ABC has canceled the food talk show “The Chew” after seven seasons.
The two-time Emmy Award-winning show premiered in 2011 with hosts Mario Batali, Carla Hall, Clinton Kelly, Daphne Oz and Michael Symon. The show whittled down to four when Oz left last year. Batali also left the show when he was fired in December in the midst of sexual assault allegations.
“While this is the right decision for our business, it is also bittersweet. For seven years ‘The Chew’ has delighted audiences by delivering innovative food segments in an entertaining atmosphere,” Ben Sherwood, the president of ABC Television, announced in a press release.
The show will be replaced with a third hour of “Good Morning America.”
Hall, Kelly and Michael Symon reacted to the news on social media.
“Thank you for all your kind messages. Yes, The Chew was canceled. Huge bummer, but that’s the TV biz,” Kelly wrote on the show’s Facebook page. “Michael, Carla and I will truly miss making you laugh and inspiring you to try new things every day. We’re gonna finish out the rest of this season with as much enthusiasm as we can muster! I’m sure we’ll talk about it on tomorrow’s show. Again, thank you from the bottom of my [heart.]”
He added: “I’m tearing up while reading all these comments. I am honored to have been a part of your life and to have given you even just one smile over the course of the last seven years. Please don’t be angry. It makes me sadder.”
Hall posted a photo of the cast on Instagram with the caption “I am so grateful for all the good times and incredible friends I have made over the past seven years on [The Chew],” she wrote. “It has truly been an amazing ride. I am looking forward to new adventures! What’s next? Stay tuned! Onward and upward! #adventurefollows.”
Symon also thanked fans on Facebook writing “As you may have heard by now we found out today this is our final season of The Chew … I Just want to say thank you to everyone who not only was involved with show but to all those who watched daily and allowed us to entertain you…it has been an amazing run and we are all looking forward to new fun things!…xoxo…MS.”