What Happened on The Chew Premiere

And what viewers and critics are saying


Much-hyped food talk show The Chew premiered yesterday, and viewers don't seem very happy

Here’s what happened:

• Michael Symon cooked some pork and beans. The very first dish! He asked a viewer why it was delicious, and the viewer responded, “...it’s just so delicious.”

• Dr. Oz showed up and told embarrassing stories about his daughter Daphne Oz. Here's a sample. On blueberries: “See how blue they are? That was the color Daphne was when she was born. She had the cord stuck around her neck." To which Clinton Kelly replied, “She was like Angry Smurf!”

• Carla baked fried apple pancake rings. Everyone loved it, and Carla was super peppy. Sample: "Yum, yum, and more yumminess."

• Mario Batali skipped the first 50 minutes or so, puttering around on a golf course for charity. He awkwardly made some pizza via satellite.

And here, the media chews up the show:

“It's safe to say everything will be adored and applauded here, even when Batali's pizza clearly has a burned crust.” — NY Daily News

“It's like one of those joke-y late-night-talk-show cooking segments, except it isn't funny and it lasts an entire hour.” — Grub Street

“‘The Chew’ has your standard dump-and-stir cooking demos, tips on entertaining and a mundane rehashing of food-related 'news.'... Attempts to make food accessible to the masses often came off as patronizing.” — Chicago Sun-Times

“I’m overwhelmed by the pace of content and the multiple personalities trying to have a voice and conduct segments. And it’s a shame that some of the brightest personalities fall to the background as a result.” — PopWatch/EW

Will you tune in for the second show? It airs at 1 p.m. ET, noon CT/PT on ABC.

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I LIKE THE SHOW, IT HAS QUICK AND EASY RECIPIES. AND I ENJOY ALL OF THE STAFF, THEY ALL BING SOMETHING DIFFERENT. i AM SO TIRED OF SOME OF THE COOKS THAT THINK THERE HAS TO BE 15 INGERENTS IN EVER DISH. i DON'T HAVE THE TIME, I WILL TAKE QUICK AND EASY. i REALLY ENJOY THE SHOW VERY MUCH. DARLENE..... FROM CAMARILLO, CA.

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WTF The "Chew"??? could there be any more unappetizing name??? I'm not watching on principle (who cares) until the powers that be acknowledge that this is the most disgusting name ever...Having said that, I also don't think mario needs the money, so having said that, arrogance doesn't leave anyone holding their breath waiting for your next "revelation"
Go retire and enjoy your success...A H.

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