“Hasn’t Rachael Ray already won several Daytime Emmys?” you might be thinking. Indeed, “30-Minute Meals,” the show that made her a star, won Best Service Show in 2006, and her self-titled talker won Best Entertainment Talk Show in 2008 and 2009, but those awards go to producers, and while many TV hosts also get producing credits on their shows, Ray does not, so she’s really 0-for-8 at the Emmys, with two more chances this year.
All of her nominations thus far have been for her hosting duties. Her first was a 2006 Service Show Host bid for “30-Minute Meals”; she lost to Suze Orman (“The Suze Orman Show”). She earned one more bid for the Food Network series three years later: Lifestyle/Culinary Host, which went to Ina Garten (“Barefoot Contessa”).
After several guest appearances on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” she signed a deal with Winfrey’s Harpo Studios to develop her eponymous daytime talk show, which debuted in 2006. Over its first seven years she garnered six nominations for Best Talk Show Host, losing to the following rivals:
2007: Ellen DeGeneres (“The Ellen DeGeneres Show“)
2009: Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Sherri Shepherd, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, and Barbara Walters (“The View“)
2010: Mehmet Oz (“The Dr. Oz Show“)
2011: Mehmet Oz (“Dr. Oz”); Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa (“Live with Regis and Kelly”)
2012: Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa (“Live”)
2013: Ricki Lake (“The Ricki Lake Show“)
Ray competes twice this year, bringing her career haul to 10 nominations. In the Culinary Host race, she contends for “Rachael Ray’s Week in a Day” against Emmy-winning Food Network personalities Bobby Flay (“Bobby Flay’s Barbecue Addiction“) and Giada De Laurentiis (“Giada at Home“), as well as first-time nominees April Bloomfield and Sean Brock (“The Mind of a Chef“).
She’s also up for Talk Show Host for a seventh time, where she faces past champs Mehmet Oz and the women of “The View,” as well as Katie Couric (“Katie“) and the hosts of “The Talk.” Couric has never won for her talk show, but she has racked up six Emmys over the years for hosting the “Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.”
Will Ray finally win this year? Predict Best Talk Show Host below: