ABC cancels 'Chew' to pave way for third hour of 'GMA'

By Karen Butler  |  Updated May 23, 2018 at 6:39 PM
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May 23 (UPI) -- ABC canceled its food and lifestyle program The Chew Wednesday after seven seasons.

The show initially starred Mario Batali, Carla Hall, Clinton Kelly, Daphne Oz and Michael Symon but recently saw the departures of busy mom of three Oz and Batali, who has been accused of sexually inappropriate behavior in the restaurant industry.

The show's ending paves the way for the addition of a third hour of Good Morning America, starring Michael Strahan, Robin Roberts, Ginger Zee and George Stephanopoulos.

The Chew will continue to air new episodes until June, with reruns taking the time slot until September.

"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 believe there is great opportunity for viewers and advertisers in expanding to a third hour.

"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."

"I am so grateful for all the good times and incredible friends I have made over the past seven years on @thechew. It has truly been an amazing ride," Hall tweeted. "I am looking forward to new adventures! What's next? Stay tuned! Onward and upward! #adventurefollows."

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