'She is dating a woman': Queer Eye's Ted Allen 'outs' Food Network star Anne Burrell as a lesbian on live radio
14:36 GMT, 25 May 2012
Food Network favourite Anne Burrell has confirmed that she is a lesbian after fellow television personality Ted Allen 'outed' her on live radio.
Ms Burrell, 42, who hosts Secrets of a Restaurant Chef, confirmed the fact via her publicist after Queer Eye star Mr Allen announced her sexuality to listeners of Romaine Patterson's Sirius XM show.
He said: 'I am not going to put a label on Anne, but she is dating a woman right now.'
Out and proud: Food Network's Anne Burrell has confirmed the she is a lesbian after Ted Allen let slip that she was in a relationship with a woman on live radio
It seems Ms Burrell was not bothered by Mr Allen's revelation though.
Her spokesman told the New York Post: 'Anne doesn’t feel she was outed. She has made no secret of her relationship.
Revelation: Fellow Food Network star Ted Allen announced Ms Burrell's sexuality to listeners of Sirius XM
'Her significant other is a very private woman. They have been together for a couple of years and spend a lot of time together. It is no secret in the culinary world.'
The paper reports that Ms Burrell’s girlfriend is another top chef.
According to Page Six sources though, Ms Burrell was not quite as calm about the situation as her publicist has made out.
They said she had been filming her show when she 'bolted out'.
She told producers only that she had 'a situation to deal with', not returning until the following day.
The source added: 'The place was buzzing, but no one dared to ask her about Allen’s comments.'
Food Network Favourite: Ms Burrell hosts Secrets of a Restaurant Chef
Though Out magazine reports that Food Network has a large gay audience, Ms Burrell is the first to announce her sexuality to the public.
The network's senior vice president, Bob Tuschman, told the Post: 'We’re always looking to broaden the diversity of our hosts.'