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…