Rachael Ray: If we’re not sleeping together or related I don’t care how you live


Rachael Ray is hosting her annual Feedback Music & Food Festival this weekend at SXSW in Austin. She’s been doing this for 11 years and the musical lineups she attracts are insane! New York Dolls, Blondie, De La Soul, Jimmy Cliff, George Clinton, Wanda Jackson, Jakob Dylan among others. You can read this year’s lineup here.

Unfortunately, not included in the musical acts this year are Beyoncé or Jay-Z, whom Rachael was linked to when a portion of the Beyhive mistook Rachael for Rachel Roy, who is believed to be Becky with the Good Hair. Whereas the thought of having the Beyhive descend terrifies me, Rachael had a pretty great response. She was flattered anyone thought she was hip enough to hang with the mega-duo.

On being mistaken for Rachel Roy aka ‘Becky with The Good Hair’
“I thought that was hilarious. I guess I looked at that as the most ultimate backward compliment – just the idea that anybody would think that I groove in a universe where I get to hang out with Jay-Z or Beyoncé or all that. To me it was like, ‘People think I’m cool enough to go to places where any of this would happen?’ It was so funny to me.”

She doesn’t judge or gossip
“Not judging any of what was going on within it. … I do not spend my time gossiping about people, because if I don’t sleep with you, and if I’m not related to you, then I truly don’t care how you live your life. I think it matters to the universe, but it certainly doesn’t matter to me. It’s none of my beeswax. No pun intended!”

On people who talk smack about her online
“I feel bad if anybody’s spewing hate anywhere. There’s just so little time on the planet; maybe we go around again, maybe we don’t. Why spend time putting negative energy out there? I believe if you put out negative, you will get negative ripples back; if you put out positive, hopefully you’ll get enough positive back to keep on going,”

“Some of my most loyal television watchers for years were literally in a website called ‘I Hate Rachael Ray.’ I never hated them back. Eventually they kind of came to say, ‘I guess we have to give up. OK, we kind of like her. OK, she’s not going away.'”

[From Yahoo!]

I really like Rachael’s comments in this interview. I could see her showing the tweets to her friends “I’m cool enough to be mistaken as Jay-Z’s lover!” That would be my first thought too. I agree with her that if I’m not in a relationship with someone I’m not passing judgement on them (although I am probably gossiping about it if they’re famous – that’s my job).

I remember hearing a lot of hate for Rachael, but I don’t know why that was. She’s so high energy, I assumed it was a ‘she’s annoying’ thing. But I also believe Rachael won over her haters by just not giving them any hate back. She tells a story about doing this to Anthony Bourdain, who lambasted her for years. As a matter of fact, it was the aforementioned New York Dolls, a favorite of both of theirs, that bridged that gap. Bourdain was so mad Rachael booked one of his favorite acts that he wrote “I don’t know whether to go out and shoot a puppy, or send Rachael a fruit basket. It just does me no good at all to think of Rachael as a Dolls fan.” He never did send her a fruit basket so she sent him a giant one instead and then he issued her an apology.

As an aside, the idea of Jay-Z and Rachael Ray in a passionate tryst makes me giggle:
JZ: “Hey baby – how about you and I make mad love all afternoon?”
RR: “All afternoon? I can bang this out in 30 minutes.”
JZ: “Okay, but go easy on the garlic this time, Bey smells it on me when I get home.”


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  1. Pandy says:

    Well I do! That’s why I snark in the comments section.

  2. Imqrious2 says:

    I like RR. Her enthusiasm is contagious, and she always seems happy. I catch her show occasionally, and I like it. She has a great attitude.

    • Valiantly Varnished says:

      Years ago, I used to work in HR for a major retail brand. Our offices were at the top of our flagship store. Rachel Ray came in to shop and everyone was so excited about it. I was a fan at the time but that changed after that visit. She was absolutely horrible to the sales person who helped her. I’ve never forgotten that. Her persona on TV is just that – a persona. She’s not very nice in person and when the cameras are off.

      • Ms says:

        I’ve heard this as well — many fan encounters which suggest she is beyond rude.

      • Deniz says:

        YES! I knew a girl who interned for her years ago, and she was terrible then too.

      • Raina says:

        Valiantly, I liked what she said in the interview but it is such cognitive dissonance from how she really is. I am a pretty good judge on energy and this one is a phony, nasty woman and many of her former employees have such horror stories… or just people who have dealt with her.

  3. Betsy says:

    I like her. She seems like a happy go lucky DGAF woman who knows herself.

  4. Valiantly Varnished says:

    Not a fan. She is not a very kind person when there are no cameras around. It’s all an act.

  5. elle says:

    I couldn’t stand her when she first came on the scene, and she seems completely inoffensive to me now. I think it’s because she got shoved up our asses sideways, as is standard operating procedure for any one who the machine is trying to make happen.

  6. Dee says:

    She drives me nuts lol JUST A LITTLE EVOO AND ITS DEEEELISH. But I do like her recipes because they really take me only 30 min.