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Mario Batali Exits ABC’s ‘The Chew’ Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations

At Least Four Women Have Stepped Forward Against the Celebrity Chef and Talk Show Host

Celebrity chef and restaurateur Mario Batali has abruptly exited as co-host of ABC’s daytime talk/food/lifestyle series “The Chew” following sexual harassment allegations from at least four women, three of whom worked for Batali.
 
Batali was reprimanded for inappropriate behavior in the workplace as recently as two months ago. According to a spokesperson for Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group — the restaurant-management services company that provides support to around 24 restaurants owned by, among others, Batali and Joe Bastianich — in October 2017, a B&B restaurant employee officially reported inappropriate behavior by Batali to the company. It was the first formal complaint about Batali, who was reprimanded and required to undergo training, according to the company.

In a prepared statement sent to The Associated Press, Batali said that the complaints “match up” with his past behavior.

“I take full responsibility and am deeply sorry for any pain, humiliation or discomfort I have caused to my peers, employees, customers, friends and family,” Batali said.

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of the “Mr. Television” for Campaign US (www.campaignlive.com). Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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  1. Yes, get rid of this Garbage and bring back ALL MY CHILDREN and ONE LIFE TO LIVE. He always looked like a slime BAG. I wonder will the other 3 idiots talk about it on the air or push it under the mat.