CNN's Eatocracy blog has an interview with Suzanne "Suzilla" French about her show on Planet Green. She made her debut in competitive eating in 2009 at Corndogorama because she needed money to pay off her student loan.

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  1. KevinRoss said

    December 23, 2011 @ 12:53 pm

    I get irked every time I read people write things such as “She’s the fourth-ranked competitive eater in the world”. CNN can’t afford to do the slightest bit of research, it’s crazy. Maybe my new goal in life should be to approach various news outlets with ridiculous made up stories and see how many I can get them to print.

  2. Jez said

    December 23, 2011 @ 1:57 pm

    Im the worlds best eater at gorky park

  3. Cha Ching said

    December 23, 2011 @ 2:59 pm

    For laughs I Googled CNN and Sonya Thomas. CNN has a site devoted to The Black Widow listing all the stories they wrote about Sonya being the number four eater in the world and top overall woman eater. http://topics.cnn.com/topics/sonya_thomas

    I posted on the CNN site that they need to do a little fact checking when your own organization disputes your own story. The Indianapolis Colts just claimed they’re the number one football team in the NFL. So I guess the Super Bowl’s off this year.

  4. Cha Ching said

    December 23, 2011 @ 3:05 pm

    Oh yeah I like the way Suzy talks about the corn dog eating competition but fails to mention that she lost to another woman no less. I was hoping it would be different, but hearing it from her own words is making this woman out to be a con artist. I’m finding everything about her to phoney.

  5. anonymous said

    December 23, 2011 @ 3:32 pm

    Ok sonya relax

  6. EATERS UNITE! said

    December 23, 2011 @ 3:38 pm

    Every legit eater and fans of competitive eating need to post a comment on CNN story’s site calling this Suzy fraud out. Her press material bull crap is one thing, but CNN repeating it? That ain’t right. I hope CNN isn’t planning an interview any time soon with a legit eater that Suzy and now CNN claims she is better than. Good luck on the Fourth of July when the only eater that returns your call is Dale Boone — yikes.

  7. Watch close said

    December 23, 2011 @ 4:31 pm

    Wow the Sonya stuff is out dated by 3 or 4 years. Give it a rest.. So bad so sad … Suzilla rules the top of the female roast………… Go WLOCE

  8. Wipe my tears........... said

    December 23, 2011 @ 4:32 pm

    EATERS UNITE… they did united they all with WLOCE now days…… bye bye mle/ fake pr show

  9. Food is Fun said

    December 23, 2011 @ 4:58 pm

    Number one because MLE said so? The list of ranked eaters by MLE is certainly impressive but since they limit the contest to the people who they “own” its a flawed ranking at the very least. In no way does MLE decide for the world of CE who is better than who. Torres is a good example of how flawed and CLC how corrupt MLE is when ranking CE. Come on people, WAKE UP!
    I just sent a letter praising the number #4 eaterMs. French and her accomplishments to CNN and several other media outlets.

  10. Hmm said (Registered November 12, 2009)

    December 23, 2011 @ 4:59 pm

    Well Boonie, you may find out that words are mightier than barf. CNN will not like being made fools of, say whatever you want, Sonya is an icon and you are a Buffoon. Suzy would be best served by breaking all ties with you, then she will have a chance. That’s all for now, says Bugs Bunny.

  11. Sorry Charlie said

    December 23, 2011 @ 5:04 pm

    She Been Signed. Long back. WLOCE is a real League with real contests in USA and abroad. Facts are Facts.

  12. Anonymous said

    December 23, 2011 @ 5:11 pm

    Yeah, I guess that proves it. Suzy’s the best. She should leave WLOCE and sign up for Nathan’s for a sure fire 10 grand.

  13. She is Great and number 4 said

    December 23, 2011 @ 5:19 pm

    Number one because MLE said so? The list of ranked eaters by MLE is certainly impressive but since they limit the contest to the people who they “own” its a flawed ranking at the very least. In no way does MLE decide for the world of CE who is better than who. Torres is a good example of how flawed and CLC how corrupt MLE is when ranking CE. Come on people, WAKE UP!
    I just sent a letter praising the number #4 eaterMs. French and her accomplishments to CNN and several other media outlets.

  14. anonymous said

    December 23, 2011 @ 6:06 pm

    I hear seiken is thinking of joinin WLOCE. MLE done shit for him and nows payback time

  15. Journalist said

    December 23, 2011 @ 6:57 pm

    Seiken is a detriment. Joining WLOCE is a great way to drag that league down from its already rock bottom level.

  16. Naader Reda said

    December 23, 2011 @ 7:08 pm

    What stands out to me is the amount of attention and controversy that Suzilla has generated. She is becoming a/the public face of CE. The rest of us are bothered by the ranking issues and the fact that no independent research is being done to check claims. Maybe CNN came across the WLOCE rankings and didn’t understand the split innthe eating world between federations?

  17. The Real Smack said

    December 23, 2011 @ 10:01 pm

    I can just imagine George and Rich’s response to Seiken’s “threat” to leave MLE: “You promise?”

    That would be one happy day, getting rid of that big, sorry, forever complaining, shit slinging, trouble making, royal pain in the ass!

  18. anonymous said

    December 23, 2011 @ 10:10 pm

    Its all about jealousy. French is the real deal and she will beat the so called champion females of the IFOCE very soon

  19. foodisgood said

    December 23, 2011 @ 11:59 pm

    For one thing, Suzy and the show aren’t claiming that she’s the 4th ranked WOMAN competitive eater in the world, they’re saying she is the 4th ranked competitive eater, which is just insane. Regardless of WLOCE, MLE, or whatever the hell ranking system you want to use, this chick was UNKNOWN until this show, and has hardly any competitive eating accomplishments. She clearly has not done anything CLOSE to the likes of Joey Chestnut, Kobeyashi, Bertoletti, the Black Widow, or plenty others, so bottom line is, she is nowhere near the 4th best competitive eater. I do not see how you could possibly argue that she is.

  20. Giddy said

    December 24, 2011 @ 5:15 am

    That program will also serve to increase her ability to beat legitimate world class eaters.

    Just think, if Boone’s league takes Koby’s name off the list, who doesn’t want to be there anyway, Zilla can become the #3 ranked eater in the world.

    And if she could … somehow… move ahead of #3, she could be the world’s second ranked eater, right behind the world champ himself.

    I am giddy with excitement thinking of the possibilities.

  21. Anonymous said

    December 24, 2011 @ 5:29 am

    I do, however, think she could beat Seiken, and he’s legendary … isn’t he?

  22. Anonymous said

    December 24, 2011 @ 5:56 am

    CNN knows who TBW is and they probably took it for granted that she overtook TBW in the rankings or that TBW retired.

  23. Anonymous said

    December 24, 2011 @ 6:22 pm

    Just came from the eatocracy blog. I guess Rhonda does post sometimes on weekends but maybe not on eatfeats. She recently made this post. What a stupid comment.

    ‘Zilla is certainly the best female eater on a television program, and she is cute and entertaining! Gosh, darn it, I wonder how she would stack up against Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas (just google her), “The Lovely” Juliet Lee, or Stephanie Torres, even though she is considered the #4-ranked eater in the world (by whom?).

    Self-proclaimed World Champion Dale Boone has been beaten (and badly) by Sonya Thomas and on several occasions the poor thing could not keep his food down. Yet, he is ranked # 1 in the world in the same organization in which Ms French is ranked # 4.

    I’ve never been good with numbers, but somehow this doesn’t add up, excuse my lack of math prowess, however.”

  24. Anonymous said

    December 24, 2011 @ 8:04 pm

    Rhonda tells it exactly like it is. Brilliant, frankly.

  25. Naader Reda said

    December 24, 2011 @ 8:57 pm

    To piggy back off that last comment, Suzilla may have problems battling much less talented figures than Sonya Thomas or Stephanie Torres. It’s troubling enough that she couldn’t complete the challenge at Fat Sal’s. But is that the issue? It’s unlikely we’ll ever see any showdowns since the show is more about showcasing Ms. French, publicizing the places she visits, and having eat-offs with amateur locals. There’s no incentive for her to face someone and lose credibility. The bigger deal (to me) is how the WLOCE rankings have been given prominence by this new program. The media continues to parrot this “ranked #4″ line. This is something that won’t be undone so easily. There’s a lot of heat and light being exposed here on eatfeats, but who knows if that will affect that the show’s ratings. The controversy might get more people tuning in. I’m curious if IFOCE is preparing any response.

  26. Lawn Mower said

    December 24, 2011 @ 9:43 pm

    Dale could your ass be grass?

  27. ojrifkin said (Registered July 27, 2005)

    December 26, 2011 @ 7:41 pm

    Two additional Rhonda Evans comments (which may be from a different “Rhonda Evans”) where posted on CNN.com just after midnight on Christmas. At least one comment was apparently rejected.

  28. "Tiny" said (Registered March 5, 2008)

    February 17, 2012 @ 2:57 pm

    I stumbled across this show of hers yesterday. Boy does she fucking SUCK! Who the fuck said she is #4 in the world? Which world do they speak of? Not EARTH! Sorry to say fuck so many times but FUCK!
    My cat can out eat this bitch.

  29. Dang said

    February 18, 2012 @ 1:40 am

    I think this is the link on YouTube http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=-TvC5th3YwE

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