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Padma Lakshmi leaves ‘High Chef’ after 19 seasons: ‘Time to maneuver on’

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Goodbye, Chef!

Padma Lakshmi introduced Friday that she might be leaving “High Chef” after 19 seasons and 17 years on the cooking competitors present.

“After a lot soul looking out, I’ve made the tough resolution to depart ‘High Chef,’” she penned in a press release shared by way of social media, days earlier than the Season 20 finale.

“Having accomplished an excellent twentieth season as host and government producer, I’m extraordinarily proud to have been a part of constructing such a profitable present and of the affect it has had within the worlds of tv and meals,” she continued.

After nearly twenty years on the fact sequence, the India-born TV character, 52, described “most of the forged and crew” members to be “like household” to her, including that she “will miss working alongside them dearly.”

Padma Lakshmi
Padma Lakshmi is leaving “High Chef” after 19 seasons and 17 years.
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Padma Lakshmi
The creator and activist made the announcement Friday by way of social media.
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Lakshmi defined that she feels “it’s time to maneuver on” and “make area for” her Hulu present, “Style the Nation” — which follows her on her travels round cities in the US to study particular meals and cultures — in addition to her quite a few books “and different inventive pursuits.”

“I’m deeply grateful to all of you for therefore a few years of affection and assist,” she concluded, signing off, “Sincerely, Padma.”

Lakshmi has starred on “High Chef” since Season 2, which premiered in October 2006. Her alternative has not but been named.

Padma Lakshmi
Lakshmi has served as host and government producer since Season 2, which premiered in October 2006.
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After she shared the information, NBCUniversal launched a press release about her departure, calling her “a consummate host, choose and government producer” who “leaves behind an unimaginable legacy.”

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The media firm went on to supply the creator and activist “a seat on the judges’ desk anytime.”

Padma Lakshmi and Buddha Lo
Season 19 winner Buddha Lo was one in every of many who wished her nicely.
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Fellow Bravo stars — together with “High Chef” Season 19 winner Buddha Lo and “Housewives” honcho Andy Cohen — gave Lakshmi her flowers by way of sentimental feedback left beneath her Instagram publish.

“I really feel honored to be part of your magical journey,” Lo gushed, as Cohen added, “Finish of an period and an unimaginable run. You had been such a tremendous companion and a BRILLIANT host. I’ve such nice reminiscences of our TC days ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️.”

The “High Chef” Season 20 finale airs Thursday evening on Bravo. 

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