“Rachael Ray” the series is a Daytime Emmy winner, but surprisingly Rachael Ray the host still isn’t. But this year her self-titled series switched categories, competing as an informative talk show now instead of an entertainment talk show. And Ray herself could reap the benefits since she’s now nominated for Best Informative Talk Show Host.
The Daytime Emmys split talk shows into entertainment and informative categories in 2008, at which point “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” was already a juggernaut, having won the combined Best Talk Show race for the previous four years in a row (2004-2007). So in the first year of the split it came as a big surprise when “Rachael Ray” won Best Entertainment Talk Show over “Ellen.” Then “Rachael Ray” did it again in 2009.
However, Rachael Ray is not credited as a producer of her show, which puts her in the unusual position of having an Emmy-winning show that bears her name but not actually having an Emmy to her name. And it seemed like she might never win one. “Rachael Ray” hadn’t been nominated in the top category since 2014, and Ray hadn’t been nominated for hosting since that same year.
But “Rachael Ray” jumped categories this year. It’s now competing as an informative series, and that did the trick. Now it’s nominated for Best Informative Talk Show, and Ray has earned a bid as an informative host. Can she finally win now?
It may be surprising that “Rachael Ray” has never contended as an informative show before now. While it was off in the entertainment categories, other food-related talk shows like “The Chew” and “The Kitchen” were already competing in the informative field. And “The Chew” even won both Best Informative Talk Show (2016) and Best Informative Talk Show Host (2015). “The Chew” was cancelled in 2018, and it’s not nominated at the Emmys this year, which could be the opening Ray and her show are looking for.
As of this writing “Rachael Ray” is the front-runner in the top category with leading odds of 69/20 based on the combined predictions of hundreds of Gold Derby users. However, Ray ranks second in the hosting category behind Mehmet Oz (“The Dr. Oz Show“). Since Ray still isn’t a producer of her show, that means her show could win again and she could still go home empty-handed. Food for thought.
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