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No-ey Chestnut! Reigning champ of Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest banned from 2024 showing


Joey Chestnut, the chow-down champ with 16 Nathan’s Famous hot dog-devouring victories under his belt, will not return for this year’s annual all-you-can-eat competition in Coney Island.

The professional eater has been banned from the event due to his decision to represent a rival hot dog brand, officials confirmed Tuesday.

Major League Eating, the organization behind the beloved Fourth of July tradition, said they recently tried to work with Chestnut’s management company by agreeing to an appearance fee and allowing him to compete in other contests.

But, to be frank, they just couldn’t make the partnership work any longer.

“We are devastated to learn that Joey Chestnut has chosen to represent a rival brand that sells plant-based hot dogs rather than competing in the 2024 Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest,” a representative for MLE told Brooklyn Paper in a statement. “For nearly two decades we have worked under the same basic hot dog exclusivity provisions. However, it seems that Joey and his managers have prioritized a new partnership with a different hot dog brand over our long-time relationship.”

The New York Post reported that the beef stems from a new partnership between Chestnut and Impossible Foods, which recently launched a vegan frank.

The Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest, an American staple since 1916, has in recent years become inseparable from the mention of Chestnut, who has established himself as the one to beat in the annual frank-fest.

The reigning champ may have been on roll but now another eater has a chance to take the number one spot.

“Joey Chestnut is an American hero,” MLE’s statement read on. “We would love nothing more than to have him at the Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest, which he has dominated for years. We hope that he returns when he is not representing a rival brand.”

Chestnut could not immediately be reached for comment.