“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. It’s been a blast but it’s time to call it a day,” Ramsay wrote in a post on his personal website.
The cooking reality show premiered in the U.K. in 2004 and the U.S. rendition bowed on Fox in 2007, featuring Ramsay’s visits to struggling restaurants. The chef would spend one week using his expertise trying to help the owners rehabilitate the business.
The format allowed Ramsay to show off his restauranteur bona fides as well as his attempts at family and couples counseling. Last year, the show hit its peak of pop culture buzz with an episode revolving around an Scottsdale, Ariz. eatery, Amy’s Baking Company, run by an over-the-top couple who produced plenty of Internet-friendly viral vid moments.
But honestly, who can blame him for dropping Kitchen Nightmare’s? He has like four other shows on American television alone and has people willingly signing up to have him scream at them for being sh*tty cooks. He doesn’t need to go traveling around to local restaurants, turning them from dumps into foodie paradises.
I know if I had a chance to bark at willing participants like a drill sergeant in the heat, I’d drop everything else and rush into work. You couldn’t stop me and I’d do it for half the pay that Gordon Ramsay does it for. I can cook well enough.
Do you get what I’m saying, Fox? Call me up, let’s have lunch. I’ll curse out a waiter and throw my food in her face. Here’s an example (NSFW):