Emeril gets the boot in nasty Macy's spat

The celebrity chef sees Macy's drop his cookware line -- a line that just happens to be owned by Martha Stewart's company.

By Kim Peterson Feb 27, 2013 4:01PM
Chef Emeril Lagasse in February 2011 (J Pat Carter/AP Photo)Chef Emeril Lagasse has been dragged into the increasingly bitter battle between Macy's (M) and Martha Stewart's company.

Macy's has decided to drop Lagasse's line of cookware from its 800 stores right in the middle of its ongoing courtroom fight with Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia (MSO). The cookware line just happens to be owned by Martha Stewart.

Macy's says it's all just a big coincidence, and that Lagasse's cookware simply wasn't performing very well in stores.

This came as a complete surprise to Martha Stewart's legal team, reports Women's Wear Daily. "During a brief break, the team was overheard confirming among themselves that they had 'no idea' Macy’s severed ties with Lagasse," writes the publication.

Martha Stewart bought the Lagasse line in 2008 for $50 million, reports the New York Daily News.

Macy's is suing Martha Stewart's company and J.C. Penney (JCP), claiming that Stewart should not have signed a $283 million deal to sell her items at J.C. Penney. Macy's said it had the exclusive right to sell Stewart's goods.

Earlier this month, Macy's CEO Terry Lundgren testified that he hung up on Stewart when she called in December 2011 to tell him about her deal with J.C. Penney, and he hasn't talked to her since.

"I was literally sick to my stomach about this," he said in court. "It was something I couldn’t imagine."

Lagasse is keeping quiet about the development, but some of his friends aren't. Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain said on Twitter that Lagasse's cookware was of good quality and sold for a good price. Macy's is "playing vindictive small ball," he added. Other Twitter users told Macy's not to take out its beef with Stewart on Emeril.

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34Comments
Feb 28, 2013 9:44AM
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I have never bought anything attached to Marta's name and never will!!
Feb 28, 2013 2:31AM
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Celebrity cookware is cheaply made with a high price for the alleged celeb name.
Invest in cookware from companies that made their name in cookware like All Clad.
Feb 27, 2013 10:28PM
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Macys, Smacys, Emeril, Schemeril....Sounds like a lot of you really don't know to cook,WITHOUT a

designer label on it ??

 

Was told by Miss LIlly that Macys is overpriced on too many items, but she does shop there occassionally..

 

As far as Marta Sturat....You've got be kidding me, her shidt is junk or vis a vis.

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Macys has always tried to do what is best for the company/shareholders/associates/customers. There are not too many stores left that have been successful and have survived. Go Macys Go. 

Feb 27, 2013 8:31PM
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I will not buy anything that I know is owned by Honest Martha.  I don't care about the quality, it's the ethics.

To Martha, we are all the "little people".

Feb 27, 2013 7:47PM
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SO WE HAVE A BUGER KING COOK THAT MADE 50 MILLION & A CONVICTED FELON WHO SOLD HER CRAP FOR 283 MILLION BUCK'S. IT SHOULDN'T BE HARD FOR ANYONE TO GUESS WHATS GOING WRONG IN THIS COUNTY. THESE TWO ARE RIGHT UP THERE WITH THE CEO'S THAT LINE THERE POCKETS WHILE RUNNING COMPANIES INTO THE GROUND. THE LITTLE GUY PAYS FOR IT ALL.........
Feb 27, 2013 7:44PM
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I have had Lagasse's cookware for at least 5 yrs and absolutely love it...never have I cooked with such pleasure. Macy's is too uppidy for its own good!

 

Feb 27, 2013 7:18PM
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WHY ARE THEY SOOOOOOOOO GREEDY.  HELLO, WHAT ELSE DO THEY WANT.  THEY HAVE EVERYTHING EXEPT PEACE OF MIND.

Feb 27, 2013 6:36PM
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Macy's needs to dump Trump.  Boycott Macy's.

Feb 27, 2013 6:35PM
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About time they came to their senses.
Feb 27, 2013 6:12PM
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Martha Stewart, you have been so out of integrity for the last few years, it really makes me

not want to even look at  anything that has your name !!!

Feb 27, 2013 6:00PM
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Once again, it shows how big business is trying to be the big bully here.  I agree with Anthony Bourdain's opinion of Emeril's cookware.  I have owned it for 7 years since it came out and have been very pleased with it.  It is well constructed and of high quality.  This court case just gives me another reason to say Adios Macy's!!!
Feb 27, 2013 6:00PM
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It's not like they're hurting Emeril since he doesn't own the company anymore.  Says he sold it to Martha Stewart for 50 mil.  So he's sitting pretty either way.
Feb 27, 2013 5:57PM
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Like Emeril cares..."Martha Stewart bought the Lagasse line in 2008 for $50 million"
Feb 27, 2013 5:47PM
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I BETCHA IT'S ALL MADE IN CHINA!!!!!
Feb 27, 2013 5:36PM
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Dump Trump!!! How many times does he have to make a fool of himself before Macy's recognizes a problem?
Feb 27, 2013 5:28PM
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We got Emeril's complete cookware set 11 years ago as a wedding gift. I still today use all of them and have added a large Calphalon pan to complete my set. I have no complaints as these pans are still non-stick and cook well as we have taken good care of them,
Feb 27, 2013 5:27PM
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They dump Lagasse who is of fine character, and keep Trump who is a moron.  Go figure.  No wonder Macys is losing business.  Maybe they should dump their CEO?
Feb 27, 2013 5:23PM
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Oh Please!!! Macy's, Emeril, Martha "OCD" Stewart......they ALL suck!  People, get All-Clad or go to Marshall's and get it at deep discounts.

sheesh!!!
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