Valerie Bertinelli slams Food Network as ‘sad’ after her show was canceled: ‘Not about cooking and learning’

Valerie Bertinelli expressed disappointment in the direction she believes the Food Network has taken since she first started watching the Cooking Channel.

The 63-year-old actress, who previously hosted Food Network shows “Valerie’s Home Cooking” and “Kids Baking Championship,” shared her thoughts in a thread.

“I fell in love with the Food Network 20 years ago because of the amazing ITK. [in the kitchen] Show,” Bertinelli wrote on the Instagram text app, before joining Rachael Ray’s show “30-Minute Meals,” “Barefoot Contessa” host Ina Garten, “Giada at Home” star, You mentioned Giada de Laurentiis.

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Valerie Bertinelli shared her disappointment with Food Network in a social media post. (John Lamparski/Getty Images, NYCWFF)

She continued, “I learned so much. It’s sad that it’s not about cooking and learning anymore. Well, it’s just business, guys.”

Bertinelli hosted the Food Network cooking show “Valerie’s Home Kitchen” for 14 seasons from 2015 until its cancellation in 2023. She is also a former host and judge on the channel’s reality cooking competition series “Kids Baking Championship,” which she served for 12 seasons.

Bertinelli announced in January that she was leaving her role on “Kids Baking Competition.”

In a video shared on her Instagram page, Bertinelli explained that she had received the confirmation the night before, but had “avoided” confronting it because “it really hurt my feelings.”

she continued. “And I know that’s not the right thing to do, and I know that logically it’s business. It’s a budget cut, right? But I have to be asked to be on ‘Kids Baking Championship’ again.” It really hurt my feelings when I found out.” It really sucks. ”

Valerie Bertinelli conducting a cooking corner

The 63-year-old actress previously hosted the Food Network shows “Valerie’s Home Cooking” and “Kids Baking Championship.” (Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photobank via Getty Images)

Bertinelli co-hosted the show with Food Network star Duff Goldman since 2015.

In the clip, Bertinelli reveals that the episode that aired at the time was filmed in the summer of 2022, adding, “It was the year that was the height of hell for me. I was going through it and pretending everything was fine. Because that’s what you do, like you used to do.”

“And I don’t want to sound like a drama queen, but this show saved my life. I worked with really great people and felt productive, and I didn’t want to just sink into hell and feel productive.” I learned that instead of trying to keep my head above water, I could spread kindness. It helped me, it was like a flotation device.”

She added, “So it really hurts that I won’t be able to go back and see everyone and say, ‘Hey, I made it through, hello!'”

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Valerie Bertinelli announced in January that she was leaving her role on Kids’ Baking Competition. (Photo Credit: Zach Pagano/NBC/NBCU Photobank via Getty Images)

May 2022, Bertinelli filed for divorce From my husband Tom Vitale after 11 years of marriage.

When the divorce was finalized in November, the actress said in an Instagram video, “Happily divorced. Dear God, finally. It’s finally over.”

In a post about the “Kids Baking Competition,” the “One Day at a Time” star thanked co-host Goldman and the rest of the staff for spending time with her behind the scenes on the show. expressed his gratitude.

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Valerie Bertinelli stands behind the cooktop counter during a Food Network event.

Actress Valerie Bertinelli presents on stage at a Food Network event in 2018. (Dave Kotinski/Getty Images, NYCWFF)

she too left words of encouragement For past and present contestants.

“And to all the bakers coming in for the new season, even if I’m not there, I’m with you guys in spirit, and I just want you to remember this: You guys are there for a reason. “They are some of the best bakeries in America right now. And even if you don’t make it to the next round, always remember this. It’s not because you’re not a good baker, you just had a bad day,” she said. she said.


Elizabeth Stanton of Fox News Digital contributed to this report.