Bobby Flay leaving Food Network after 27 years as ‘negotiations to renew contract fell apart'

BOBBY Flay is leaving the Food Network after 27 years.

The decision comes as “negotiations to renew his contract fell apart.”

Variety reported on Thursday that the 56-year-old chef and Food Network have been in negotiations over Bobby’s new contract for quite some time.

Bobby previously signed an exclusive three-year pact with the network, which expires at the end of 2021.

Despite working to find a way to renew Bobby’s contract, sources close to the situation told the outlet that Food Network has ended the negotiations.

However, the TV personality’s representatives at WME declined to comment on the situation by citing the policy that prevents them from commenting on active negotiations.

By refusing to comment on the situation, it’s likely that Bobby’s team is hoping to make a deal to renew his contract.

Unfortunately for the celebrity chef, sources close to Food Network told Variety it has already been decided to move forward as both sides weren’t able to agree on financial terms.

Fans will likely be shocked and saddened by the news, as Bobby has starred on the network since 1994.


He has fronted numerous series and specials for the network, including Beat Bobby Flay, Brunch at Bobby’s and Grillin’ and Chillin’.

The latter series helped established Bobby as a charismatic chef barbecue master among the show’s viewers.

Additionally, the chef has been regular contender on many of Food Network’s game shows including Chopped, Iron Chef America, Worst Cooks in America, The Best Thing I Ever Ate and The Next Food Network Star.

Bobby recently hosted the series The Flay List, which he starred on alongside his 25-year-old daughter Sophie.

Outside of his work on television, Bobby run numerous restaurants around the country and has authored over a dozen cookbooks.

Back in 2015, Bobby made history when he became the first TV chef to be given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.


Bobby previously opened up about his love life during an appearance on the Today show to promote his book Beat Bobby Flay.

"My girlfriend doesn't eat meat so I had to adjust," he said while cooking vegetable chili.

Although the Today show hosts pushed for more details, the chef said, "she's going to remain nameless for now."

It's unclear who his new lady is, but Carson Daly claimed he'd identified her during the segment.

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