Emeril Lagasse, arguably the most popular of the nation's television chefs, is losing his principal platform, The Associated Press is reporting. Lagasse's "Emeril Live," a fixture of the Food Network for 10 years, is ending production in two weeks, a network representative has confirmed to AP. "All good things must come to an end," publicist Carrie Welch told AP without elaborating on the impetus for the change.
The Food Network will continue to produce a second Lagasse show, "The Essence of Emeril," and he is to be involved in specials and other possible programs. Also, reruns of "Emeril Live" are to continue.