Emeril Live got canceled? What? Emeril basically created the Food Network. Ok, maybe not, but Emeril has been an integral part of its success since the late 90s – and now, he gets canceled

According to an article in the Times this morning, the Food Network is moving in a different direction, trying to compete with all the other popular food shows out there – such as Bravo’s Top Chef and Fox’s Hell’s Kitchen. Even Rachel Ray’s 30 Minute Meals, the network’s most popular show, has been cut back to fewer episodes per year (but of course, with another new travel show – in case we were missing Rachel).

The network’s big name celebrity chefs don’t seem to mind – they’re off doing their own things, creating kitchenware brands and opening restaurants. So why does Mario Batali sound so bitter?

“I’m not averse to working with them…They don’t need me. They have decided they are mass market and they are going after the Wal-Mart crowd,” which he said was “a smart business decision. So they don’t need someone who uses polysyllabic words from other languages.”

Read the full article to see what other changes are happening at FoodTV.

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