Michael Symon’s ‘The Chew’ canceled by ABC

May 23, 2018 GMT

Michael Symon’s ‘The Chew’ canceled by ABC

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Michael Symon’s daytime program “The Chew” has been canceled by ABC.

The cooking/talk show hybrid will end production after seven seasons in favor of a third hour of “Good Morning America,” the network announced Wednesday.

“Over the past six years ‘Good Morning America’ has solidified its place as America’s No. 1 morning show. We believe there is great opportunity for viewers and advertisers in expanding to a third hour,” ABC President Ben Sherwood said in a statement. “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.”

The show, hosted by Cleveland native and Lola chef Symon along with Carla Hall and Clinton Kelly, will continue to air as planned until September when “GMA” takes over the 1 p.m. time slot following “The View.”

“Before ‘The Chew,’ no one had attempted a talk/food hybrid,” Executive Producer Gordon Elliott said in a statement. “Our hosts Clinton, Carla and Michael and the staff created television history executing the show as well as they did for all these years.” 

“The Chew” bows out after nearly 1,500 episodes and multiple Emmys, including one for Symon, Hall, Kelly and original co-hosts Daphne Oz and Mario Batali. Oz and Batali left the program last year, the latter fired following allegations of sexual harassment.

ABC now hopes to capitalize on the success of the “Good Morning America.” The show is consistently neck and neck with “Today” at the top of the morning ratings. But unlike NBC’s four-hour block of “Today,” GMA is only two hours long.

That’ll change in the fall when the third-hour premieres-- possibly without regular hosts Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos and Michael Strahan. ABC says an announcement on the show’s title and cast will come later.

“General Hospital,” which follows “The Chew” at 2 p.m., appears to be safe.