Gordon Ramsay announces end to 'Kitchen Nightmares'

By Daniel S Levine,

Chef Gordon Ramsay has decided to call it quits on Kitchen Nightmares. The show, which ran for 10 years, launched Ramsay’s television career, making him one of the most widely recognized chefs on both sides of the Atlantic.

Ramsay made the announcement himself on his website. He said that the four episodes for Channel 4’s Costa Del Nightmares will be the last new ones for the program. “I've had a phenomenal 10 years making 123 episodes, 12 seasons, shot across 2 continents, watched by tens of millions of people and sold to over 150 countries,” Ramsay wrote. “It’s been a blast but it's time to call it a day.”

Later, he thanked his fans and supporters. “I'm glad I've been able to entertain and hopefully help a few people along the way. It's sad to say goodbye to Kitchen Nightmares but I'll be continuing with my other shows. It's been memorable!” he wrote. “Thank you for watching.”

The show features Ramsay taking a bad restaurant and turning it around, if the owners are willing to take his advice. Over the years, the show has had several controversies, with the infamous Amy’s Baking Company in Arizona being the most recent. But the show has had successes, which Ramsay noted in today’s announcement.

Although the show centered on restaurants in the U.S. and U.K., it was a global success, selling in over 150 countries. It debuted on the U.K.’s Channel 4 in 2004 and on Fox in the U.S. in 2007. The show has been a mainstay in Fox’s summer lineup ever since and the network hasn’t commented on Ramsay’s decision yet, notes The Hollywood Reporter.

However, it’s not like we won’t be seeing Ramsay’s face. He still has MasterChef, MasterChef Junior, Hell’s Kitchen and Hotel Hell.

image courtesy of Dara Kushner/INFphoto.com

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