Gordon Ramsay, the foul-mouthed celebrity chef, is pulling the plug on his show Kitchen Nightmares.
The show features Ramsay visiting a different failing restaurant every week in the hopes of putting things right. That process frequently involves the Scotsman hurling profanities and other insults at the restaurant owners and occasionally the staff.
A master of the cruel, vindictive critique, some of Ramsay's best insults include, "My Gran could do better, and she's dead!" and "I wouldn't trust you running a bath, let alone a [expletive] restaurant."
For those who can stomach the barrage of nastiness, Ramsay typically comes up with a fresh menu and workflow that can sometimes save the business from going under. Assuming, of course, they survive the emotional trauma.
Here's what Ramsay posted on his website:
"As filming comes to a close on the latest series of Kitchen Nightmares I've decided to stop making the show.
I'm currently filming 4 new episodes, Costa Del Nightmares, for Channel 4 which will be my last. I've had a phenomenal 10 years making 123 episodes, 12 seasons, shot across 2 continents, watched by tens of millions of people and sold to over 150 countries. It’s been a blast but it's time to call it a day.
Starting in 2004 this was the show that really propelled my TV career and I'm very grateful for the amazing team behind the series and for the support from the viewers for almost over a decade! From the first episode which aired in April 2004 with over 5 million viewers we're now 12 seasons later and it's been an amazing journey. In 2007 we took the show to America on Fox and they've just finished airing series 7 this summer. During this time I've visited over 100 restaurants, meeting and trying to help or in some cases failing to help, some of the most weird and wonderful people. Of course Amy's Baking Company is a standout along with Bonaparte's but there were good times too; the lovely sisters at La Galleria and Momma Cherri's to name but two.
I'd like to thank you all for being so supportive. I'm glad I've been able to entertain and hopefully help a few people along the way. It's sad to say goodbye to Kitchen Nightmares but I'll be continuing with my other shows. It's been memorable! Thank you for watching."
Are you a fan of Kitchen Nightmares? Any favorite episodes?