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'The Chew' celebrates their milestone 500th show on ABC-TV

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On yesterday's ABC hit show "The Chew" all five co-hosts were in attendance, for the celebration of their 500th episode. Fans are just loving the chemistry these people generate. The fact that five such nice people could come together into their homes each day is a treat. Now after 500 episodes have given viewers tips and tricks in the kitchen, they have given them another family as well.

This episode gave a look back at some of the happenings of the last five hundred episodes and some scenes that did not make it to the show. Clinton asked the crew if they ever thought they would get to this point? Michael just wanted to make it past the first week to the sixth episode. Mario was told by a close friend that he was committing career suicide. Daphne stated that the new concept had them all wondering, but it truly worked and continues to work. Carla was in a completely furnished apartment, to enable her to move in sixty seconds or less. Clinton had another show to fall back on called “What Not To Wear,” which has since ended. Michael knew Mario, but did not know the rest of the crew personally. Now knowing how everyone was going to get along was a challenge, but they all just love each other, and it certainly shows.

In Season One, Daphne surprised Clinton with a secret Santa gift; a visit from his favorite actress, Jo Beth Williams. To watch him tremble when he saw her was a fun memory. Carla got her fondest wish since a little girl; she got to dance with the Rockettes. Michael recalled when they had a slumber party, and they had makeshift beds where they were eating Chinese food from the cartons. As he and Mario were in one bed, it collapsed. Now Mario and Michael knew each other well, but it was in the early stages of the show and although Carla was laughing, Daphne and Clinton were not sure what to do. During the break, when Gordon Elliott came out to see what happened, he sat on the other bed, and it also collapsed. They showed an episode of “Meatless Monday,” where Daphne became a sore loser. As they were juicing lemons, and racing to see who could get the most juice, it became a fight to the finish as she pulled a few tricks to ensure her win. They showed clips of one of the many pie fights the group has had over the last five hundred episodes. Mario mentioned how Daphne surprised the crew with sonogram pictures of her baby to be at the beginning of this season.

With a new month, and end of Movember, Michael’s mustache and goatee got the heave-ho as Mario got to spread cream on his face before the commercial break, fortunately, after the break it was all gone.

The next segment had them tweaking recipes (today’s recipes) from the past shows. Michael’s Crispy Lime and Cilantro Chicken Wings with Sriracha were tweaked by Daphne, Carla and Mario as Crispy Chicken Wings, but with a different twist by each of them. The audience was also treated to some of the wings, not only the ones who are lucky enough to be at the tasting table.

Photos of each of them tasting something they did not like were shown, although Clinton stated that his was something he tasted and liked. They showed some of the funniest clips of past episodes and costumes and outrageous skits. Anyone who is a regular viewer and was fortunate to see these first hand, would remember the circumstances surrounding these hilarious times.

Four audience members got to play the 500th Food Pyramid, a takeoff on another famous quiz show. The winner received $500. Each team played individually, and the fans had to guess facts about the co-host they played with. Carla’s fan was the winner.

Michael made a Hanukkah brisket to continue the celebration of the seasonal holiday. While the hosts were busy enjoying this delightful dish, Carla reminded everyone of the guests who have visited over the course of the 500 episodes. From movie stars, television stars, to visiting chefs, to Sesame Street characters, comedians, singers, dancers and you name it, they all dropped by with their versions of recipes for the crew to make and taste.

After every episode, they do online after-show called "Last Bites." Daphne gave fans an insight into some of the shenanigans that occurred on that added attraction. A clip of Carla falling off her chair gave everyone a good laugh after they found out that she was alright; for more check here.

To top off the celebration, they were presented with a huge cake, complete with bobble heads of each of them. The biggest tribute was to the fans and viewers for making this all possible. Congratulations, and here’s to 500 more!

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