Daytime TV bids farewell to another titan.
Rachel Ray— hosted by the eponymous chef and former Food Network star—ending after its current 17th season, E! Confirmed in the news.
“In my more than 20 years in television, I have had 17 wonderful seasons working in daytime television. Rachel“Ray said in a statement. “However I have decided that it is time for me to move on to the next exciting chapter of my career in broadcasting.”
The daytime talk show aired in September 2006 after Ray rose to prominence as a cooking show host. 30 Minute Meal on the Food Network.
“My passions evolved from creating the talk show format and syndication model to a platform unencumbered by traditional distribution rules,” Ray continued. “I am truly excited to be able to introduce and promote new and upcoming epicurean talent on all platforms.”
Early in the day, The deadline reported that Ray is launching his own production studio called Free Food Studios, which will focus on content “in the kitchen” created by the 54-year-old, according to the outlet, “and will serve as a platform for introduction and development of new and upcoming epicurean talent.”