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Which Hot Ones Celebrities Didn’t Shed a Tear

Which Hot Ones Celebrities Didn’t Shed a Tear

First We Feast’s “Hot Ones” has been a smash hit since its creation. On this popular show, people can see their favorite celebrities talking about themselves and promoting their latest works while also being put through the wringer as they ingest the hottest sauces in the world.

Which Hot Ones Celebrities Didn’t Shed a Tear

Of course, some celebrities were champs and handled the heat without batting an eyelash, while others, well, let’s just say they didn’t come out looking very graceful. However, whether a win or fail, Hot One celebrities sure make the episode pretty entertaining.

So, if you’re interested in knowing which celebrity guests were spice masters and which celebs cried like a baby, then keep on reading. 

Hot Ones Celebrities Who Breezed Through the Show

It’s not easy to eat some of the spiciest hot sauces in the world without it affecting you in some way or another. You’ll either start to cough and splutter, or you’ll start sweating and tearing up. 

However, the following Hot Ones celebrities barely reacted to the mind-numbingly spicy wings, which is honestly quite a feat in and of itself. So, let’s take a look at some of the amazing guests who managed to complete the challenge without shedding a single tear. 


Eating spicy wings posed no challenge to singer-songwriter Lorde. In fact, she sailed through the hot wings challenge with so much ease that she felt as if she was “being boring.”

While most guests on Hot Ones are put through the wringer as they taste every sauce, Lorde had such a good poker face that host Sean Evans kept looking for any sign that she may be struggling.

But alas, Lorde was completely at ease, going as far as laughing at some of the sauces and picking out specific flavors in them.

Honestly, the experience was like watching a true spice master in action. Yes, others may have completed the Hot Ones challenge before her, but in my eyes, Lorde was the first to complete it with such finesse. We think she could even handle our hottest variety pack!

Paul Rudd

Paul Rudd’s Hot Ones episode was absolutely legendary. Not only did he have great chemistry with host Sean Evans, but his comments were so hilarious that one actually became a viral meme all over the internet.
Still, as popular as the episode was, Hot Ones fans seem to forget how well Paul handled the heat. He went through all the ten hot wings like a pro, only pausing now and then to acknowledge the spiciness.
And as if that wasn’t enough, he even took it a step further by creating a dip made of every single hot sauce he could get his hands on for the final wing. I mean, how badass is that? Oh, and did I mention that he usually popped the whole wing into his mouth?
Overall, it’s safe to say that Paul Rudd no doubt earned his place in the Hot Ones hall of fame.

Paul Rudd's favorite sauce was the classic flavored sauces and we recommend trying our Bird's Eye Chilli sauce for that classic flavor with a twist! 

Neil deGrasse Tyson

Famous astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson sure made a bang when he appeared on Hot Ones. The combination of hot questions and even hotter wings didn’t make him falter in the least, which isn’t something you can say for a lot of people.
Honestly, he was able to answer numerous questions about the universe without missing a beat, all while eating hot wings doused in the spiciest hot sauces in the world.

In fact, rather than tearing up and sputtering while eating the Mad Dog 357 hot sauce with a Scoville rate of about 350,000, he said that he quite liked this sauce as the heat uniformly spread and fingered all his mouth. I mean, talk about composure.
Even after taking the last dab, he was able to share his vast scientific knowledge about the universe with grace and eloquence.

Still, as impressive as all these instances are, it doesn’t compare to when he had not one but TWO bites of the infamous Da bomb sauce, sparking his iconic line of, “I took two bites, b****.”

Neil deGrasse Tyson handled Da Bomb, but could he handle our African Ghost Pepper sauce?!

Rachael Ray

Chef, TV host and author Rachael Ray really knocked it out of the park when it came to her spice tolerance.

Since she’s very particular when it comes to wings, she preferred not to have any and instead consumed the hot sauce straight from a spoon. I mean, I would’ve preferred to have the chicken wings to lessen the heat a bit, but well, I guess I’m not as tough as Rachael Ray.

As crazy as eating pure hot sauce is to me, Rachael was able to push through each sauce like it was nothing, all the way to the last dab. And she didn’t forget to tease host Sean Evans while she was doing it.
Now that’s what I call a true spice champion.

Rachel Ray, the Queen of Thanksgiving, could handle the spice but she would love our milder BBQ Sauce - the perfect Thanksgiving accompaniment. 

Charlize Theron

Charlize Theron’s high spice resistance was a totally unexpected surprise. While the academy award winner is known for having cool and ferocious movie roles, I never would’ve guessed that she was as badass in real life.

Yes, she struggled a bit with the extremely spicy wings, but she barely showed it. She didn’t run around the set or cry. She just took it like a champ, and she made us all laugh along the way. I mean, would you be able to make jokes when your tongue feels as if it’s on fire? I think not.

Even when on her final wing, she was absolutely hilarious – and maybe slightly delirious from the pain- and that earned her a place on this list.

Yes to our South African representation! Taste some classic South African sauce and probably Charlize's favorite South African type of sauce - peri peri! 

Guy Fieri

Another guest who was surprisingly as strong as steel in the face of hot food is none other than Guy Fieri. The host of Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives breezed through the spicy wings challenge and barely showed any reaction to the crazy spicy wings. That’s despite claiming in the beginning that he wasn’t an “extreme hot guy.”

Now, he may have mentioned some “eyeball sweat” forming when he popped the Mad Dog 357 wing into his mouth, but I saw no tears rolling down his cheeks, even on the last dab. This is one of the Hot Ones celebrities who can handle the heat!
And if his spicy stamina wasn’t enough to keep you interested in the episode, his lively Hollywood stories about cooking with Drake and having fun with Snoop Dogg will do the trick.

Guy Fieri could definitely handle our African Ghost Pepper Sauce

Padma Lakshmi

Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi proved to be a true champ when it comes to spicy food. I mean, the lady makes her own hot sauce, so can you really be surprised?
She was so good at handling the heat that her episode was titled “Padma Lakshmi Gracefully Destroys Spicy Wings.” So, what more proof do you need?

She kept smiling through the interview like the spice was nothing, and even when she took a sip of milk, she was totally laid-back, wildly contrasting to the other guests who gulped their milk out of sheer desperation.

Not only that, but she also took a shot of official Hot Ones sauce without showing any reaction. Sure, she admitted that the last few wings were pretty hot, but she finished them all without breaking a sweat.

Sean was so impressed by her performance that he applauded her and told her that she was much tougher than a lot of the rappers and football players who came on the show.

Impressive Padma! She could definitely handle our whole range of sauces

Daniel Radcliffe

Turns out, our favorite boy wizard has a pretty magical spice tolerance, which doesn’t really surprise me, to tell the truth. I mean, if you can win against Voldemort, some spicy chicken wings would be nothing in comparison.

Truly, Daniel aced the Hot Ones challenge to the point that it seemed Sean was the one who was having trouble with the heat.

As he was talking, he mentioned that he’s generally a fan of spicy food, but he doesn’t really know how much he can take as he never really applied the Scoville scale to what he ate before.

However, he turned out to be quite good at handling his spice, going as far as double dipping and adding Da Bomb hot sauce to the last dab on his last wing. This is one of the Hot Ones celebrities who can handle the heat!

Dave Grohl

You won’t find a Hot Ones episode as wholesome as Dave Grohl’s. The Foo Fighters singer came into the show wanting to perform as well as Lorde, and man, did he nail it.

He went through the hot wings like a hot knife through butter, even when he started to get to the spiciest wings the show has to offer.

And even more impressively, he made and drank his own cocktails between the wings, which in my opinion, doesn’t seem to be that smart of a combination, but he seemed to enjoy it well enough.

Finally, after he dominated the last dab, he revealed that he’s a Hot Ones superfan and that coming on this show was one of his bucket list items.

Jeremy Renner

Jeremy Renner was as strong as the hero he plays during his Hot Ones interview. The American actor admitted in the beginning that he loves spicy foods and he proved his love by passing the challenge with flying colors.

While he may have needed to gulp some water to try to soothe the fires going on in his mouth, he didn’t show any other signs of weakness.

As a matter of fact, even though he accidently put a little too much hot sauce on the wing, he still took a double bite, cementing his place as one of the Hot Ones celebrities in the Hot Ones hall of fame.


Koreans are known for their love of spicy food and overall amazing spice tolerance, and man, did CL live up to that reputation.

While the last couple of wings almost got her, she still kept her tears in and handled the heat with grace and dignity. She answered all the questions without missing a beat, though she hilariously blamed her staff near the end for signing her up on this show.

Sure, she drank a considerable amount of milk throughout the interview, and her face got a little red, but other than that, she was as cool as a cucumber, and she completed the last dab beautifully.

Celebs Who Couldn’t Keep Their Tears in Check

There are the celebs who would benefit from choosing our mildest variety pack as they can't handle the heat!

Elijah Wood

Unfortunately, Elijah Wood didn’t make the cut as one of our Hot Ones celebrities who could handle the spice, though it was a close thing. Though the Lord of the Rings actor handled the spicy wings fairly well in the beginning, at one point during the Da Bomb sauce, a few tears started to roll down his face.

I can’t really determine if that was because of the fire going on his mouth or because he rubbed his face with a napkin that probably had some hot sauce remnants on it, but either way, the tears came down. However, he did finish the challenge, and that’s why he’s in our honorable mentions.

Still, all in all, he took the spiciness surprisingly well, and I cracked up when he said that the wings tasted like the lava of Mount Doom.

Kevin Hart

Stand-up comedian and actor Kevin Hart is another guest that just barely missed the cut.

Again, he may have had his eyes well up, but he was still able to go all the way to the last dab. To be honest, there was nothing calm or graceful about how he did it, though it was absolutely hilarious.

After his last wing, he said he felt as if he was drunk and that something was just not right with him. Still, he was able to plug his gigs at the end of the show, and he praised the idea of the show and the person who came up with it.

Kevin Hart may not be able to handle the hottest sauce but he could handle our Jalanasco - Fermented Jalapeno Sauce!

Gordon Ramsay

Chef and television host Gordon Ramsay was another celeb who hilariously completed the Hot Ones challenge.

He came to the show prepared, bringing in things that he thought would soothe the heat like Petp Bismol and lemon juice, lime juice, and even donuts. Watching him as he tried all of these things to get through each round was hysterically funny, and you know he Gordon gets when he starts being bothered. Still, he ultimately shed a few tears, but I won’t let it taint the chef-from-hell image he worked so hard to build.

Shaquille O’Neal

For someone who literally played on a team with the word “heat’ in it, Shaq should’ve handled the heat much better than what he showed on the Hot Ones interview series.

Despite constantly drinking from a gallon of milk, the legendary basketball player started coughing and tearing up as he experienced the full glory of the liquid rage. But hey, I get it. It can happen to the best of us.

However, Shaq took it a step further and made a bet with Sean to avoid eating that round’s wing. Unfortunately, Sean lost, and Shaq won, but ultimately, he still lost by joining the Hot Ones wall of shame.

Here Are a Few Other Celebrities on the Hot Ones wall of Shame

Taraji P. Henson
Tyra Banks
Ricky Gervais
Lil Yachty
Jim Gaffigan
Bobby Lee
DJ Khaled

Who Were the Best Hot Ones Celebrities?
For me, it’s a toss-up between Paul Rudd, Tom Holland, and Gordon Ramsay. They were all funny in their own way, and I loved each of their episodes.

Who Owns Hot Ones?
Hot Ones was created by Christopher Schonberger and Sean Evans. Together with Sean’s younger brother, they come up with the best possible questions for their guests by researching their previous interviews and social media accounts.

Does the Host of Hot Ones Eat the Wings?
Yes. Sean Evans eats every single wing his guest eats, which is probably how he’s now become so good at handling even the spiciest of sauces.

In a Nutshell

Whether it’s a professional wrestler, actor, rapper, podcast host, or film producer, all usually eventually succumb to the heat. However, there are a few that are barely affected by the spice and rise above the others.

Paul Rudd, Rachel Ray, Charlize Theron, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and Lorde are just some of those few Hot One’s celebrities who proved to have an awe-inspiring resistance to spice.

So, make sure to watch their episodes on YouTube to see their awesomeness. And check out some of the failures as well, as they’re equally, if not more, entertaining.

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