Rachael Ray Weighs in on Katie Couric, Ricki Lake and The Chew

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Is Rachael Ray worried about competition from Katie Couric and Ricki Lake’s new talk shows next fall or ABC’s The Chew this season? When asked about the topics by Zap2it, Ray responded:

"I'm a huge Katie fan, and I think she's going to kill it. And I love Ricki. There's going to be a lot of great television to watch. I think those are probably both afternoon-type shows, and the afternoon hasn't settled in yet. There isn't another 'Oprah,' and there never will be, but there isn't a lot of smart talk going on in the afternoon."


Find out what Ray had to say about The Chew after the jump.


"Mario [Batali] and Mike [Symon] are dear friends, and Clinton [Kelly] is on our show all the time. It's so weird being over there, because it's like being at my own show. Some of the staff worked for us a few years ago, and some came from 'Good Morning America,' so I pretty much know everybody there.

Read more of Ray’s thoughts on the state of daytime talk shows–including Regis Phiblin’s departure– at Zap2it.

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