Padma Lakshmi Defends ‘Top Chef’ Decision To Film In Houston Following Controversial Anti-Abortion Law

The Bravo show host, Padma Lakshmi, has taken to Twitter to defend the decision to film the 19th season of “Top Chef” in Houston, Texas.

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The show host, co-judge, and producer addressed the backlash after some “Top Chef” fans called out the series for filming in the state.

In her post, she seems to want to put the people’s attention to the segment that is most affected by the controversial law, Fox News reported.

She said, “Texans are up against so much right now- a hateful anti-abortion bill, erasure of voting rights, and a humanitarian & Constitutional crisis at the border. Houston is one of the most diverse cities in the U.S. Its govt & the majority of its ppl oppose @GovAbbott‘s heinous bills.”

She clarified that the “Top Chef” highlights the women and low-income folks” who also happen to be the most disadvantaged because of the heinous new abortion bills in Texas.

“Our show highlights the small businesses that hire the very same women, BIPOC ppl & low-income folks that these laws harm most.”

She said that only a meager 11% of Americans believe that abortion should be illegal. “The govt doesn’t have the right to force ppl to carry an unwanted pregnancy to term,” she added.

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Lakshmi’s statement came after the show released a statement naming Houston in Texas as the new city which will be the venue of the season 19th of “Top Chef”.

They cited the “ethnic diversity” that represents the city’s vibrant population as the reason for their choice.

The announcement reads: “‘Top Chef’ Season 19 is in production in Houston, the 4th largest city in the U.S. The racial and ethnic diversity of Houston’s population is represented in the city’s vibrant culinary scene, making it a perfect backdrop to inspire our next wave of cheftestants. We hope to showcase the rich heritage of Houstonians through the food that defines them.”

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