Hell Hath No Fury Like a Martha Scorned
There was a time when Martha Stewart ruled the airwaves with helpful hints and creative ideas for the kitchen. But that was a long, long time ago. Today Martha can be seen on Halmark (which is apparently a TV channel). Or make that Martha was last seen on Halmark.
The Martha Stewart Show is being canceled by Hallmark in May. Why? An average audience of just 225,000 viewers for starters. That’s less than Polish stock car racing gets. Extremely high production costs is another. Adding salt to the wound, Home Depot is dumping Martha Stewart-branded paint and the value of Martha Stewart Living’s stock is plunging. Finally, moving into to Martha’s old studio at Chelsea Market is Rachael Ray.
Yes, the very same Rachael Ray that Martha once described as, “more of an entertainer than she is, with her bubbly personality, than she is a teacher like me,” on ABC’s “Nightline.” She went on to say that one of Rachael’s cookbooks was “not good enough for me.” The same Rachael Ray who’s show long ago replaced Martha’s as the “go to” lifestyle show. I guess “bubbly” is Martha-speak for likable.
Well, apparently seeing the newer, younger, hipper version of herself was too much for Martha last week when she and “RaRay” just happened to dine at the same Bond St. hot spot, Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria. A witness of the event told the New York Post that, “Martha was staring Rachael down as soon as she walked in with a group of friends. Martha looked disgruntled. You could definitely feel Martha’s heat in that kitchen.”
Rachael, who was accompanied by Time magazine food writer Josh Ozersky, became quite uncomfortable with Stewart’s evil eye and elected to get her entree to go. Stewart’s camp denies their matron was even aware that Ray was on site but according to everyone who was at the restaurant it was obvious that Stewart was aware as she was, “noticeably glaring in Ray’s direction throughout her meal.”
Stewart once condescended of Ray, “I don’t know if she has a garden; I don’t think so.” Well, one thing Rachael does have that Martha doesn’t is a TV show.
By the way, I asked Josh what was in his doggie bag and he told me, “short ribs, of course!“