Syndicated daytime talk show “Rachael Ray” will end after 17 years. Ray shared in a press release: “In my more than 20 plus years in television I have had 17 wonderful seasons working in daytime television with ‘Rachael.’ 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.”

Ray recently launched Free Food Studios, a new production company with the mission to distribute Ray’s “in the kitchen content.”  Ray partnered with longtime collaborator Brian Flanagan, and his partners at Intentional Content, Anthony Amoia and Sean Lee. The platform will also develop new upcoming new talent.

Steve LoCascio, president of CBS Media Ventures, added: “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. 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.”

“Rachael Ray” debuted in national syndication Sept. 18, 2006  In its 17 seasons, it earned 37 Daytime Emmy nominations, and won 3 Emmys for ‘Outstanding Talk Show.’

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