After seven seasons, ABC has decided to pull the plug on “The Chew.” The talk show will be replaced with an expanded edition of “Good Morning America,” the network announced today.
“The Chew,” which will have aired 1,454 episodes by the time it ceases production in June will continue airing as planned through September with all-new episodes airing throughout the month of June. “Good Morning America” will take over with its third hour soon after (airing 1 p.m. EDT, noon CDT/PDT).
“Over the past six years ‘Good Morning America’ has solidified its place as America’s No. 1 morning show,” said Ben Sherwood, co-chairman, Disney Media Networks, and president, Disney|ABC Television. “We believe there is great opportunity for viewers and advertisers in expanding to a third hour.”
He continued, “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. 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 amazing run. And we wish them the very best.”
In telling his staff, executive producer and “The Chew” show creator Elliott saluted ABC’s bold move into a brand-new genre seven years ago. “Before ‘The Chew,’ no one had attempted a talk/food hybrid. Our hosts Clinton, Carla and Michael and the staff created television history executing the show as well as they did for all these years. I know I speak for all of the people who work on the show when I say it was the best television we have ever had the privilege to produce.”
The third hour of “Good Morning America” will feature even more news, pop culture, compelling interviews and the program’s signature, epic live events.
“’Good Morning America’ keeps finding new ways to inform and delight our audience. We recently expanded ‘GMA’ through our social channels and a newly launched website. Now we will build a whole new hour of compelling content that is true to ‘GMA’’s spirit,” said James Goldston, president of ABC News.