The television network announced that the popular food-talk show will not be returning for the eight season.
The hosts of the show opened up about their feelings regarding the cancelation of the show during one of the episodes. The clip from the episode was posted on Twitter by the show's official account.
Hosts Carla Hall, Clinton Kelly, and Michael Symon reacted to ABC's cancellation of the show and the fact that the seventh season was going to be its last.
“It’s an interesting day here at The Chew because most of you might have heard, some of you might not have, but The Chew has not been picked up for the eighth season – our seventh season is our last,” one of the hosts, Clinton Kelly said.
Michael Symon, another host, admitted that being on the show was one of the best times of his life and he thanked his fans for making it possible.
ABC confirmed in a statement that the ongoing seventh season of The Chew is going to be its last one, according to The Wrap.
The source reported that the television network wants to free up more space for a new third hour broadcast of its widely popular talk show, Good Morning America. Following the cancelation, the talk show will expand into the afternoon time slot as well.
“While this is the right decision for our business, it is also bittersweet,” the source quoted the president of the Disney ABC Television Group, Ben Sherwood, as stating.
He added, “For seven years The Chew has delighted audiences by delivering innovative food segments in an entertaining atmosphere. We applaud and thank Gordon Elliott ... and the entire cast and crew for their great work and amazing run.”
Despite all the popularity, the show still suffered one incident of bad publicity in December last year when the co-host of the show, Mario Batali, was accused of sexual assault, harassment, and misconduct by multiple women
Although the chef exited The Chew that same month, several other accusations of sexual misappropriation continued to emerge. New York Times even wrote a piece exposing former employees revelations regarding Batali's harassments.
It was even claimed that a security footage revealed Batali groping and kissing an unconscious woman in the VIP room during a 2008 party.
Back in May, CBS reported about yet another victim coming forward claiming that Batali drugged her and sexually assaulted her in January 2004 at his New York City restaurant Babbo.
The source also informed that Batali denied those claims against him with his own statement. He reportedly stated, "I vehemently deny any allegations of sexual assault. May past behavior has been deeply inappropriate and I am sincerely remorseful for my actions."
Following the woman's allegations, the group that manages Batali's restaurants, B&B Hospitality Group, also issued their statement and called the accusations "chilling and deeply disturbing."