"The Chew" is a goner and will be replaced by a show everyone is quite familiar with.
In telling his staff, executive producer and The Chew show creator Elliott saluted ABC's move into a brand-new genre seven years ago. New episodes will continue to air in June, and the show will remain on the air until September.
While Oz's departure didn't have much impact on the show, once Batali left, "The Chew" seemed to be treading water creatively.
Symon - who operates several restaurants in Cleveland, Columbus, Detroit, Atlantic City, Pittsburgh and Washington - has been with the cooking show since it debuted seven seasons ago.
While some people never really cared for or watched The Chew, they are annoyed that Good Morning America is taking up yet another hour.
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"Over the past six years "Good Morning America" has solidified its place as America's No. 1 morning show", Ben Sherwood, co-chairman of Disney Media Networks and president of Disney|ABC Television, said in a statement. 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 awesome run.
A source tells Us that staffers were "completely blindsided" by the cancellation: "The staff is very close and many of them have summer trips planned over what they thought would be a temporary hiatus".
"Before The Chew, no one had attempted a talk/foodhybrid".
Symon hosted "The Chew" with Carla Hall and Clinton Kelly.
The new hour of "GMA" will air at 1 p.m. We believe there is great opportunity for viewers and advertisers in expanding to a third hour.
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".
ABC made the announcement that GMA will be adding a third hour of programming, which will air at 1 p.m. EDT, noon CDT/PDT.