Why is Giada De Laurentiis Leaving the Food Network?

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After spending over two decades with the Food Network, celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis has announced her departure. De Laurentiis, known for hosting shows such as “Giada at Home” and “Giada Entertains,” has signed a new deal with Amazon Studios, as reported by Deadline. This new partnership will see her produce unscripted series for the streaming giant over the course of several years.

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“With her charismatic passion for food, and commitment to making extraordinary culinary experiences accessible to the home chef, Giada De Laurentiis has remained at the forefront of her industry for nearly two decades,” Lauren Anderson, head of AVOD Original content and programming at Amazon Studios, stated in a press statement. “We look forward to developing an exciting slate of projects with Giada, as she expands into new areas and we broaden our portfolio of cooking and lifestyle content.”

Giada De Laurentiis Moves to Amazon Studios

De Laurentiis went on to add, “I’m looking forward to this next chapter. I’ve been a fan of Amazon for a long time, and I’m excited for what we will accomplish together.”

The Food Network officially confirmed De Laurentiis’ departure with a statement to People, in which a spokesperson praised her as “culinary royalty” and expressed pride in the content created during her two decades with the network. Despite her departure, reruns of her shows will still air on Food Network and discovery+. De Laurentiis will be taking on a new role as she transitions to executive producing, as well as starring in, new content.

The chef also confirmed the news on Instagram, where she shared a screenshot of Deadline’s article, saying, “Big week! Super excited for what’s to come! @amazonstudios.” 

Several of her fellow celebrity chefs and friends congratulated her in the comments, including Alex Guarnaschelli, Dan Langan, and Katie Lee Biegel.

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