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Valerie Bertinelli Shares More About Her Food Network Ouster: “I Was Basically Ghosted”

Valerie Bertinelli has shared more about her ouster from Food Network‘s Kids Baking Championship.

After she announced via Instagram that she would not return to the competition series, Bertinelli also shared additional thoughts on X when she saw an article about her departure. She hosted with Duff Goldman since 2015.

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“There were never any talks, so no talks could be stalled,” she said in response to a headline that indicated she wanted to continue on the cable net but talks stalled. “I got an inkling I might not be asked back when I saw I was not in the holiday specials. I got a text by a third party on Friday that told me I would not be back. LOL I was basically ghosted.”

She went on to write that “I have zero ill will toward anyone at FN, I enjoyed every single moment I worked for them, and they are all lovely, kind, hard-working people. And I understand business is business. But I won’t tolerate lies. I am a lot of things, but I am not greedy, nor am I a liar.”

Deadline has reached out to Food Network for comment.

On Jan. 20, Bertinelli shared a video on IG saying how it “really hurt my feelings,” that she was dropped from the show.

“I know it’s not supposed to. Logically, I know it’s business [and] budget cuts, right? But it really hurt my feelings to know that I’m not going to be asked back to be on Kids Baking Championship really sucks.”

Kids Baking Championship is a competitive reality program that involves kids competing to make the best dish. The are judged on presentation, taste and creativity.

Bertinelli acknowledged her co-host and the crew from Kids Baking Championship and gave some words of encouragement to all the bakers taking on the challenge.

“Oh my God, these people work so hard to give you an amazing show,” she said. “And all of those kid bakers that I got to watch grow up: I feel so lucky. And to all the bakers [who] are coming in for the new season, even though I won’t be there, I’ll be with you in spirit. I just want you to remember this: You are there for a reason [and] you’re some of the best bakers in America right now and if you don’t make it to the next round, please always remember [that] it’s not because you’re not a good baker, you just had a bad day.”

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