Mario Batali fired from 'The Chew' amid harassment allegations

Mario Batali Sexual Harassment Fired The Chef

ABC has fired Mario Batali from its food-infused daytime talk show following an Eater New York blog post that detailed "habitual" sexual harassment and inappropriate touching by the celebrity chef.

"Upon completing its review into the allegations made against Mario Batali, ABC has terminated its relationship with him and he will no longer appear on 'The Chew, '" the network said.

SFGATE's request for comment from Batali's camp was not immediately returned.

Since the allegations surfaced, ABC has taken swift action to rid of Batali's presence from the network with photos of chef already removed from "The Chew's" social media pages and ABC's press site.

"I worked at Del Posto [his fanciest restaurant in NYC] and can confirm that not only was Mario Batali very handsy, they would often serve us pasta with cut up hot dogs as family meal".

On Monday, Eater reported that four women had alleged the high-profile chef and restaurant owner touched them inappropriately, a behavioral pattern that spanned at least 20 years.

Its restaurants include the flagship Babbo Ristorante e Enoteca in Greenwich Village, as well as Lupa, Esca, Casa Mono, Tarry Lodge, and Del Posto - the only four star Italian restaurant in NY.

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Batali's worldwide hospitality group includes 10 restaurants in NY, four in Las Vegas, four in California, two in CT and two in Singapore.

Batali has stepped back from the day-to-day operation of his culinary empire, which includes dozens of restaurants.

"I apologize to the people I have mistreated and hurt".

The formal complaint that triggered the reprimand was reportedly the first one to officially emerge from an employee. Although the identities of most of the individuals mentioned in these stories have not been revealed to me, much of the behaviour described does, in fact, match up with ways I have acted.

Iuzzini, 43, said the allegations are false and issued a statement saying he was upset at ABC's decision to pull the remaining episodes of The Great American Baking Show.

"That behaviour was wrong and there are no excuses".

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