That same year, Kobayashi showed up to the event as an audience member. However, when he reportedly tried to make his way to the stage after Chestnut won (again) wearing a “Free Kobi” shirt, he was arrested.  

“He got excited when people chanted his name after the contest …. so he jumped up on the stage because he wanted his fans to see him and (he thought) maybe they would chant, ‘Let him eat,'” his manager (and wife) told CNN at the time.  

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