Padma Lakshmi defends filming ‘Top Chef’ in Houston after Texas’ passing of anti-abortion law

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Co-Judges Tom Colicchio and Gail Simmons are set to return and new episodes will premiere in spring 2022

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Padma Lakshmi is defending the choice of “Top Chef” to film its 19th season in Houston, Texas.

The host, co-judge, and producer of the Bravo show addressed the backlash on Twitter after fans called out the series for filming in the state, which just passed its new controversial anti-abortion law.

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“Texans are protesting a lot right now- a nefarious anti-abortion bill, the abolition of voting rights, and a humanitarian and constitutional crisis at the border. Houston is one of the most diverse cities in America with its government and most of its ppl heinous of @GovAbbott oppose the bills,” Lakshmi Express. “Our show highlights the small businesses that hire equal women, BIPOC PPLs and the low-income people who are hurt the most by these laws.”

She continued, “Our show highlights the small businesses that hire equal women, BIPOC PPL and low-income people who are hurt the most by these laws. Only 11% of Americans believe that.” that abortion should be illegal. The government does not have the authority to force the PPL to terminate an unwanted pregnancy.”

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Show announces new city social media Tuesday.

“‘Top Chef’ Season 19 is taking place in Houston, the fourth largest city in America. The racial and ethnic diversity of Houston’s population is reflected in the city’s vibrant culinary scene, making it the next wave of our cheftestants.” creates a perfect backdrop to inspire,” the network said in a statement. “We hope to showcase the rich heritage of the people of Houston through the food that defines them.”

Co-Judges Tom Colicchio and Gail Simmons are set to return and new episodes will premiere in spring 2022.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said in a statement Houston First“I can’t think of a more perfect pairing than Top Chef and the City of Houston. Both represent a celebration of cuisine, culture and innovation.”

The anti-abortion law went into effect on September 1 after the US Supreme Court upheld it in a 5-4 decision. It is the strictest abortion law in the country, banning all abortions after six weeks. Critics say many women do not yet know they are pregnant at six weeks – around the time when a fetal heartbeat can be detected for the first time – and the law makes no exceptions for rape or incest. does not make.

The US Justice Department last week asked a federal judge in Texas to temporarily block the controversial state law. The emergency motion seeking a temporary restraining order came days after the DOJ sued Texas over the law, claiming it was enacted “to prevent women from exercising their constitutional rights.”

Granthshala News’ Tyler McCarthy contributed to this report.


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