One thousand episodes later, exuberant television personality-cum-food aficionado Rachael Ray has hosted an eclectic guest list of luminaries at her on-set kitchen table — from presidents to pop stars to movie legends — where they’ve bonded over everything from Brussels sprouts to kitchen cookware to their favorite flavors of ice cream. And while every single person that has stopped by has contributed in a special way to the show’s long-term success, there have been a few standout moments that Ray swears she will never forget.
In 2007, Ray launched her Yum-o! charity on air with Bill Clinton, an event she calls one of her “proudest” moments.
MICHAEL J. FOX
The first time Michael J. Fox appeared on the show, he asked her to slow dance and crooned the Billy Vera and the Beaters hit “At This Moment,” the same song that Fox and his actress-wife Tracy Pollan had danced to on “Family Ties.” “It blew me away,” she says.
The first time Tom Jones appeared on the show. “Ever since I was a little girl I had a huge crush on him,” gushes Ray. “I used to put on a dress to watch his show on TV.”
Having Ringo Starr as a guest on the show. “It blew my mind,” says Ray. “I mean, come on, he’s a Beatle!”
DICK VAN DYKE & MARY TYLER MOORE
In May 2011, “Rachael Ray” recreated the Dick Van Dyke set as a televised tribute to the legendary show, which featured a surprise appearance by Mary Tyler Moore.
The show kicked off this season with a surprise … to Ray. She had no idea which guests were going to appear or what else was going to happen. Some of her favorite folks stopped by, including Jerry O’Connell, Denis Leary and Regis Philbin.
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