A hairdresser from Kent who appeared as a contestant on Come Dine With Me has contacted police after receiving death threats.
Marcello Marino, 41, of Ramsgate, received hate mail after he criticised other guests on the Channel 4 show.
Officers gave the salon owner advice and urged him to contact them again if he continued to receive abuse.
Mr Marino said: "I never thought it would go that big and people would go mad about it. I didn't realise."
He added: "I didn't want to leave the house, I was so shocked. People said some horrible things and threatened to kill me."