Guy Fieri Answers Matthew McConaughey’s Call to Share ‘Viral Values’ Taught by Fathers

by Suzanne Halliburton
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Guy Fieri answered the call of Matthew McConaughey to share your viral values taught to kids by their fathers.

It’s all to honor Father’s Day, which is coming up, June 20. McConaughey posted on Instagram that he learned from his father not to “half ass it.”

So what did superstar chef Guy Fieri learn from his dad? Well, this life lesson is found in lyrics to The Gambler, the Kenny Rogers hit from 1978. Fieri was a very impressionable 11 and ready to soak in his dad’s knowledge when the song came out. Because everyone, young and old, needs to know why you never count your money at the table.

Matthew McConaughey shared a video clip of Fieri on Twitter.

Fieri said: “When I was a kid my dad used to quote Kenny Rogers, and he said ‘You gotta know when to hold ’em, and you gotta know when to fold ’em,’ basically saying ‘Don’t back up a stupid position kid.

“If you did something wrong and you made a mistake, apologize, handle it, and move on. Also give a good firm handshake and look people in the eye when you’re talking to them.”

Matthew McConaughey and Fieri Have Been Friends for Years

Matthew McConaughey and Guy Fieri, the host of Diners, Drive Ins and Dives, are close friends. McConaughey gave a speech on Fieri’s behalf when Fieri was inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Fieri was only the third chef to receive the honor. In his speech, McConaughey told Fieri: “In a business where you can be anyone you want to be, you’ve been you the whole time.”

Now, let’s circle back to Matthew McConaughey and his first #viralvalues post. The actor kicked it off with this Instagram post:

“Don’t half a– it. Well that never goes out of still does it? I mean think about it. If you’re going to do something if you’ve chosen to do something, whatever it is easy– hard,” McConaughey said.

For the actor, intent matters. “If you give it your all and don’t half a– it – win, lose, draw, get what you want, don’t get what you want, whatever the outcome is. If you don’t half a– it, at least you’re not going to have to wonder if the outcome would have been different. What if I did give it my all? And boy wondering that is what keeps us up at night.”

Kane Brown, Mario Lopez Also Answered #ViralValues Call

Country superstar Kane Brown, who just co-hosted the CMT Awards show, also answered Matthew McConaughey. Brown grew up in rural Georgia near the border with Tennessee. He answered the #ViralValues post, saying:

“What’s up Matthew, I just wanted to say something that I’d like to pass on to my daughter,” Brown said. It’s “just to love everyone and treat everybody equally. And just be a good dad to her.”

Emmanuel Acho, a former Texas Longhorn football player and host for ABC and Fox Sports, also answered the call of Matthew McConaughey. The two know each other from Austin. On Friday, McConaughey posted videos from Mario Lopez and Michelle Monaghan.

Matthew McConaughey and his wife, Camilla Alves, moved from Los Angeles to Austin to raise their family. They have three children — Levi, Vida and Livingston.