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Canned Emeril


"He tried to present himself as all business, but he was hurting and stayed that way for a very long time. Asked four years later why he thought the show had been canceled, he said, 'I still don't know why.' He still believed the network had gone nuts at some point."

— Allen Salkin, in his new book From Scratch: Inside the Food Network, describing Emeril Lagasse's reaction to the network canceling his show Emeril Live after 10 years. According to Salkin, executives thought Lagasse's audience was aging and preferred to go with a new evening schedule of cooking competitions hosted by personalities like Guy Fieri and Rachael Ray.

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