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After a 27 year run on Food Network, Bobby Flay is leaving the network. From hosting his first show Grillin’ & Chillin‘, to the iconic Beat Bobby Flay, the celebrity chef has hosted several shows on the food channel and made guest appearances on shows like Chopped, Iron Chef America, and Worst Cooks In America.
According to Variety, Flay is leaving the network over money. Food Network and Flay “were far apart on financial terms” during three years of contract negotiations. After an impasse, the network reportedly ended talks.
And while his time at Food Network is over, the nearly three decades he spent there allowed him to make his mark. In addition to his shows and guest appearances, he was the first chef to get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2015. He is the author of multiple cookbooks
The 56-year-old celebrity chef had been working on putting together a new contract with the network, according to a Variety report published on Thursday, October 7. Flay’s current three-year contract is set to expire at the end of the year, but negotiations to re-up won’t continue, per the outlet.
The Gato owner got his start on the Food Network in 1994, quickly becoming a household name. He’s been the face of several popular series, including Beat Bobby Flay, Grillin’ and Chillin’ and Brunch at Bobby’s, with a total of 16 shows and specials under his belt. The New Yorker has also served as a judge on The Next Food Network Star and The Next Iron Chef.