rachael ray jan 2011 gi Rachael Ray really excited about One Life to Live, All My Children replacementsRachael Ray has much more than a casual interest in ABC’s new daytime plans.

The popular food expert’s syndicated weekday show airs on many of the network’s affiliates, so the cancellations of the long-running soap operas “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” may impact the Daytime Emmy-winning “Rachael Ray” with the arrivals of the replacements: the food-oriented “The Chew” in September, and the lifestyle-focused “The Revolution” in January.

“I think it’s exciting,” Ray tells Zap2it on Friday (April 15) at the site of her annual cooking show that benefits the Alumni Association of her alma mater, Lake George (N.Y.) Jr.-Sr. High School. “My good friend Mario Batali and Michael Symon are going to be part of ‘The Chew,’ and I’m thrilled to see them join the roster.”

Also with Oprah Winfrey‘s imminent departure from syndication and Regis Philbin‘s upcoming exit from :“Live! With Regis and Kelly,” Ray knows how much the daytime scene will be changing around her.

“I will miss Regis, of course, but I will be excited to see Kelly Ripa with her new partner in 2012  I’m a big fan of Anderson Cooper, and he’s coming to daytime. I’m a big fan of Katie Couric, and she may be coming to daytime. Those will be fantastic afternoon shows, but I’m interested to see who joins up in the A.M.

“In a lot of markets, we are next-door neighbors to ‘Regis and Kelly’ and ‘The View,’” Ray adds. “I always say, ‘The more, the merrier.’ The cable and syndication landscapes are blurred, and I think there are more than enough viewers and customers out there for everybody. I’m really excited to see a lot of the new shows.”

Posted by:Jay Bobbin