ABC Cancels 'The Chew,' Expands 'GMA' to Third Hour
To make room for an expansion of 'GMA,' the network is axing the daytime cooking show.
ABC is expanding Good Morning America to a third hour, the network announced Wednesday. The third hour of GMA will air at 12 p.m. PT/1 p.m. ET and is likely to bow in the fall.
To make room for an expansion, the network is canceling daytime cooking show The Chew.
“Over the past six years, Good Morning America has solidified its place as America’s No. 1 morning show,” Ben Sherwood, co-chairman of Disney Media Networks and president of Disney-ABC Television, said in a statement announcing the move. “We believe there is great opportunity for viewers and advertisers in expanding to a third hour.”
(NBC's Today show bested GMA among total viewers during the week of May 14, which coincided with the royal wedding; it's the first time Today bested GMA among total viewers since NBC's coverage of the Winter Olympics in February.)
The Chew has chugged along for seven seasons and 1,454 episodes. It has also endured the ire of bitter soap opera fans; All My Children and One Life to Live were axed in favor of The Chew and since-canceled talker The Revolution. And the program was hit by negative headlines late last year when executives parted ways with Mario Batali in the wake of harassment allegations the famed chef.
ABC executives did not reveal when the third hour of GMA will bow, but Chew will continue in production through the end of the season and air as planned until September.
Executives also did not reveal which ABC News talent will helm the new hour.