From mediabistro.com: "Contract negotiations between Emeril and parent corporation Scripps have broken down. Lagasse is leaving the Food Network as a result and the last day of production for Emeril Live will be on December 11." [Update: Emeril not leaving Food Network]
Food Network reps have emailed to clarify the situation:
There were inaccuracies in the post about Emeril Lagasse in today's Fish Bowl blog. Emeril is not leaving the network, Essence of Emeril will continue production and we will pursue specials and other opportunities in the future.
Emeril Live has been an incredible journey and a great collaboration between Emeril Lagasse and Food Network for over ten years. Emeril has been the cornerstone of Food Network's success and helped pave the way for chefs on TV. The show has hit numerous television milestones. Lagasse was the first chef to have food consumed in space when he created recipes for the astronauts at International Space Station, he redesigned and invigorated the cafeteria at Children's Storefront in Harlem, cooked for the troops on military bases, firemen at firehouses, and more.
Food Network and Emeril look forward to continuing our long partnership and Emeril remains an integral part of the Food Network family.
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