Legendary actress and television personality Valerie Bertinelli is facing a tough situation after announcing on social media that she has been let go from her hosting gig on the popular Food Network show “Kids Baking Championship.”
In a heartfelt video shared on her Instagram, the 63-year-old opened up about receiving confirmation the previous night that she would not be returning to the baking competition, a role she has held alongside Food Network star Duff Goldman since 2015. Bertinelli admitted that she had been “avoiding” facing the news as it had “really hurt my feelings.”
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She then went on to explain that she understands the decision is ultimately a business one, likely due to budget cuts, but that it still stings to know that she won’t be back for future seasons of the show. “It really sucks,” she said, holding back tears.
Bertinelli further revealed that the timing of the news was particularly difficult as the current season of “Kids Baking Championship” was filmed during the summer of 2022, which she described as her “apex year of hell.” During this time, she was going through a divorce from her husband of 11 years, Tom Vitale, and the show provided her with a much-needed sense of purpose and distraction during a tough time.
She credited the show and her co-workers for “saving her life” and acting as a “flotation device” during a tumultuous period. Now, not being able to return to the show and see her friends and colleagues has been a devastating blow for the actress.
Bertinelli expressed her gratitude towards her co-host Goldman and the entire crew of “Kids Baking Championship” for their support and friendship throughout her time with the show. She also took a moment to address all the contestants, past and present and offered words of encouragement and support. She reminded them that they are all incredibly talented and to never doubt themselves, even if they don’t make it to the next round.
The actress concluded her emotional video by wishing luck to the new batch of contestants joining the show and reassuring them that she would be cheering them on from the sidelines, even though she won’t be physically present anymore. She signed off with a heartfelt message urging them to always believe in themselves and to keep baking, adding, “I’ll miss you guys.”
Fans were quick to show their support and express their disappointment at the news of Bertinelli’s departure from “Kids Baking Championship.” Many expressed their love for the actress and how much they appreciated her presence on the show, while others shared stories of how her warmth and positivity had inspired them.
I have zero ill will toward anyone at FN, I enjoyed every single moment I worked for them, and they are all lovely, kind, hard-working people. And I understand business is business. But I won’t tolerate lies. I am a lot of things, but I am not greedy, nor am I a liar. https://t.co/evR4imC1Bd
— valerie bertinelli (@Wolfiesmom) January 21, 2024
The news also sparked speculation about the reason behind her departure, with some wondering if her divorce played a role and others speculating about potential budget cuts at the network. However, neither the Food Network nor any representative for Bertinelli has offered any official explanation for her exit at this point.
Bertinelli’s fans and followers continue to show their love and support for the actress, who has been a beloved figure in the entertainment industry for decades. Her recent revelation has led to an outpouring of love and appreciation for her work, and fans are hopeful that she will continue to grace their screens with her charm and talent in a new venture soon.