ABC has canceled the daytime talk show “The Chew” after seven seasons and 1,454 episodes, the network announced on Wednesday.
The move comes as the Disney-owned network plans to expand “Good Morning America” to a third hour in the afternoons. “The Chew” will cease production at the end of this season, but will continue to air as planned until September with all-new episodes starting in June.
“While this is the right decision for our business, it is also bittersweet,” Disney|ABC Television Group president Ben Sherwood said in a statement. “For seven years ‘The Chew’ has delighted audiences by delivering innovative food segments in an entertaining atmosphere. We applaud and thank Gordon Elliott, Aimee Householder, Michael Symon, Carla Hall, Clinton Kelly and the entire cast and crew for their great work and amazing run. And we wish them the very best.”
“Before ‘The Chew,’ no one had attempted a talk/food hybrid,” said “The Chew” creator Gordon Elliott. “Our hosts Clinton, Carla and Michael and the staff created television history executing the show as well as they did for all these years. I know I speak for all of the people who work on the show when I say it was the best television we have ever had the privilege to produce.”
Hosted by celebrity chefs Michael Symon and Carla Hall and “entertaining expert” Clinton Kelly, “The Chew” is a hybrid talk/cooking show produced by Elliott’s Chew Productions. The show has received six Daytime Emmy nominations, including a 2016 win for Outstanding Talk Show, Informative.
Mario Batali served as one of the show’s co-hosts since its inception in 2011, until numerous women came forward with sexual misconduct allegations against the chef in December and he was asked to step aside.
ABC will replace the program with an afternoon hour of “Good Morning America,” which the network says will consist of “news, pop culture, compelling interviews and the program’s signature, epic live events.” Further details about the new show, including the title and anchors, have not been announced.