The Hotel Hell reboot has not been confirmed yet – but it definitely should be.
All longtime television watchers will know that the only thing that is more difficult to predict than a cancellation, is an unexpected reboot.
And while a show that has been off the air for more than seven years would usually be considered pretty much dead, especially in the case of Gordon Ramsay’s Hotel Hell, which was only on the air for four years to begin with, it seems like this Scottish chef plays by his own rules.
So while no official Hotel Hell reboot has been announced just yet, we submit that just about anything is possible at this point.
Why Hotel Hell should come back
Admittedly, bringing back a decade-old reality television series, with the same host and same format, does not make much sense on paper.
However, Gordon Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares reboot has been so successful that it has had Gordon Ramsay fans all over the internet clamoring for Hotel Hell to be brought back and rebooted as well.
And while some would argue that one comeback is enough, we argue that Kitchen Nightmares’ reboot has only given Ramsay’s team and the network the perfect blueprint to bring back yet another one of his ultra-popular business-rescue shows.
Hotel Hell at a glance
By the time that Fox decided that it was no longer going to be investing in new seasons of Hotel Hell back in 2016, the show was in the midst of its third (and now, final) season.
Hotel Hell ended up airing a total of 22 episodes before it was cancelled, as follows:
|Original air date
|August 13, 2012 – September 3, 2012
|5.01 million viewers
|July 21, 2014 – September 9, 2014
|3.72 million viewers
|May 24, 2016, to July 26, 2016
|2.56 million viewers
The real reason why Hotel Hell was cancelled
When Ramsay decided to stop filming his other series, Kitchen Nightmares in 2014, the celebrity chef exited gracefully, simply stating, “It’s been a blast, but it’s time to call it a day.” However, the end of Hotel Hell saw no such farewell.
The fact of the matter is that while it is pretty evident that Hotel Hell’s viewership and ratings had started to declining drastically by its third season, Ramsay and Fox never provided an official reason for why the show was cancelled.
And this cancellation may have had just as much to do with the network’s transition away from this kind of unscripted reality television format as it did with the show’s dwindling popularity.
After all, Fox also cancelled other fan-favorite reality shows like American Idol around the same time.
There is certainly demand for another Gordon Ramsay reboot
Longtime Gordon Ramsay stans will already know that there is a great divide within the fandom about which one of the acclaimed celebrity chef’s many television shows is truly the best.
And though this debate is obviously highly subjective, the Kitchen Nightmares reboot has certainly exceeded the expectations of many viewers.
The Kitchen Nightmares season eight premiere episode managed to draw in about 1.58 million viewers, which placed it slightly ahead of Fox’s other show Special Forces: World's Toughest Test, which premiered an hour later.
And since the internet has been absolutely overrun with fans on the Hotel Hell side of the argument asking for the same to be done for their show, there certainly seems to be enough of a demand for Fox to consider another comeback in the coming season.
The possibilities for a Hotel Hell comeback are truly endless
IBIS World estimates that there were over 100,000 hotels and motels in the United States as of 2022, and STATISTA estimated that the hospitality industry would have reached a market size of 258.1 billion U.S. dollars by the end of 2022.
This means that there are certainly more than enough new, never-before-seen hotels, motels, inns, lodges, guesthouses, and bed and breakfasts all throughout the United States for Ramsay to focus his attention on if he does decide to bring Hotel Hell back.
But since Hotel Hell never featured “Revisited” episodes the way that Kitchen Nightmares did, and the series has a slightly higher success rate than its restaurant-focused predecessor, Ramsay could even bring Hotel Hell back in an entirely new format, where he stops by the hotels to evaluate how the businesses have done in the years since his first visit.