NPR logo

Ex-Champ Crashes Hot Dog Eating Contest

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/128314025/128314024" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
Ex-Champ Crashes Hot Dog Eating Contest

Games & Humor

Ex-Champ Crashes Hot Dog Eating Contest

Ex-Champ Crashes Hot Dog Eating Contest

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/128314025/128314024" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

A Japanese eating champion who sat out this year's Coney Island Fourth of July hot dog contest was arrested when he showed up at the event. Takeru Kobayashi made a surprise appearance after Joey "Jaws" Chestnut gobbled his way to a fourth consecutive championship. Kobayashi got into a contract dispute and was barred from the event.

MARY LOUISE KELLY, host:

Good morning. I'm Mary Louise Kelly.

It's a July 4th tradition - no, not the fireworks. We're talking the hot dog eating competition on Coney Island. Joey Jaws Chestnut ate supreme, scarfing 54 hot dogs in 10 minutes. But with the win came scandal. Former champion Takeru Kobayashi got into a contract dispute and was barred from the event. He showed up anyway and climbed onstage. Police arrested him while the crowd chanted: Let him eat.

It's MORNING EDITION.

Copyright © 2010 NPR. All rights reserved. Visit our website terms of use and permissions pages at www.npr.org for further information.

NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by Verb8tm, Inc., an NPR contractor, and produced using a proprietary transcription process developed with NPR. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future. Accuracy and availability may vary. The authoritative record of NPR’s programming is the audio record.