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Updated: "Emeril Live" Done Filming - Emeril Still with Food Network
Monday, November 26, 2007 | posted by Mike


Media Bistro (via Grub Street) is reporting that talks have fallen through with Emeril Lagasse and that the last Emeril Live will be filmed on December 11. And so, the man who was once front-and-center on all things Food Network will scale things back considerably...funny, since I just last week mentioned my belief that Alton was now the "face of the network." Emeril will "continue to be a part of the Food Network family," according to a quote from FN's Carrie Welch.

Those of you who have been following closely will know that the quote more likely means Emeril will enter the "Land of Batali," which exists somewhere between having a show in production and actually "leaving" the Network.

Heck, even if you really do "leave" (Jamie Oliver), there's always a chance to come back at a later date.

Besides, there are so many episodes already in the can that your grandkids will be watching Emeril Live reruns.

Updated: Got an e-mail from the Carrie Welch at Food Network that clarified things with regard to Emeril. Specifically, she wanted to point out that Media Bistro's characterization (which we passed along in the post above) of Emeril as "leaving" the Network is incorrect. Ms. Welch also pointed out that production episodes of Essence of Emeril will continue, as will various upcoming specials.
'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.
Media Bistro has updated their post to reflect the actual facts of the matter, although their headline hasn't changed.

Update to the Update: Media Bistro has a new post up with a full clarification.

OK...party's over, folks. Move along...



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