Fans of The Chew love tuning into ABC at 1 p.m. EST on weekdays — but lately they've been wondering why co-host Daphne Oz is always missing from the daytime talk show. Sadly, the 31-year-old star — who is pregnant with her third baby! — announced on Saturday, Aug. 12 that she is leaving the hit show after six seasons.
"It has been an incredible six seasons with the [ABC The Chew] crew, and I am honored to always be a part of this wild family of [five]," Daphne captioned an Instagram photo of herself and her co-hosts. "Thank you for being the best audience, and for spending your lunch time with me."
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Prior to confirming her exit from the series — she will not return for Season 7 when the show comes back on Tuesday, Sept. 5 — Daphne was often missing from The Chew due to her busy work schedule and role as a mom and wife. She previously married her husband, John Jovanovic, in 2010, and today they are parents to two kids, daughter Philomena "Philo" Bijou Jovanovic, 3, and son Jovan Jovanovic, 1.
Daphne (middle) with her The Chew co-stars in 2015. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
In early June, Daphne revealed she is now expecting her third baby! "Party of 5! John and I are overjoyed to be adding to our family with a baby girl later this winter," she captioned a sweet photo of herself and her husband kissing. "Philo and JJ will be the best big siblings! I know lots of you guessed, and I could not wait to tell you! Exciting times ahead! 🎀💕🌸💗."
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In a previous interview, Daphne opened up about the difficulties of being a parent. "It is so much harder than I imagined! You just care so much, and want everything to be perfect. Even though you know it never can be, you keep trying your best. It’s never enough!" Daphne told The Bump in 2014. "I think the biggest change and challenge for me was coming to terms with the fact that being a good mom is not something you can read up on or learn from a distance. You have to jump in headfirst and get your hands dirty."
In addition to being a supermom, Daphne is also an established author. Last year, she published The Happy Cook: 125 Recipes for Eating Every Day Like It's the Weekend. She also authored titles including Relish: An Adventure in Food, Style, and Everyday Fun as well as The Dorm Room Diet. When she's not taking time writing up her next publication, she's busy making guest appearances on other popular talk shows like The View, Good Morning America, The Dr. Oz Show, The Rachael Ray Show, and more! And the work doesn't stop there! Daphne is additionally a judge on the fan-favorite Food Network show Cooks vs. Cons.
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Earlier this year, Daphne sadly had to take a bit of time off from The Chew after her father-in-law, Sretko Dimitric, sadly passed away. "Thank you all for your generous prayers and kindness. I wanted to let you know that, after a long battle with cancer (and many days and weeks and months that were unequivocal wins), my father-in-law passed away this afternoon," she wrote on Instagram in February.
caption this, and tune in to @abcthechew today #extrasalty #saltbae #droptheshaker ☝️ A post shared by D A P H N E O Z (@daphneoz) on Jan 12, 2017 at 9:22am PST
caption this, and tune in to @abcthechew today #extrasalty #saltbae #droptheshaker ☝️
A post shared by D A P H N E O Z (@daphneoz) on Jan 12, 2017 at 9:22am PST
"We are heartbroken, but grateful that we could spend the past few days together as a family and that he is at peace. The kids coming to visit him in the hospital always put a huge smile on his face, which is how we'll remember him," Daphne added. Before his death, she warned fans she'd have to take some time off to deal with the family matter. "You won't see me on The Chew this week as my father-in-law is very sick and we are with him as a family in Chicago." We'll miss seeing Daphne on The Chew next seaon!
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