Bam! Faster than you can chuck a pile of chile powder at a bubbling gumbo, the Food Network has announced that the last episode of Emeril Live will be broadcast on December 11. CNN reports that the best a Food Network spokesperson could muster in terms of an explanation was the following inanity:

The only reason would be that it hit a ton of television milestones and, you know, all good things come to an end.

This certainly looks better than, say:

The Food Network is no longer a network featuring talented chefs cooking real food, and, you know, Emeril Live still fits that definition. Roughly.

All of this conjures up Tony Bourdain’s dourly prophetic blogging over at back in February:

[A]s much as I hate the show—compared to the current crop of culinary non-entities, [Emeril] looks like Escoffier. He will probably be the last of the Real Chefs. I’m sure they’re growing future replacement options in petrie dishes somewhere, conducting Top Secret focus groups at suburban malls with their latest Bright Young Hopeful.

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