CAKE BOSS Finale Shocker: Family Member Quits on Buddy

Sofia, Buddy and Carlo Valastro
Buddy Valastro and his kids, Sofia and Carlo decorating employee party cake

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On the season finale of TLC’s CAKE BOSS, Ashley gave her notice and that was bad enough for Buddy, but when cousin Anthony up and quit after years at Carlo’s it was a sad day and a shocking turn of events.

If you saw the show you understand how Buddy and Anthony came to a point where neither seemed to understand the other’s point of view.

One thing is for sure. When you continue to make mistakes after years of training, all because you don’t follow the tried and true recipe for cream puffs, something is wrong. Anthony didn’t have the courtesy to show up for work, merely phoning in his resignation to Buddy.  Buddy’s brother-in-law Joey broke the news to the bakery staff and the stunned look on everyone’s face told the story.

“This is not kidding around. Anthony decided to leave. Ok? It’s official. It’s 100%. He decided to move to Florida with his family. On a personal level I’ll admit, that hurts a little bit. I treated him like a son and he just basically says, ‘I’m leaving’. No explanation, we didn’t talk about it. He’s just up and left.”

Knowing how close a family it is, both at home and at the bakery, this was stunning news. Buddy truly believes this:

“I put my heart into training this kid. To see him throw it away, after all these years, I don’t know man. I really want success for him.”

On the lighter side of the show, we watched as a hot air balloon cake got messed up on delivery. That never happens for Buddy, but this time, the delivery went from his truck to a real hot air balloon for a publicity stunt at a N.J. balloon festival.

The weather was steaming hot, the wind picked up and the pilot missed the landing spot. The cake looked like a monstrosity….but it still tasted great!

Then we watched as Mama Valastro bravely dealt with her second trip to Israel to receive stem cell treatments to slow down the progression of ALS. There is no one who doesn’t adore her and all we can hope for is that the treatments are successful.

Image and video credit: TLC

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69 thoughts on “CAKE BOSS Finale Shocker: Family Member Quits on Buddy

  1. it would’ve been fine doing it his (anthony’s) way if what he did actually came out right. but he was basically like “no, they were done right”.

    it’s better for buddy to have someone take over that actually loves and understands what is needed, why, and how important it is.

  2. I love this show as a former baker myself I find it really nostalgic. Anthony was a real disappointment he knew he was wrong but couldn’t man-up and admit it. But good luck to him in the future we’ll also pray for Mama you really have to love that lady.

  3. I might and probably be wrong, but to me it seemed like Anthony was bullied a lot in Cake Boss. Maybe it was because of TV-drama but still…

  4. Ashley was a snob all the way through Next Great Baker! She used profanity in front of Buddy’s mother and family. She is conceited, rude and obnoxious and did not deserve the honor to work with Buddy and his family. Buddy should weigh all the factors when selecting his next best baker, not just the baking skills, but the personality and respect should be #1. You can teach anyone to bake, you can’t teach someone to be respectful, that is learned at the knee. Carlo’s Bakery will do just fine without Ashley.

  5. Is Cake Boss coming back? I’m really having withdrawals! I need my fix of Buddy, the whole family and Carlos!!! They’ve even taken the reruns off. For awhile they were on at 5am in Kansas, then at 8am and now nothing!!! Please tell me Cake Boss is coming back.

  6. It’s about time Anthony stood up to Buddy
    who was extremely arrogant and mean to Anthony and allowed the other staff to be mean as well.Then, he had the audacity to laugh at the pranks, weird sense of humor. If I were Anthony, I would have been gone long time ago. My prayers are for Anthony that he will do good without those nasty pranks played upon by his former arrogant, insensitive cousin, Buddy. Thank God. I know it was a welcome relief for Anthony. Job well done!

  7. I have watched all of the seasons on Netflix. However, I can’t find any new episodes for a long time. Can anyone tell me if the series is over, or just delayed on Netflix?

  8. Buddy did make fun of Anthony many times buddy is not that friendly I went to meet him . I think he only cares about himself he just loves to show off on tv
    On the other hand his mom is a very sweet lady . I will keep her in my prayers I didn’t find his pastry to be that tasty in fact they were horrible and the prices were just so high. Good luck Anthony you did right by leaving good luck to you.

    • Seems to me that Anthony was bullied a lot by the holier than thou Buddy; what an arrogant “leader”! Insecurities…
      Every time he delivers a cake, he’s not shy about stealing the show…the cake speaks for itself, no need to fish for praises the moment you present.

      • Anthony did get picked on alot on that show and yes, it was all in fun, but a PERSON (HUMAN BEING) can only take so much.

  9. Buddy Just got Lucky to Inherit The family Biz from his dad the real buddy. He just got arrested for DWI and hes a degenerat gambler and with child molestors in his family and thinks hes a big shot he doesnt even bake anymore and pays everyone below pay. Hes also disfunctional at home with a home built bar lol LOoser dead beat dad.

    • Dear Al H
      This is 1 of the most ridiculous posts I’ve seen. 1) A DWI isn’t a life sentence. It’s possible he had only 2 cocktails. 2) Do you have proof he’s a degenerate gambler? 3) How do you know he’s dysfunctional at home and a dead beat dad? Seriously, how do you know that for sure?
      It’s obvious you came from a dysfunctional family because you have zero manners.

  10. I watched every episode with Anthony, and I was really amazed that Buddy kept him that long and even wanted him to manage part of the bakery. He might have been a hard worker but he never was able to admit very stupid mistakes and then learn from them, and he often behaved like a really stubborn, stupid kid. I don’t know what really happened behind the scenes, but no matter what happened I might not even have hired him.

  11. I enjoyed watching the Cake Boss
    my prayers go out to mama and the whole family. To all the people that made trashing comments about Buddy and Anthony really you should look at your own life before you say hurtful and demeaning comments about someone elses life.

  12. I COME FROM AUSTRALIA AND A LOT OF US DOWN HERE LOVE THE CAKE BOSS SERIES SURE IT HAS ITS PUT ONS FOR TV BUT LOOKING AT IT FROM A FAMILY POINT OF VIEW WHOSE FAMILY OUT THERE DOESN’T HAVE DRAMAS BUT WHEN IT BOILS DOWN TO IT THAT FAMILY OF BUDDY’S CARE ABOUT EACH OTHER . AS FOR HIS PRICES BEING TOO DEAR AT LEAST YOU GOT THE OPPORTUNITY TO TASTE AND TRY THEM I
    LIVE TOO FAR AWAY TO DO EITHER . THE PEOPLE OUT THERE KNOCKING HIM YOU AREN’T FORCED TO WATCH HIS SHOW OR LIKE HIM STOP BEING JEALOUS OF HIS SUCCESS. MY GRANDDAUGHTER IS AN APPRENTICE CHEF SHE GETS TREATED TERRIBLE IN THE HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY BUDDY IS A PUSSY CAT COMPARED TO MY GRANDDAUGHTERS BOSSES OVER HER APPRENTICESHIP YEARS SHE WOULD GLADLY WORK UNDER BUDDY ANY DAY. MAY GOD BLESS YOUR MOTHER BUDDY AND WE HOPE SHE CONTINUES TO BE AROUND TO SEE YOU ACHIEVE MUCH MORE WITH CARLOS BAKERY AND SEE YOUR CHILDREN GROW INTO THE LOVING CARING YOUNG PEOPLE SHE IS ALREADY PROUD OF . THE BEST OF EVERYTHING TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY FOR 2015 HOPE TO SEE YOU BACK ON TV SOON . KINDEST REGARDS CATHERINE

  13. Love Buddy and his gang. Real Italian old fashion family. As every family I am sure they have problems, but they care for one another and they love their mum.

  14. I really lov the show and miss it terribly. Truly hope you bring it back soon. And as everyone else, would like to know how his mother is doing. I have watched the show from the beginning and I personally get tired of all these networks taking off the shows that everyone loves

  15. Really miss Cake Boss! Buddy miss you and your family. Anthony should have been grown up enoughto talk to you one on one. He must of knew he was in the wrong.

    Praying for your mom and family.

  16. Hi my name is nick I live in Australia I love cake boss could u tell me when the new show of cake boss is coming back on foxtel or to Australia tv

  17. Great show obviously has loads of for tv reactions and situations; just a huge pity DWI and then trying to bribe the officer silly man; hope you are as real as you appear to be on tv; I am from Cape Town South africa; hope the show returns. Anthony he appears to be a spoilt and immature young man; how is he related to Buddy?

  18. I read somewhere where they have just started taping Cake Boss again so everyone having withdrawal symptoms hold on for a little while longer and your wish will come true and it will come back.

  19. I started watching cake boss a couple of weeks ago after hearing about it from a friend. am getting addicted to it and also learning some great decorating tips. I am from Scotland UK and I hope they keep making this series as the drama and family life is fascinating.

  20. Hey my name is Daniel i come from Germany i watch it on TLC ! I love this Show and all the Cakes so F**** Great an Beutiful ! Buddy has a very big heart to all the people !! who every one has a problem Buddy is Helping !!!! Sorry my English is not so good !! Buddy WE LOVE YOU !!!!!!

  21. Love the show and the people! We live in Knysna, South Africa and see three of Buddy’s shows a day (Monday to Friday’s). We love him and his family, nobody is perfect but I believe this will be a much better world if we had more caring families just like this one. Do not get put off by the haters… they can always change channels if they do not like what they see…you the best!

  22. Eu amo cake boss vou sentir falta do anthony amo esse programa,espero que a mama estege bem amo essa familia.

  23. It’s sad that Anthony left that way. Who wouldn’t wanna be trained by the best?? Don’t quite understand his thinking but it seems a lot of young men & women want instant success. They look at people like Buddy & want what they have. They don’t realize all the minutes, days, hrs, YEARS & sometimes DECADES it takes to get to that level. Good luck Anthony.

  24. My granddaughter (12) and I miss the Cake Boss..we
    have watched it for a long time…Hope the show comes back..great to watch with children..my other grands (in same family) who are younger like to watch it also. Good luck to everybody and restored health to
    Mama..
    granny wiley

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  26. Anthony probably got fed up of being a stooge for Buddy. Being reminded every day how lucky he was probably made him unable to play the game, like the other grateful ‘buddyites’. I always enjoyed him on it. Pity he,s gone, he did not seem to be acting, but at least he no longer has to bite his tongue

  27. From what i’ve been led to believe on many verbal and web article accounts, the reason “Cousin Anthony” left the show “Cake Boss” permanently is this: Buddy and a few of he other male family members thought it would be a huge laugh to unknowingly set both Anthony AND “Carmen Carrera” a well known transgendered girl https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carmen_Carrera up on a date! Well, after the date, calamity ensued when they announced to Anthony that the girl he went on a date with was originally a man, and Anthony flipped. And the rest is history. Any story can be told in a way that skirts around the truth

  28. Buddy,
    We love your Mom and enjoy her so much in Fl.(our neighbor)
    She loves you all so much(her family) you must keep the show going
    for her and for all of us.
    We love your show!!
    The party goodies were great!(we enjoyed having a great party
    with you Mom and Sergio here in Fl. They were so great!!!!
    Thank you so much.

  29. I love the Cake Boss series! I hope a new season airs soon. I miss seeing this family in action. Great work and their pastries/sweets look like they are delicious! Yum!

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  31. So glad new season is here!! Even tho I know some of it is scripted you can see the closeness of your family and talented staff. So much better than those other idiotic reality shows (except the Little Couple).Keep up the good work! So sorry Mama isn’t doing well. We just lost my beloved aunt to this terrible disease. Hope someday they can find a cure.

  32. Other website: https://www.facebook.com/Hope-for-Bammy-a-fund-raiser-482645745231985/

    I didn’t know Ashley quit…I bet it was because Buddy hired Paul. If you remember, she and Paul (Next Great Baker) did not get along at all. Paul should have been let go…in my opinion anyway.

    Regarding remarks on this thread about Buddy being arrogant and not nice…I was raised by crazy, over emotional Italians and they can come across as not nice and well, crazy! But it’s their nature. They are just over emotional people. Did he bully Anthony…I bet it was theatrics and staged. Italians are not bullies…they are incredibly loveable people.

    I wish he would posts more updates about his mom…I wish her well and hope she isn’t suffering.

  33. ALS is a male-linked disease. I have said from day 1 she was misdiagnosed, but I still hope she isn’t suffering with whatever neuromuscular problem she has.

    With regard to Anthony leaving…Italians can be pretty wild and crazy. I left home when I was 16 because I couldn’t handle it. Like they say, “If you can’t handle the heat, get out of the kitchen”. I guess he did.

  34. Generally though, ALS occurs in greater percentages as men and women grow older. ALS is 20% more common in men than in women. However with increasing age, the incidence of ALS is more equal between men and women. http://www.alsa.org/about-als/who-gets-als.html.

    Sadly ALS effects men AND women. In Mary’s case I pray her doctors have done all possible testing necessary for this diagnosis. Prayers for the whole family as they battle this together.

  35. I live in Kansas. I watch the cake boss all the time. Today I got a brochure from Providence Medical Center about deep brain stimulation for people with Parkinson’s disease. I was wondering how is buddy’s mother is and was thinking if they were still trying to find treatments for her, for more information about deep brain stimulation or Providence Medical Group neurosurgery call 913 955-3300. I wish I could send you the whole page, but I’m not very good at copying and all that other stuff. It wouldn’t hurt for them to call this doctor Joshua clump MD neurosurgeon.

  36. If it is true that Buddy and the other guys set Anthony up on a date with a transgendered woman, I don’t blame Anthony for leaving. True, he should have done it by putting his resignation in writing but maybe he didn’t want the whole thing dramatized on TV, and maybe he didn’t like being made a fool of! I like Cake Boss but I think that they went way too far with that prank.

  37. I am Babes a South African l love the Cake Boss programme on TV l almost watch everyday how is your mom l , Buddy all the families are rotten nobody must captalised about yours and people must stop judging they must focus on their own issues so Buddy keep it up we South Africans love you xxxxxxxx

  38. I think it was not nice what he did to leave buddy not maney place have jobs buddy was nice to him and so was the rest of the bakers joey trained him as well

  39. Hi, my name is Nicky and i live in New Zealand. I love Cake Boss and Buddy is awesome. I cannot work due to constant vertigo and felt lost as to what I could do with my life and thanks to watching Buddy and his awesome show I am now starting to learn about cake decorating which i practise daily, its great therapy. Even at 48 years old. I love the closeness of Buddies family and his beautiful loving Mother, God Bless her soul. My prayers are with her. Thank you for everything Buddy and thank you to all your family.

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