In December of last year, TV chef Mario Batali was fired from “The Chew,” leaving his three co-stars (Carla Hall, Clinton Kelly and Michael Symon) to run the show on their own. Now, Carla Hall is speaking up about what his departure was like and how their team has managed to move forward, and she says they take it a day at a time.
“With three people, you really can’t say, ‘Okay, those four will take care of it,'” she told People about the show. “You have to be engaged and I think we’ve become closer, because even when you have a cooking segment and it’s the three of us, everybody is joining in. It has been so much fun because we’ve had to raise the energy.”
She said that the show has no current plans to add another host. “We are going to keep it at three and what we have found is that it leaves room for when we have guests,” she said. “You know, things happen in life and so we just make lemonade. We just get in there and we’re in it together.”
She revealed that she does still keep in touch with Batali, a long-time friend, saying he’s doing well all things considered. “He’s doing all the good work that he was doing before, and being reflective,” she said. “He’s such a good guy and all the other work that he’s done. He says he’s working on stuff, you know, as we all are. No one is perfect. We have challenges.”