October 6, 2005

Oprah bringing Food Network cook to daytime TV

By Kimberly Speight

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Food Network personality
Rachael Ray has signed a deal with Oprah Winfrey's production
company to host a daytime syndicated talk show targeted to
launch in fall 2006.

"People know me for my love of food, but I have so much
more I want to share," Ray said. "Our show's going to be all
about taking a bigger bite out of life. I want people to see
themselves in this show because life is full of messes and
successes, and getting there is half the fun."

Ray is the host of the Food Network series "30-Minute
Meals," "$40 a Day," "Inside Dish" and "Tasty Travels." She
also has written 10 cookbooks, with another due out next month,
and a monthly lifestyle magazine, Every Day With Rachael Ray,
debuts next month.

Ray will continue to appear on Food Network, but no
decision has yet been made as to whether the syndicated talk
show also will air on the Scripps-owned channel.

Following in the footsteps of Dr. Phil, Ray will become
only the second personality that Winfrey will develop on her
own talk show in anticipation of a new show's launch. Ray has
appeared on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" in the past, but her
appearances will now become more frequent.

Ray got her start in television doing a weekly segment for
the evening news on WRGB-TV in Albany, N.Y.

The new show, based in New York, will be produced by
Viacom-owned King World Prods. in association with Winfrey's
Harpo Prods. and Scripps Network.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter