Giada was quoted in Star's story as saying "I've met him and he's a great guy, but I just like his music, that's all." And yet! The words "John & Giada: sizzling hookup" made the cover. Giada's statement reads:
November 10, 2010
OFFICIAL STATEMENT ON BEHALF OF GIADA DE LAURENTIIS
In response to STAR magazine story (November 22, 2010 issue)
"It is a shame a media outlet such as Star needs to rely on disgraceful lies and hide behind false anonymous "sources" in order to entertain their readers. When the Star reporter approached Giada De Laurentiis on Sunday, while she was co-hosting a children's cancer fundraiser, Giada responded unequivocally that she did not see John Mayer when she was in New York for the Food and Wine Festival. Furthermore, contrary to the claims of an anonymous "source," at no time did Giada step foot in the Gansevoort Hotel. Giada indeed met John Mayer briefly at a charity event in 2007 but has not seen him since. To be clear, they are not friends and cannot even go so far as to call John Mayer an acquaintance. There is not a sliver of truth to Starmagazine's story. It is unfortunate Star would publish these malicious untruths without reporting the fact that Giada was with her husband Todd that weekend in New York, along with their family and friends. Giada De Laurentiis and her family deserve an apology and we demand an immediate retraction."
To add injury to insult, Giada's grandfather, filmmaker Dino De Laurentiis, has died at the age of 91. Dino produced Serpico, Dune, Fellini's Nights of Cabiria, the 1976 version of King Kong and Army of Darkness, among others.
Official Statement on Behalf of Giada De Laurentiis [GiadaDeLaurentiis.com]
Filmmaker Dino De Laurentiis dies at age 91 [USA Today]