The Rachael Ray Show
The cancellation of All My Children and One Life to Live doesn’t appear to have phased Rachael Ray much. Zap2it caught up with the syndicated talk show host and asked her about the new shows replacing the legendary serials. Her response,
"I think it's exciting," Ray tells Zap2it on Friday (April 15) at the site of her annual cooking show that benefits the Alumni Association of her alma mater, Lake George (N.Y.) Jr.-Sr. High School. "My good friend Mario Batali and Michael Symon are going to be part of 'The Chew,' and I'm thrilled to see them join the roster."
Lisa Rinna photo by PR Photos.
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