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Biggest Headline of 2008: Rachael Ray's Year of Ups and Downs

Biggest Headline of 2008: Rachael Ray's Year of Ups and Downs

Whether you love her or hate her, Rachael Ray, the Food Network's biggest star, is here to stay. Although 2008 was filled with many ups and downs, it was a huge year for Ray. Things got off to a rocky start in January, when a secondhand story claimed that Ray, a Dunkin' Donuts spokeswoman, refused to drink Dunkin's coffee, instead opting for Starbucks. A week later, Ray denied the claim as "absolutely ridiculous." In February, Ray happily hosted the wildly popular Burger Bash at the South Beach Wine and Food Festival, but March brought worries that her daytime television talk show would not be renewed. However, these rumors were quickly squashed when reports showed that her viewership was growing. The weirdest bombshell came in May when Michelle Malkin, a conservative commentator, accused Ray of supporting terrorists in a Dunkin' Donuts ad. The donut chain pulled the ad and released a statement clarifying that Rachael was simply wearing a stylish scarf and not a traditional headdress sometimes associated with terrorists.

Ray rose above the controversy to win a daytime Emmy for Outstanding Talk Show. In July she rolled out a line of pet food called Nutrish, and in early August Forbes named her the world's richest chef. The week before bringing the Burger Bash to New York City's first-ever Wine and Food festival, Ray revealed her plans to open a hamburger restaurant. Since then, Ray has laid low. She recently had throat surgery to get rid of her raspy voice and is currently taking some time off to recover.

What did you think about Ray's turbulent year? Will she continue to make headlines in 2009?

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divinelight divinelight 8 years
I used to have the same problems with my vocal chords. Thankfully I never had to have surgery. I'm not a big fan of RR. Her recipes are good though.
busybeegal busybeegal 8 years
Actually, according to her blog she'll just need vocal therapy and not surgery. (Unless I'm reading it wrong) Just click on the link included in the story.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I secretly like her...
simplyfab87 simplyfab87 8 years
Love RR. Her recipes are good and easy.
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
I have a love hate relationship with RR. I can't stand to watch her shows, but I do love some of her recipes... so I buy her cookbooks and surf Food Network for her recipes. And like everyone else... RR will be here for a long while.
fuzzles fuzzles 8 years
lexi, Watching that show more than twice per week will have a person attempting to pop their eyeballs (and ear drums) out with a spork! ;)
lexichloe lexichloe 8 years
RR is here to stay. I like her, in small doses. Her show is entertaining if you watch it once or twice a week. Watching over twice a week will having you saying "I KNOW..."
gingirl gingirl 8 years
I love Rachael Ray! I basically learned how to cook from watching her shows and following the easier recipes. I'm trying to branch out into more difficult things, but her recipes can just be so great to throw together at the end of a long day. And I really like her magazine and talk show. She's so cute!
LilGlamDiva LilGlamDiva 8 years
You know, I used to like her, but she is completely hyped out of control now and frankly I don't get the fame!
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I like Rachael Ray! I hope her throat heals soon...she had a polyp on her voicebox that was giving her the raspy voice, so she's having it removed. Luckily it's just a benign growth and nothing more serious. I'm also glad her talk show's being renewed because I'm sort of addicted to it, lol!
fuzzles fuzzles 8 years
I'm with shoneyjoe on this one!
AmberHoney AmberHoney 8 years
Love RR - she's having a cyst removed, not her voice changed. Her hair is shorter cause she had a Michael Jackson moment at her birthday bash at Food Network. Her hair caught on fire from the candles. Plus I love the fact she's so happy with her life and it makes everyone else so miserable. YUM-O, EVOO, SAMMIES - long live RR!
shoneyjoe shoneyjoe 8 years
Tell her to take as much time off as she needs. More, if she has any doubts.
Kazagirl Kazagirl 8 years
It still cracks me up that anyone would believe that Rachael Ray was a Terrorist :ROFTL: I still find the chick annoying as hell though with her yummooo and her EVOO.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i liked her when she was new to the food network and now i just can't stand her. she makes my ears hurt - and it's not just her voice (which i now understand will be different) it's the way that she talks. it's just annoying! it's great that she's seen this kind of success - but well - i'm over her!
hibiscus96818 hibiscus96818 8 years
She used to annoy the crap out of me, but then I discovered she actually does have some great ideas and now I love her!
twinkles twinkles 8 years
I love 30 Minute Meals--she's so fun. Also, the surgery was not to change her voice, it was to deal with a cyst on her vocal cord. Although now the surgery has been postponed due to successful therapy. Here's the story:,,20246811,00.html Also, I really prefer her hair longer. I think the shorter length makes her body proportions look weird...
syako syako 8 years
I'm glad to see others like her! I can't watch too much of her on TV, but I could read her magazines for hours. My best every-night recipes are from her magazine.
mannylove mannylove 8 years
I don't mind her, and I have to say I really like a lot of her recipes, they've turned into a lot of my standard go to dinners.
yvettecq yvettecq 8 years
okay has anyone noticed that on the past several issues of her magazines that her eyebrows look horrible? sometimes she even looks like groucho marx. she's okay, i could take her or leave her.
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 8 years
I really love her. She's fun to watch and really passionate about what she does. I didn't know about the throat surgery for her voice, either. Hopefully she's well soon!
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
I used to really dislike her, but now I sort of enjoy her. I didn't realize you could get surgery to change your voice though.
Food Food 8 years
As much as some people think RR is annoying, I don't think she'll be going anywhere anytime soon.
amloveaffair amloveaffair 8 years
I can't stand her. She's always been super annoying;
crystahl crystahl 8 years
I like ray, I have enjoyed watching her since the early days on the food network. I wish her the best!
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