Really Carla? I don’t think All My Children fans were hoping to party in the kitchen when Pine Valley was wiped off the map for this foodie/cookie show! In a brand new interview out with The Braiser,The Chew co-host and Top Chef finalist, Carla Hall tries to talk her way around a question posed which was, “With The Chew’s one year anniversary fast approaching, did you expect it to do as well as it did, and be embraced in the way that it has been, especially after the flack it got for bastardizing the soap opera time slot with a talk show?”
Hall replied to the question stating: “Oh my gosh, we did [get criticized]. It was crazy and Brian Frons took a lot of heat for that, and I was sad to see [All My Children] go, but what I saw in it was that the soap fans were so passionate, and there’s a beginning, and middle and an end for everything, and even for us there’s a beginning. And when something ends, something else begins, and sometimes we don’t like that change. But soap fans [and] new fans have really come to enjoy the show, and I think it’s because it’s a party in the kitchen and it reminds people of what it’s like to entertain, you know? And you have your friends and you’re talking about whatever and you’re learning, you’re cooking together, and I think the surprising thing — I was hoping that the show would be successful, but I think the surprising thing for me — was how well we all get along. We really like each other. It’s a motley crew that works. “
So what do you think of Carla’s Hall’s comments? It is true that The Chew survived while The Revolution didn’t, and its execution seemed to be better conceived than OLTL’s dismal replacement, and is having staying power for now. However, are soapers really tuning into the cooking show for lack of anything else to watch, or is Hall delusional? Weigh-in!