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 previously announced in August 2017 that she was leaving the hit show after six years. “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 wrote on Instagram at the time. “Thank you for being the best audience, and for spending your lunch time with me.”
Prior to confirming her exit from the series — she did not return for Season 7 when the show came back in September 2017 — Dr. Oz’s daughter was often missing from The Chew due to her busy work schedule and role as a mom and wife. She married her husband, John Jovanovic, in 2010, and today they are parents to three kids, daughter Philomena “Philo” Bijou Jovanovic, 3, son Jovan Jovanovic, 2, and newborn daughter Domenica Celine Jovanovic.
Daphne (middle) with her The Chew co-stars in 2015. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
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. In 2016, she published The Happy Cook: 125 Recipes for Eating Every Day Like It’s the Weekend. She’s 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 additionally makes 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 also a judge on the fan-favorite Food Network show Cooks vs. Cons.
Before she officially exited the show, Daphne also 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 2017.
“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.”
Unfortunately, Daphne isn’t the only The Chew star to recently leave the hit daytime series. In December 2017, Mario Batali was fired from the show following allegations of sexual misconduct. “I apologize to the people I have mistreated and hurt. Although the identities of most of the individuals mentioned in these stories have not been revealed to me, much of the behavior described does, in fact, match up with ways I have acted,” he said in a statement. “That behavior was wrong and there are no excuses. I take full responsibility and am deeply sorry for any pain, humiliation or discomfort I have caused to my peers, employees, customers, friends, and family.” Mario and Daphne’s former The Chew co-stars Carla Hall, Clinton Kelly, and Michael Symon remain on the program.