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 January 23, 2024

Food Network host Valerie Bertinelli cut from 'Kids Baking Championship'

Valerie Bertinelli, the 63-year-old actress and longtime host of Food Network's Kids Baking Championship, has shared the surprising news of her exit from the show through an Instagram story post.

Having hosted the popular baking competition since 2015, Bertinelli faced challenges in finalizing a deal to continue her role.

The announcement

In talks to return as the host, discussions hit a snag, according to a source cited by People. While her return was actively considered, Bertinelli's team sought more favorable terms, leading to an impasse in negotiations.

The actress, known for her role in "One Day at a Time," expressed disappointment, particularly since the last season she filmed coincided with what she described as her "apex year of hell," marked by her divorce from Tom Vitale.

A separate source revealed that Bertinelli's existing deal had reached its conclusion, and Food Network opted not to renew it.

Despite Bertinelli's desire to continue, the network did not extend a new offer. Bertinelli, taking to Instagram on Saturday, attributed her departure to 'budget cuts,' stating that she won't be returning as the host alongside Duff Goldman.

Bertinelli's video

In an emotional reflection on her Instagram story, Bertinelli shared her feelings about the unexpected turn of events.

She admitted that the news hurt her deeply, acknowledging the logical aspect of it being a business decision tied to budget constraints.

She expressed her gratitude for the show, describing it as a "floatation device" during her challenging times. Bertinelli confessed that not being asked back was a significant disappointment, given the show's personal significance.

Her career

She credited the show and its crew for providing a sense of productivity and kindness during a tumultuous period. She particularly mentioned her sadness at not being able to convey her appreciation to the production team and the young bakers who have been part of the competition.

Despite the setback, Bertinelli encouraged the new batch of bakers joining the show, expressing her belief in their talents and urging them to always believe in themselves. She concluded by expressing her fondness for the experience and her sense of loss at not being part of it moving forward.

Valerie Bertinelli, a recipient of two Daytime Emmy Awards for hosting the show, also hosted Valerie's Home Cooking from 2015 to 2023.

Her unexpected departure adds a new chapter to the beloved Kids Baking Championship, leaving fans and the baking community surprised by this sudden turn of events.

Written By:
Dillon Burroughs

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