Gordon Elliott bites off more than ‘The Chew’

A few minutes into the TCA panel discussion for the upcoming syndicated strip “The Chew,” the show’s producer, Gordon Elliott, was interrupted by a journalist in the audience. He had opened the session by posing a question to one of the show’s hosts, Daphne Oz, about what qualified her to host the show.

“We’re the ones who ask the questions,” the critic sniffed. Chastened, Elliott smiled politely and let the questions start coming.

Perhaps Gordon made the faux pas because being in front of an audience and bright lights made him lapse into the job he’s better known for: host of 1990s syndication fixture “The Gordon Elliott Show.” He’s gone on to enjoy a successful career behind the camera as head of Follow Prods., the company behind Paula Deen’s shows on Food Network. 

But assuming the role of interviewer in a room full of interviewers wasn’t even his biggest mistake. At 6″7″, Elliott loomed large both literally and figuratively over the “Chew” personalities at the center of the show.

Only three members of the “Chew” roundtable came to TCA to woo the crowd, and all of them were thoroughly upstaged by Elliott: Oz, a chef whose qualifications include being the daughter of another syndie star, Dr. Oz., and having been fat as a teenager; Clinton Kelly, who is better known as a fashion expert as host of TLC’s “What Not to Wear,” and Carla Hall, a former “Top Chef” contestant who was easily the most dynamic of the trio. (Not present at TCA but also in the cast are Mario Batali and Michael Symon).

If ever there was an ABC show that needed to prove its potency, it’s “Chew,” which has the misfortune of being the first of two lifestyle shows ABC Daytime is rolling out in the coming months to replace soap operas “All My Children” and  “One Life to Live.” That puts “Chew” square in the crosshairs of the millions in those soaps’ cult followings. The best way to convert some angry fans might have been to get some positive buzz going.

Instead, the “Chew” crew saw all the oxygen in the room get sucked up by Elliott, who gives new meaning to being a big personality (one of his legs seemed larger than Oz’s entire body). When your producer is a more compelling presence than your on-air talent, putting them together on the same stage only makes them look worse by comparison.


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  1. Gordon Elliott, When are you going to get a gas stove, and an exhaust fan for the kitchen? Look at Emeril Lagasse for inspiration.

  2. Surprise! The Chew succeeded and is doing very well, The Revolution was cancelled. Never blame the new show for the cancelation of the older show.

  3. Jean Marsh says:

    Gordon Elliott wouldn’t know a good chew if it bit him in the behind! I will not watch the Chew or the Revolution or ABC for that matter ever in my life!

  4. El Rizzo says:

    i say abc looks to put All My Children back on air before years end!!!!
    i will never watch anything on abc ever again once my soaps are gone!!!

  5. Ima Soapfan says:

    I’m appalled at the ABC’s cancellations of All My Children and One Life to Live for this hackneyed tripe. I’ll follow All My Children and One Life to Live where ever they end up. They’ll be continuing online, and hopefully on cable. Soap fans, please participate in the campaign for a new cable soap network that will air our soaps once SoapNET is gone. For details: http://sudz.tv/
    I won’t be watching the replacement shows. Since the news of All My Children and One Life to Live’s cancellations, I dropped watching ABC all together, aside from the three soap operas. I thought it would be difficult, but it actually wasn’t hard at all.
    Soaps are something special. I look for good storytelling in my TV shows, and the replacement shows won’t provide that. I like cooking, but I’ve never learned anything from a food show. They’re frankly mindless. If you miss an episode of a food show, there’s no loss or feeling of “what did I miss?” If I want a recipe, then I look them up online, or in a recipe books–I don’t look for recipes on TV. I look to TV for entertainment, and soaps provide entertainment. It’s a shame that ABC doesn’t realize that they’re losing a loyal audience that they will never gain back.

  6. This show does not stand a chance.

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