Home is where the show is for Rachael Ray

Rachael Ray

“Work from home” has much deeper meaning for many people these days, including Rachael Ray.

Known as much for her cooking skills as her lively personality, the talk-show host (who’s approaching the 15th season of the syndicated, weekday “Rachael Ray”) has been creating new episodes of her eponymous program from the home she maintains in upstate New York, mixing those with studio shows taped pre-pandemic. Currently, her lone crew member is someone she knows extremely well: her husband, John Cusimano.

“It’s lovely to be kind of stripped down,” Ray says of doing her series with … well, the bare necessities. “I’m not naked, but I’m in sweatpants; for people who work in television, that is the equivalent of being naked. You’re just stripped right down to who you are, and with many of the episodes, it’s literally just me and John.”

Mourning the recent passing of her beloved pit bull Isaboo, Ray — who also continues her work for Food Network with her “30 Minute Meals” revival, recently nominated for two Daytime Emmys (in addition to the bid “Rachael Ray” earned) — has given thought to when she’ll return to the studio full-time. She knows there are many considerations, though, such as how the areas for staff members and waiting audience members will be organized.

“You talk briefly about different contingencies,” Ray allows, “but it’s gonna be a while before there is a contingency. We don’t know what it’s going to be until it actually comes to be. We do a touch-base thing with (CBS Television Distribution executives) now, but that’s all I can take the time to do. Because I have to work.”

Birthdate: Aug. 25, 1968

Birthplace: Glens Falls, N.Y.

Current residences: New York City and upstate New York

Marital status: Married to musician and lawyer John Cusimano

Other television work includes: “Crashing,” “Match Game,” “Hawaii Five-0,” “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life,” “The $100,000 Pyramid,” “Best Time Ever With Neil Patrick Harris,” “Rachael Ray’s Kids Cook-Off,” “30 Rock,” “Sesame Street,” “Food Network Star,” “Rachael vs Guy: Kids Cook-Off,” “Rachael Ray’s Week in a Day,” “Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off,” “Rachael Ray’s 3 in the Bag,” “Thanksgiving Live!,” “The Apprentice,” “Rachael Ray’s Tasty Travels,” “Rachael’s Vacation,” “I Get That a Lot,” “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,” “The Biggest Loser,” “Million Dollar Password,” “Dancing With the Stars,” “$40 a Day”

Movie work includes: “The Emoji Movie” (voice only)

Jay Bobbin

Jay Bobbin has decades of experience covering the television and movie businesses, winning Tribune Media Services’ Crown Jewel Award in 2008 for his performance in the company. Over those many years of interviewing and writing, he has spoken with everyone from Robert De Niro and John Travolta to Paul McCartney and Tony Bennett … from Meryl Streep and Julie Andrews to Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood.

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