March 31, 2009

Love Her? Or Not??


I am about one inch away from being sick of Rachel Ray and I can't explain why.  I am fully aware that she has legions of fans so I am prepared for whatever criticism you throw my way...I just have to voice my opinion on the subject.

I was once a huge fan myself.  I faithfully tuned in for 30 Minute Meals (which I can still accept) but then there was $40 a Day, and another traveling food show of hers.  Then she came out with her own cookware and now she has her daytime "talk show."  When will it end??

I used to understand her appeal but now I find her awkward and somewhat crazy.  Does she smoke?  Not that it matters but her voice has REALLY changed over the years.  I will give her the benefit of the doubt and assume that she just gets hoarse while taping her multiple shows. 

AND, did anyone see the pictures she did for FHM (I think it was FHM)?  I give her props...IF she ever really looked like that.  The RR I remember was not someone I would picture in a men's magazine.  I will stop now...I just cannot figure out what is so cool about her!

Fill me in! What is your opinion on the whole thing??  Are you a fan??  Did you USED to be a fan??

31 comments:

Chic Runner said...

for some reason, I cannot stand her... :/

Angela said...

I used to be a fan, but I'm with you...it's just too much now. And her recipes really aren't even that good!

PreppyGirl said...

I can't stand Rachael Ray. Her voice sounds like nails on a chalkboard to me, yeah she can't help that but she bugs me to no end. She's kinda like Emeril (who I don't like either) with their trademark phrases. Who the hell says E.V.O.O. in real life? Not me!!

kelley4 said...

I am totally in agreement with you. I did enjoy watching 30 Minute Meals when I caught one. When I attempt to watch her talk show I get annoyed. I think she comes off as immature at times. Or like you said maybe just crazy. I did not see the pictures but I agree with you there too!

d.a.r. said...

I used to love her, but her laugh drives me up a wall!! And seriously talk about over-saturation. She is EVERYWHERE!!!

jlc said...

Sorry!!

Got yourself a Giada fan here. :)

Melissa said...

I've never been a fan!

Belle (from Life of a...) said...

Never have been a fan of RR.

Mojito Maven said...

as someone who is literally the biggest food network fan EVER...I CANNOT stand Rachael Ray...ugh...gag me

Niki said...

I think she's ok. Don't watch too much of any of her shows though!!

Pearls and Bows said...

I used to love her when she was like the all American girl next door. She was just like the person we all grew up with. Now she is just too famous and has too much exposure. I am totally with you on this!

Jane said...

not the biggest fan. but i do have her pairing knife and love it...

The Ratpack said...

In college, I used to watch 30 minute meals religiously. She was so good on that show. But now she is super annoying and hyper - i get a headache from watching her on anything from the past couple years. And I agree with Angela, her recipes aren't that great.

Paula said...

I've never been a fan. I don't know why, but she has just always gotten under my skin. Plus my bf thinks she's hot. So now I really HAVE to hate her! LOL

Nessa said...

Used to be fan..FHM ruined it for me.

Sarah, The New Girl said...

I used to be a fan, too!! I think it was the talk show... plus, seeing "Rachel Ray EVOO" bottles in the store with her picture plastered on the front is just so unnecessary. Doesn't she have her own magazine, too? I mean... she's no Oprah!!

brown eyed girl said...

I like her 30 Minute Meals show and that's about it. I don't watch anything else and don't read her magazine. I think the woman is a shrewd businesswoman and if I had the opportunity to take advantage of my popularity and make some serious money for my future, I'd do it. I can't say I blame her but I understand COMPLETELY why people are annoyed with her!

prettyface said...

I really did used to be a BIG, HUGE fan. Loved her. And I cannot even stand to hear words like "yummy" "tummy" (weird. Don't ask!) And when she used to say Yum-O, I even dealt with it!

But like you said, now I cannot put my finger on it...but I don't like her as much. She's more annoying to me. Ah well. I do still tune in to her millions of shows once in awhile.

Anonymous said...

i used to love her but she has gotten so self rightious she drives me INSANE! i cant stand to see OR listen to her!

Anonymous said...

I think you are a GOD DAMN BITCH. YOu write these blogs and you expects people to read them? You are uninteresting and your opinions are WORTHLESS TO ME. WHo the hell do you think you are that you would be worth are time???? go to HELLLLLLL. N one care what you think about Rachel Ray. SHe is hotter than you by a million times!

Jennifer said...

I have never been a fan of her's. From the beginning her laugh drove me crazy and I just couldn't watch. As for her morning show, how does a cook get a talk show? Aren't they supposed to cook instead of interview celebrities?

Dear anonymous above...if you don't like the opinions why do you waste your own time? Just asking because I'm curious...

Lisa said...

Wow, anonymous has some rage. I'm sorry, I think you're pretty fab, Ashley!

As for Rachael Ray, I'm not going to lie: I really enjoy the recipes in her magazine, so I am a subscriber!

BUT I do agree - her voice IS like nails on a chalkboard. I can't watch any of her shows.

Cali Girl said...

i dont hate her but i dont like her... i LOVE giada!!!!

With Love from New Orleans said...

Oh MY.. pleeeeeeeease tell me that anonymous comment was an early april fools..
Ashley WE LOVE YOU and that is no joke!

Erica said...

Man, am I the only one?? I love Rachael Ray and I am a HUGE fan of her quick and easy recipes...I have yet to find a bad one. The new Big Orange Book is my FAVE....perfect for a workin girl who loves to cook for her man!

Not a big fan of Giada....she's to "California-girl-who-really-wants-to-be-a-movie-star" for me:)

Leslie said...

I love RR!! I don't have time to watch a lot of her shows, but I like her. :)

Always Pretty in Pink said...

If people think you are so horrible? Why take the time to not only read, but put the effort into commenting? Honestly, that's why I set it where comments on my blog have to be approved.

Like your's, my opinion probably doesn't matter either... But I have never liked Rachel Ray. I might have liked her before she had the talk show everyday. But I had never heard of her before that.

Anonymous said...

LOL anonymous- if you do not want to read her blog, then dont, no one is making you. Next, do you kiss your mother with that mouth? Have some class, really. Also, you might want to consider taking some grammar lessons because "our" and "are" are not the same thing. Ashley I think you are gorgeous and fabulous AND interesting and I LOVE reading your blog!

a H.I.T. said...

First, I can't stand Rachel Ray. Her cooking SUCKS. A friend of mine gave me her 356 meals cook book. Despite not liking her, I gave the recipes a chance and made them for about a week. Husby and I hated them. I actually threw the cookbook away (and I NEVER do that). And I can't stand EVOO. Urgh. Just say it.

Second, the anonymous commenter sucks just as much as Rachel does. You rock Ashley.

Good Gals Inc said...

I can't stand her!! Have you heard what Anthony Bordain has said about her?? Kind of makes me laugh...

Milly said...

awww poor Racheal...I like her....i love her 30mins meals!
but hubby hates her voice..finds it annoying lol