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July 04, 2018

Fans launch petition to save beloved ABC show

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Even after a month of the official ABC announcement regarding the cancelation of the popular food show, The Chew, fans are hoping for its revival.

Fans have now taken to launching a Change.org petition, led by fan Pamela Nielsen, to save the show. So far the petition has collected more than 2,800 signatures, which is more than halfway to the intended goal of 5,000.

In her petition, Nielsen claimed the show's cancelation to be a 'huge slap in the face to loyal Chew viewers.' She further questioned the television network about the reasons behind the decision.

'Are we all of a sudden not your demographic? Are the ratings not good enough? If not, compared to what?' she wrote.

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Earlier, ABC confirmed that the show was being pulled out to make way for the new third hour of Good Morning America. But Nielsen argued that the concept of airing the morning talk show even during the afternoons had already been unsuccessfully tried before.

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Nielsen also expressed her confusion as to the cancelation of the show by citing a Disney/ABC statement, which was released as a celebration of The Chew's 2018 debut week.

The press release from the TV network highlighted the season-high ratings of the show. The show averaged 2.728 million viewers for the week of January 1, 2018, with 502,000 women viewers in 24 years to 54 years demographic.

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The network canceled the show following the departure of one of the hosts, Mario Batali. He was accused of sexual harassment, assault, and misconduct by several women. Many of them worked for Batali at his The Spotted Pig restaurant.

Following his departure, hosts, Carla Hall, Clinton Kelly and Michael Symon, ran the hybrid-styled talk/cooking show.

Fans received the first news of the show's cancellation back in May this year, following which the co-hosts thanked fans for their love and support.

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