New York, NY, October 19, 2007 – Veteran actress and current spokesperson for Jenny Craig, Valerie Bertinelli, has joined the “Rachael Ray” show as a “celebrity buddy,” who will work to develop segments that reflect her personality and interests as a mom and working woman.

For her first segment as a “celebrity buddy,” Valerie travels to New Orleans for a girls’ guide to the gridiron at a “Monday Night Football” game. She displays her passion for football while teaching women how not to become “football widows.” Valerie also drops by the studio to show off her cooking skills and whips up her special Louisiana gumbo. The segment airs on Tuesday, October 23rd. 

“Valerie is the girlfriend and neighbor you wish you had. She lives her life with the same passion that our viewers do” said Rachael Ray. “It is really exciting for me to have her as our ‘correspondent extraordinaire.’”

“Rachael Ray” Executive Producer, Janet Annino said, “Our viewers relate to Valerie’s life, from raising a child, to divorce, to weight issues. We’re going to let Valerie be Valerie! She’ll continue her successful acting career and even take our cameras on the road with her.”

Last season, the hit syndicated show secured a spot among the top daytime programs, after having the highest rated premiere for any first-run syndicated talk show since the 2002 launch of “Dr. Phil.”

In its first two seasons, “Rachael Ray” has attracted exceptional guests such as Oprah Winfrey, Diane Sawyer, Former President Bill Clinton, First Lady Laura Bush, Dustin Hoffman, Teri Hatcher, Kelsey Grammer, Dr. Phil McGraw, Jessica Simpson, Michael J. Fox, Morgan Freeman, Tim Robbins, Susan Sarandon, Jennifer Hudson, Mandy Moore, LL Cool J, Felicity Huffman and Ali Larter, to name a few. 

The series, which has been cleared in more than 194 markets, airs Monday through Friday in nearly 99% of the country. Please visit for local show times.

“Rachael Ray” is distributed and produced by CBS Television Distribution in association with Harpo Productions, Scripps Networks and Watch Entertainment.  Janet Annino is executive producer. CBS Television Distribution is a unit of CBS Corp.

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