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Bobby Flay Nears Food Network Exit After 27-Year Run (Report)

The famous chef and restaurateur has been a staple of the network’s programming since its inception

Bobby Flay may no longer be on the Food Network, ending a 27-year partnership, according to a report.

Flay, who has been a programming mainstay on the Discovery-owned cable network since its inception in 1994, will leave the network at the end of this year, reports Variety, citing sources close to the situation. Flay’s contract is set to expire at the end of this year.

However, an individual with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap that Flay and the network could still a reach a new deal. Representatives for Flay declined to comment, while Discovery and Food Network representatives did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.

Flay is one of the most recognizable figures in the food industry, and was the first chef to get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He operates numerous restaurants around the country.

Over his run with the network, Flay has hosted series including “Beat Bobby Flay,” “Brunch at Bobby’s” and “Grillin’ and Chillin.'” He has also been a regular competitor on the network’s competition series like “Chopped,” “The Next Food Network Star,” “Iron Chef America,” “Worst Cooks in America” and “The Best Thing I Ever Ate.”

Most recently, Flay hosted “The Flay List” with his daughter, Sophie.