Celebrity chef and TV personality Rachael Ray has hosted her final episode of “Rachael Ray” after 17 years. The show ended with an emotional farewell, with messages from Oprah Winfrey, Michelle Obama, and Gayle King, among others. Ray plans to launch her own production studio called Free Food Studios, which will focus on her own “in the kitchen” content and introduce new talent. She will also release cooking videos “unencumbered by the traditional rules of distribution.” Ray is a native of Glens Falls, NY, and has hosted several TV shows, written cookbooks, and published the magazine “Every Day with Rachael Ray.”
Upstate NY native Rachael Ray has bid farewell to her daytime show after 17 years on air. The celebrity chef and former Food Network star appeared on her final episode of “Rachael Ray” on Wednesday, where she received heartfelt messages from famous personalities like Oprah Winfrey, Donnie Wahlberg, Michelle Obama, Cameron Diaz, Whoopi Goldberg, and Gayle King. Ray, who hails from Glens Falls, N.Y., also thanked her husband John Cusimano, the show’s crew, and her fans.
In an emotional farewell, Ray expressed her gratitude to her viewers, saying, “Nobody gets me like you guys get me. You all make me better.” She also announced her plans to launch her own production studio called Free Food Studios, which will focus on her own “in the kitchen” content and serve as a platform for the introduction and development of new and upcoming epicurean talent.
Ray has been hosting the Emmy-winning “Rachael” show since 2006 and has also written cookbooks, published the magazine “Every Day with Rachael Ray,” and hosted television shows like “30 Minute Meals,” “Rachael Ray’s Tasty Travels,” and “Rachael Ray’s Kids Cook-Off.” Despite her success, Ray still lives part-time in the Adirondacks.
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