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Ha ha haters -- Rachael Ray is laughing all the way to the bank

March 7, 2009 | 10:22 am

RayRachael Ray knows there are haters out there. And she couldn't care less. (Would you, if you were making an estimated $18 million a year?) As she says in her "ABC Nightline" interview:

"If you spend so much time thinking about the people who dislike what it is you're doing, you're doing a disservice to the people that employ you," she says. "I'm not employed by those people. I work for the people that want the type of food I write [about], the type of food we share with people."

Ray also says anyone could have done what she's done.

"I absolutely 100 percent believe that," she says. "I'm a waitress from upstate New York. Anyone that likes chatting, that likes to cook, certainly. Could have happened to anybody."

Read the rest of the article about the interview here. And find out what Ray's mom had to say when her daughter stripped down for an FHM photo shoot.

Where do you come down on this Food Network star? Are all the haters out there just jealous of her success? Or is the criticism deserved?

-- Rene Lynch

Photo: Jack Plunkett / Associated Press