Bobby Flay is leaving the Food Network after spending 3 decades with the Discovery-owned channel. His contract will expire at the end of the year, and Flay will part ways with the network.
Variety reported that talks were ongoing between the network and Flay but it fell apart due disagreements on financial terms. In May, the Food Network closed a huge deal with another staple on the channel, Guy Fieri. This contract is set for three years and is worth $80 million.
This will leave a huge hole in the Food Network family, because Bobby Flay has been such an important member of the team for so long. He could also take some fans with him.
Bobby Flay has yet to comment on his departure from the network. He joined the Food Network in 1994 and became a household name quickly. He has starred in 16 shows and specials in total like Beat Bobby Flay, Grillin’ and Chillin’ and Brunch at Bobby’s.
Flay has also served as a judge on shows like The Next Food Network Star and The Next Iron Chef. He stepped down from his role on Iron Chef America in 2017 in a shocking move. He revealed that filming the show was taking a toll on him.
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