKE THIS SHOW AS MINDLESS ENTERTAINMENT... ANYONE WHO BELIEVES THESE REALITY SHOWS ARE ANYTHING REAL IS A FOOL.. THE PEOPLE CHOSEN WERE THERE FOR A REASON AND NO ONE WOULD BE BEHAVING THE SAME WAY WITHOUT CAMERAS. BY THE WAY, ROCCOS HAS ALSO BEEN SITED FOR NUMEROUS HEALTH VIOLATIONS BY THE STATE DEPT OF HEALTH (SEE WWW.SMOKINGGUN.COM)


    FROM NEW YORK POST
    August 12, 2003 -- TOPHER Goodman, the weeping waiter who walked out on Rocco Dispirito during Sunday's episode of "The Restaurant," says he was right to quit. "As soon as I first got [to Rocco's], I saw I was standing on what was a deeply sinking ship," Goodman told The Post yesterday.

    "No one was paying attention, no one was showing they had compassion for the staff, so why should I care?" he said.

    Topher is back waiting tables again at the restaurant at which he'd worked before getting a job at Rocco's - East of Eighth, at 23rd Street and 8th Avenue.

    And he has no regrets even now that the show is a hit - and he became a major character. "It could have been one of those 'You don't know what you've got 'til it's gone' scenarios - but it was smart to move on," he said.

    "I quit on a Monday night and the cameras were there until [the following] Saturday," said Goodman.

    "I could've stuck it out to gain camera time and further myself in the business, but . . . once I hit that moment of truth inside myself, I'm done."

    Much of Sunday's episode dealt with Goodman's vocal criticism of Dispirito's management style as things got chaotic at Rocco's, the downtown setting for "The Restaurant."

    Things got especially bad when Dispirito convinced ex-bartender Lola to come back as beverage manager - and then gave her his red Vespa motorcycle to lure her back.

    That was the final straw for Goodman, who promptly and tearfully quit - despite Dispirito's best efforts to persuade him otherwise.

    "I was kind of burned out," Goodman says "Under no circumstances was I going to stay at a place that was unhealthy for me.

    "To me, my own personal happiness was more important - show or no show," Goodman says.

    Well, maybe. While Goodman is back at East of Eighth, the trappings of (fleeting) fame have whet his appetite for more.

    "I'm trying to parlay what happened to me on TV into something else," he says. "I loved the experience of just being myself on camera, and I would honestly love more of an opportunity to share more of myself on TV."

    And Goodman says he bears no hard feelings toward Dispirito.

    "I hope the editing of the show doesn't make him seem resentful of me," he says. "I certainly had a great experience and I hope we both walked away having gained something.

    "I don't know what happened after I walked out the door, but I think Rocco learned from losing his favorite waiter."

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    I was so sad to see Topher leave. He was my favorite person on the show. I'm sure he was missed by everybody. I loved to see his smile and positive outlook towards everyone. He's the type of server I want when I go to a restaurant.
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    I was so sad to see him go.......I would love to have him as my waiter any day of the week...he is sweet,charming and above all,he cares.I know nothing but good things are in store for him...someone as smart and in touch with himself as Topher is will go far in this life.
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    Oh, poor baby didn't get a vespa...

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    Quote Originally Posted by bostonsinclair
    PEOPLE REALIZE THIS IS AN TV SHOW -NOT REALITY. HERES TODAYS ARTICLE FROM THE NY POST ON TOPHER... JUST TAKE THIS SHOW AS MINDLESS ENTERTAINMENT... ANYONE WHO BELIEVES THESE REALITY SHOWS ARE ANYTHING REAL IS A FOOL.. THE PEOPLE CHOSEN WERE THERE FOR A REASON AND NO ONE WOULD BE BEHAVING THE SAME WAY WITHOUT CAMERAS. BY THE WAY, ROCCOS HAS ALSO BEEN SITED FOR NUMEROUS HEALTH VIOLATIONS BY THE STATE DEPT OF HEALTH (SEE WWW.SMOKINGGUN.COM)


    FROM NEW YORK POST
    August 12, 2003 -- TOPHER Goodman, the weeping waiter who walked out on Rocco Dispirito during Sunday's episode of "The Restaurant," says he was right to quit. "As soon as I first got [to Rocco's], I saw I was standing on what was a deeply sinking ship," Goodman told The Post yesterday.

    "No one was paying attention, no one was showing they had compassion for the staff, so why should I care?" he said.

    Topher is back waiting tables again at the restaurant at which he'd worked before getting a job at Rocco's - East of Eighth, at 23rd Street and 8th Avenue.

    And he has no regrets even now that the show is a hit - and he became a major character. "It could have been one of those 'You don't know what you've got 'til it's gone' scenarios - but it was smart to move on," he said.

    "I quit on a Monday night and the cameras were there until [the following] Saturday," said Goodman.

    "I could've stuck it out to gain camera time and further myself in the business, but . . . once I hit that moment of truth inside myself, I'm done."

    Much of Sunday's episode dealt with Goodman's vocal criticism of Dispirito's management style as things got chaotic at Rocco's, the downtown setting for "The Restaurant."

    Things got especially bad when Dispirito convinced ex-bartender Lola to come back as beverage manager - and then gave her his red Vespa motorcycle to lure her back.

    That was the final straw for Goodman, who promptly and tearfully quit - despite Dispirito's best efforts to persuade him otherwise.

    "I was kind of burned out," Goodman says "Under no circumstances was I going to stay at a place that was unhealthy for me.

    "To me, my own personal happiness was more important - show or no show," Goodman says.

    Well, maybe. While Goodman is back at East of Eighth, the trappings of (fleeting) fame have whet his appetite for more.

    "I'm trying to parlay what happened to me on TV into something else," he says. "I loved the experience of just being myself on camera, and I would honestly love more of an opportunity to share more of myself on TV."

    And Goodman says he bears no hard feelings toward Dispirito.

    "I hope the editing of the show doesn't make him seem resentful of me," he says. "I certainly had a great experience and I hope we both walked away having gained something.

    "I don't know what happened after I walked out the door, but I think Rocco learned from losing his favorite waiter."
    I'm still not sure if I understand your post. Do you not think Topher REALLY quit.

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    "I don't know what happened after I walked out the door, but I think Rocco learned from losing his favorite waiter."

    Give me a break. Topher is gone and forgotten. He needs to get over himself. He had his 5 minutes of fame.

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    topher was funny
    but god he kept making it feel like a soap opera with all his feelings and sh**
    news flash life aint perfect

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    Quote Originally Posted by IloveRocco
    "I don't know what happened after I walked out the door, but I think Rocco learned from losing his favorite waiter."

    Give me a break. Topher is gone and forgotten. He needs to get over himself. He had his 5 minutes of fame.
    They need to take him out of the opening teaser!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kdharner
    They need to take him out of the opening teaser!
    I think they did? didn't they? I could have sworn he and that one
    girl wern't in it.

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