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Originally published Thursday, November 20, 2008 at 12:00 AM

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Dismissed Robert Irvine returns to Food's "Dinner Impossible"

After getting dumped from Food Network's "Dinner: Impossible" series in March following revelations that he'd exaggerated details of his résumé, Robert Irvine is making a comeback on the same show.

The Associated Press

It may not be impossible, but it seemed improbable.

After getting dumped from Food Network's "Dinner: Impossible" series in March following revelations that he'd exaggerated details of his resume, Robert Irvine is making a comeback on the same show.

Production of six new episodes starring Irvine will begin this month, Food Network spokeswoman Carrie Welch said in a written statement. The show challenges its chef to prepare meals under extreme conditions.

"Our audience has continued to demonstrate its interest in and support for Robert," Welch said. "He has taken responsibility and made a conscious effort to clear the air, rebuild the relationship with Food Network and apologize for the earlier inaccuracies."

Irvine had hosted the show for four seasons. The network in March said it would revisit its decision not to renew his contract at the end of the season. Meanwhile, Food Network Iron Chef Michael Symon filled in for Irvine, taping 10 hourlong episodes.

"I am very excited to continue taping more episodes of 'Dinner: Impossible,' " Irvine said in a written statement. "I am thrilled to further my relationship with the network and embark on more challenging episodes of this popular series."

New episodes starring Irvine will begin airing March 2009.

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