Mario Batali by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage.com
According to a report in the
New York Post
, Food Network has informed the colorful Mario Batali that his numerous shows would not be getting renewed. In response to the rebuff, Batali allegedly refused to compete any longer on
, "and then [the network] essentially said ciao," shares an insider.
The move, says industry buzz, is indicative of Food Network's progression away from "real" chefs and more toward celebrity/TV-created spatula-wielders.
Food Network Is Still Hot for Mario Batali