I know everyone has a right to earn a living, but I just can’t stomach watching The Chew any longer. Ever since it debuted on ABC (and Citytv in Canada), replacing long-running soap opera All My Children, it has been the butt of countless jokes and been panned by critics. Because of my love for food and that I find Mario Batali somewhat entertaining, I tried watching it again but turned off after only a few minutes. Bottom line: it’s an awful show.
The name alone — possibly the worst name for a show in the history of television — is enough to put me off, but couple that with the fact that The Chew is nothing more than a rip-off of The View (which is painful enough to have to sit through should you be trapped in a dentist’s waiting room) and you’ve got a show that is a complete waste of time. Besides, if you’re looking for a View rip-off, look no further than The Talk — the second worst show on daytime TV right now.
Problem is money. It costs ABC far less to produce The Chew than it did for soap operas, so if they (mercifully) axe the “talk show/cooking show”, what will they replace it with?