The Real Reason Emeril Lagasse’s Food Network Show Was Canceled

Bam! It’s impossible to describe just how influential Emeril Lagasse was in shaping today’s culinary landscape. But in 2007, Food Network cancelled the show that got so many people into the kitchen — and helped launch the network. So, why did Emeril Live really get the ax?

When the cancellation of Emeril Live was announced, Food Network publicist Carrie Welch released a vague statement on the network’s decision, saying:

“The only reason [the show would be cancelled is] that it hit a ton of television milestones and, you know, all good things come to an end.”

Former Food Network president Brooke Johnson gave a similarly vague statement to The New York Times, saying that while they still valued Lagasse as an integral part of their team:

“All good things come to an end, and it was time to do something new.”

Of course, that wasn’t the whole story…