Human curse word machine Gordon Ramsay has decided to pull the plug on his hit multinational television show Kitchen Nightmares. In an announcement on his website — and notably not via Fox or Channel 4, where the series airs in the UK — Ramsay wrote, "As filming comes to a close on the latest series of Kitchen Nightmares I've decided to stop making the show." Ramsay says after filming wraps in Spain on the current Channel 4 series Costa Del Nightmares, he will be done with Kitchen Nightmares for good.
Kitchen Nightmares has been on the air for 12 seasons in the UK and seven in the US. Despite squeezing major ratings out of the antics of the Amy's Baking Company episode at the end of season six, Fox all but buried the season seven, often airing two episodes back-to-back. (There was a revisit to Amy's Baking Company in season seven, but "reporter Ana Garcia" went to the restaurant, not Ramsay.)
No word on what Ramsay is up to next — perhaps training for more Ironman competitions? Eater has reached out to Fox for comment and will update accordingly.
Ramsay isn't all bad news, though. Delightfully, he shares a by-the-numbers account of the show's history, which includes 10,197 total swear words and a supposed "234 Zantacs consumed." Read his full statement below.
Announcement: Monday 23 June 2014
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.
Facts from over the years
Kitchen Nightmares ran for 10 years
123 restaurants in 99 cities within 2 countries were visited
If you watched all episodes back-to-back it would run for 6,868 minutes
Episodes sold into 150 territories globally
The Kitchen Nightmares format was produced locally for 30 territories around the world
Swear count – 10,197
The show brought in $37.3 million in ad revenue during the 2012-13 season – more than any other Friday FOX original series that season
The show was the most viewed TV show across networks during the Friday time slot
Tears – 0.4 gallons
Meltdowns - 27
Walkouts - 1
Mice – 1
Meows – 6
First ever episode was watched by 5.7 million people
2 ulcers and 2.3 litres of Pepto Bismol
234 Zantacs consumed
Update 4:30 PM EST: A Fox representative sends in a statement:
FOX is not providing any additional comment at this time but okay to write based on Gordon's post.
Just a reminder – we still have four other shows with Gordon – HELL'S KITCHEN, HOTEL HELL (which premieres July 21!), MASTERCHEF and MASTERCHEF JUNIOR.