It's hard out there for a media mogul. In a move said to return Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia to profitability, Martha Stewart and the media empire's board of directors have mutually agreed to reduce her pay. READ MORE
She may be an iconic homemaking maven, who puts Desperate Housewives’ Bree Van de Kamp (Marcia Cross) to shame, but when Martha Stewart’s new Hallmark Channel show gets taken to the woodshed and spanked in the ratings by Little House on the Prairie and Golden Girls reruns you know there is a problem.
According to The Live Feed, the 10 a.m. airing of The Martha Stewart Show on the Hallmark Channel dropped 61 percent from Golden Girls reruns during the same time a year ago and the 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. re-airings dropped 67 and 71 percent from Little House on the Prairie reruns a year ago. Even worse, the Hallmark Channel’s 25-54 target female audience was down significantly.
TVGuide.com is reporting Martha Stewart has no ill will toward fellow talk show host Rachael Ray. Stewart commented on a recent Nightline episode that Ray was "not good enough for me" regarding her kitchen skills. On Monday's Martha Stewart Show she stated,
Just for the record, there are no bad feelings between us nor have there ever been, Stewart said apologetically. I truly believe that Rachael has done a terrific job bringing people, many people who would of never of even stepped into the kitchen or made a dish to cook. I applaud Rachael for her enthusiastic approach to cooking.
Ray has an open invitation to return to Stewart's show.
Martha Stewart let her feelings about Rachael Ray be known on Thursday's Nightline on ABC. Ray appeared on Stewart's show earlier this month. According to TVGuide.com, Stewart commented, READ MORE
What Rachael Ray does is "not good enough for me." During the interview, Stewart also revealed that Ray confessed to her that she "cannot bake," adding that Ray "just did a new cookbook which is just a re-edit of a lot of her old recipes. ... I mean, I really want to write a book that is a unique and lasting thing."
Bill O'Reilly's nemesis Keith Olbermann dropped by the Martha Stewart Show to help Martha make a chocolate pumpkin pie. In addition to discussing the pie, Olbermann's girlfriend and Thanksgiving plans they talked about Ben Affleck's impression of Ketih on SNL.