Tim "Eater X" Janus stated on twitter that he will become a free agent (presumably MLE contract will expire) on April 12.


  1. anonymous said

    February 23, 2016 @ 4:08 pm

    Who the fuck cares?

  2. anonymous said

    February 23, 2016 @ 4:09 pm

    So what’s he gonna do ? Join APE and do their one contest a year?

  3. anonymous said

    February 23, 2016 @ 4:10 pm

    Maybe Boone can recruit him in WLOCE

  4. Anonymous said

    February 23, 2016 @ 5:44 pm

    “I had a great time filming @SHO_Billions The cast and crew were so nice, and what a treat it was to do something so different!” It means MLE gets no say and gains nothing from whatever opportunities develop. It isn’t about contests.

  5. anonymous said

    February 23, 2016 @ 7:44 pm


  6. anonymous said

    February 23, 2016 @ 10:46 pm

    Wow i always thought Janus was loyal to IFOCE till day he dies. With his good looks he can become a leading man in Hollywood and stuff his face at same time.

  7. Jam.Josh said (Registered April 11, 2013)

    February 23, 2016 @ 10:50 pm

    @7:44, by everyone you mean 2 or 3? I don’t think they are jumping ship so much as they are interested in trying new things. After over 10 years I don’t blame them for wanting to do different things.

  8. anonymous said

    February 23, 2016 @ 11:51 pm

    Smelkin hasnt jumped ship yet and hes been with organization since 1997

  9. Anonymous said

    February 24, 2016 @ 12:33 am

    @5:44 is right. If Janus cared so much about eating, he would have competed more often in the last few years. Joining APE is not his concern. He just doesn’t want to be tied down.

  10. anonymous said

    February 24, 2016 @ 2:17 am

    Who are the former MLE eaters who went to APE?

    Arnie Chapman
    Dave O’Karma (??)
    Joe LaRue
    Joe Menchetti
    Stephanie Torres
    Jamie McDonald

  11. Anonymous said

    February 24, 2016 @ 7:26 am

    Tim Janus showed last year at Nathan’s that even though he barely competes he is able to ride to a comfortable third place, solidifying the fact that MLE consists of Joey, Matt, Tim and Shea’s fillers who more or less join MLE to put they’re “ranked #X in the world in competitive eating”. Who are they kidding?

  12. anonymous said

    February 24, 2016 @ 8:35 am

    Smelkin hasnt signed a contract since 2006

  13. anonymous said

    February 24, 2016 @ 10:49 am

    The Shea’s won’t de-rank Smelkin for fear that he may do something rash like doing a swan dive off the GWB.

  14. anonymous said

    February 24, 2016 @ 12:17 pm

    nobody ever questioned Tim ability as an eater then and now but i think its obvious he never liked being overshadowed by better eaters like sudo stonie chestnut and lesco and the are better than him

  15. Anonymous said

    February 24, 2016 @ 1:15 pm

    eating contests are slowly losing steam.

  16. Randy Santel said (Registered June 2, 2010)

    February 24, 2016 @ 1:50 pm

    @1:15 slowly? lol if you compare the amount of challenges and contests as well as active eaters in 2011 to 2016, it’s night and day. The “steam” was gone by 2014. Now the word to use in America is dying. The only growth is in Australia and Europe.

  17. Anonymous said

    February 24, 2016 @ 1:51 pm

    1:15 correction: MLE contests are going down, notice they are still hosting the eating contest. Please read.

  18. Anonymous said

    February 24, 2016 @ 8:46 pm

    I personally am one of the newer eaters in the contest scenes. I noticed a huge drop off in 2015 for contests. Like very huge. But there are quite a few new people stepping up. Contests just arent there as much now.

  19. anonymous said

    February 25, 2016 @ 1:16 am

    The reason CE is dying is because Man vs Food is no longer on TV. Also, Todd does not put a lot of work into All Pro.

  20. Anonymous said

    February 25, 2016 @ 8:53 am

    CE is not dying. It is just that there are different contests in different years. MLE needs to come up with more WOW though. They will lose not just good eaters but good people to represent them. Janus is a case in point. Plus many of those people create their own opportunities that have little to do with MLE helping them.

  21. ojrifkin said (Registered July 27, 2005)

    February 25, 2016 @ 10:40 am

    Its appeal is becoming more selective ;)

  22. anonymous said

    February 25, 2016 @ 11:48 am

    I used to think i was some sort of a celebrity or someone important when i was a competitive eater but as time went by i realized i was probably being laughed at and mocked behind my back by family friends and co workers

  23. Old Eater said

    February 25, 2016 @ 1:26 pm

    1148 .Me too You can tell when you talk to people right away if they like it or hate it.Some are amazed and want to hear more and some say don’t say anymore.All I know is that we all were born this way and we enjoy it very much.If You eat in MLE,APE, etc or just like to do a simple restraunt challenge.Its a lot of fun on any level.I enjoy OJ’s site very much and I commend Him or Her for doing this each and every Day.If we could filter out the trashy stuff I would even enjoy the site more.I still check it every Day .No matter what level of eating You do just enjoy and have fun.Life is short.

  24. BigWillTheChamp said (Registered February 1, 2009)

    February 25, 2016 @ 10:25 pm

    Agreed. At first when you’re winning contests and you get the thrill of the stage, you feel like a low level rock star.

    As time goes by, it becomes this thing you do once in awhile that people find gross and/or interesting.

    It really has taken a decline and I wish I would have gotten involved during the “golden age”. Seems like there used to me more of an air of excitement. Now it all seems so pedestrian at times.

  25. anonymous said

    February 25, 2016 @ 10:38 pm

    In the golden age you didn’t feel like a clown on stage.As weird as it sounds there was some sort of prestige attached to it. The media dictates your overall popularity. If you receive extensive media coverage other than a cameo spot from a contest, then everyone thinks your something special.

  26. Anonymous said

    February 25, 2016 @ 10:59 pm

    years ago i was a fan (and still am) of CE. Eating on the 4th at Nathans, for the (“100th Anniversary”) would be AWESOME, and i would willingly sign the contract for that, but that’s it.

    The ranking would be kinda cool, but only for a short time and would it be something i even thought about that much, I am currently a better eater then lots of people ranked with MLE

    MLE has lost some great eaters and failed to sign others, but that does not mean that those same people, who were great eaters then are no longer great eaters. We just dont hear about them as much, partially because MLE gives us the platform to hear about them.

    I understand the pros and cons of signing and not signing with MLE. Each eater just has to weigh those for themselves.

  27. Anonymous said

    February 26, 2016 @ 9:51 am

    I know from talking to him that he’s come to view competitive eating as potentially very dangerous, and thinks that most eaters are too quick to dismiss the possibility (or they’re in denial about it) that they’re slowly hurting themselves or risking something catastrophic. I think his desire to leave MLE is not just about a contract but also about his wish to be smarter with his body.

  28. anonymous said

    February 26, 2016 @ 11:56 am

    951 Janus is not a fan of mine and feeling is mutual. Always felt he was a smart kid with head on his shoulder but i felt that was negated due to his desire to destroy his body with competitive eating. Segment some years back on Discovery channel convinced me. However if what you say is truth ,i have alot more respect for him now than i did before

  29. anonymous said

    February 27, 2016 @ 4:00 am

    Maybe Janus can somehow talk his 44 yr old buddy Conti into retiring before he does any more damage to his intestines

  30. Anonymous said

    February 27, 2016 @ 8:26 am

    From someone who knows Janus well, many of the comments are full of baloney.

  31. Anonymous said

    March 31, 2016 @ 1:45 am

    haha janus bad mouthed and cursed ape for years, they were the losers in his world. many know he was already begging to get into their big tv event filming later this year. april is almost here and soon everyone will know janus the hypocrite. always all bout little timmy me me me

  32. anonymous said

    March 31, 2016 @ 1:10 pm

    1:45: Very good point! I bet Tim does do Battle of the Big Eaters this year! Imagine a team of Molly, Pat, Tim, and either Tom, Bob, or Dave B.

  33. Anonymous said

    March 31, 2016 @ 3:35 pm

    Imagine Pat, Bob, Molly, and Tim representing team USA! That would be total annihilation!

  34. Anonymous said

    March 31, 2016 @ 6:31 pm

    Battle of the big eaters will not be similar next episode

  35. anonymous said

    March 31, 2016 @ 7:11 pm

    A true dream team, if it were allowed, would be Molly, Joey, Matt, and Pat.

  36. ojrifkin said (Registered July 27, 2005)

    April 1, 2016 @ 10:03 am

    Battle of the Big Eaters 4 could be interesting. Australian eating challenges have really taken off recently, especially in Melbourne


    LeaLovesLifting and her 350+ sushi piece capacity could headline the German team if they are invited


  37. Anonymous said

    April 1, 2016 @ 11:57 am

    We also usually don’t redo the same country

  38. anonymous said

    April 1, 2016 @ 11:59 am

    I heard once a team loses, other than Japan, they are out for a while. I think there are too many other countries that should get a shot before Australia again, like Singapore, Korea, the Philippines, Germany, Canada, etc.

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