After 17 years on air, the Rachael Ray show will end after its current season, CBS announced on Friday.
The news: Rachael Ray’s daytime show is ending after 17 seasons. However, the TV star says she won’t be stopping here.
- “My passions have evolved from the talk show format production and syndication model to a platform unencumbered by the traditional rules of distribution,” Ray said in a statement from CBS. “I am truly excited to be able to introduce and develop new and upcoming epicurean talent on all platforms. That is why I am looking forward to putting all my energies into my recently announced production arm, Free Food Studios.”
Looking back: Rachael Ray’s daytime show saw immediate success from the time it first aired in 2006, according to CBS.
- Steve LoCascio, the president of CBS Media Ventures, said that Ray’s show was a “gamechanger” for daytime television.
- “She made cooking accessible to the masses, taught viewers simple solutions on how to improve their lives and coaxed great stories out of celebrity guests with her relatable down-to-earth demeanor,” LoCascio said.
- Since then, the show has been nominated for 37 Daytime Emmys, taking the award in the Outstanding Talk Show category three times.
- In May, Ray will be inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of fame, CBS reported.
The bigger picture: In the last year several popular daytime television shows have announced their cancellation, Deadline reported.