Rachael Ray is reflecting on her recent tragedies and said she feels “grateful” to be alive.
Both the chef’s New York City apartment and her upstate NY home were affected by natural disasters in the past two years. The 53-year-old’s apartment was wiped out by Hurricane Ida last month while her Lake Luzerne abode was burned down in a chimney fire last summer. Earlier in 2020, the celeb cook also suffered a loss when her dog Isaboo died.
“When I lost my dog I was so grateful that I could be with her the last several months of her life,” Ray said in a recent interview with Extra.
She said, “[My dog] died in my arms … I felt guilty and grateful at the same time … People suffered actual human loss from COVID or because they couldn’t get care … and how many people died alone.”
The celebrity foodie revealed that the coronavirus pandemic put her life into perspective. “The fire, the chimney burped under the roof, that’s just life,” she continued.
“So many people wrote to me and reached out and said we lost so much too, I mean that’s just bad luck … The apartment, we weren’t there … Leaks became bigger and the roof became worse and we thought we had repaired everything … then Ida … the whole apartment, was just raining inside,” Ray added.
In August 2020, shortly after her upstate home went ablaze, she thanked first responders for their hard work and dedication. “Thank you to our local first responders for being kind and gracious and saving what they could of our home. Grateful that my mom, my husband, my dog … we’re all okay. These are the days we all have to be grateful for what we have, not what we’ve lost,” she tweeted at the time.
Despite her struggles, the “Rachael Ray Show” host is getting back on her feet and also shared that her show is back for its 16th season after almost two years off the air.
Telling ET about getting back into the swing of things, she said the studio remodel is “modeled after my home upstate; they took inspiration from that.”
The show used to be filmed in her house before it was burned down. “We’ve been living in the guest house as the new house is being rebuilt. This house has some of those elements. We wanted it to feel cozy,” Ray added.
“They turned it more into what my real life is like,” she continued. “It would’ve been hard to go back to. It was a totally different speed before the pandemic. Twenty-something months ago, when we were in the old studio, I would wear high heels and fancy clothes. This feels much more relaxed. It’s much more like my real life. I’m wearing sneakers and jeans now all the time, it’s much more like my actual home. I’m never dressing up again.”