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Gordon Ramsay says he thought television would 'ruin' his career

Jan. 5 (UPI) -- Gordon Ramsay told Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show he initially thought appearing on television would ruin his career as a chef.

"I felt that someone was trying to sort of ruin my career by taking me out of that level of perfection," Ramsay said on Monday about switching from being a traditional chef to one on television.

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Ramsay, who have been on television for over 20 years, talked about starting out on series Kitchen Nightmares two years after he opened his own restaurant with a limited production crew.

"Everything I was learning in the industry after opening my first business I was putting into these restaurants. And, of course, you know, I was desperate for them to succeed and that was the first thing that sort of hit me -- the devastation if it didn't work, I felt that I was the one that they were going to blame so I gave it my all," he said.

Ramsay will be starring in Season 19 of Hell's Kitchen, which premiers Thursday at 8 p.m. EST on Fox. The new season takes place in Las Vegas.

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"I think it's one of the best seasons. I'm not just saying that because it's Season 19," Ramsay said about the new episodes.

"It's quite a heartfelt season. It's a tough season," he continued.

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