“Rachael Ray” will end its daytime syndication run this April after 17 seasons. The series’ recent dramatic ratings decrease prompted the decision to terminate the Monday-Friday chat show. Ray continues to be active on Food Network and other platforms. The decision by Ray to start a new production business, Free Food Studios, was another indication that she was getting ready to leave the demands of a daily talk show
“In my more than 20 plus years in television I have had 17 wonderful seasons working in daytime television,” Ray said. “However I’ve made the decision that’s it’s time for me to move on to the next exciting chapter in my broadcast career. My passions have evolved from the talk show format production and syndication model to a platform unencumbered by the traditional rules of distribution.
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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. Thank you to all of our Rachael daytime show partners, crew and affiliates, and the wonderful years we all worked together.”
Ray was one of many enduring television personalities who entered the industry following frequent appearances on“The Oprah Winfrey Show.” In the fall of 2006, Ray transitioned to her own CBS-distributed syndicated talk show. For more than 15 years, the programme was a major force in daytime. “Rachael Ray” in 2008, 2009, and 2019 won the Daytime Emmy for best talk show.
“When Rachael debuted her show 17 years ago, she was a gamechanger in the daytime space. 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,” said Steve LoCascio, president of CBS Media Ventures. “We’re proud to have produced such a successful show with Rachael and her team for so many years. We’ll miss Rachael on the air every day, but we’ll always be family.”
By early May, the series’ production should be finished. Up until the end of the summer, episodes will be broadcast on television. Ray will be honored with a Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame induction in May.