ABC has abruptly pulled the remaining episodes of the third season of competition series “The Great American Baking Show” after harassment allegations have surfaced involving judge Johnny Iuzzini.
“In light of allegations that recently came to our attention, ABC has ended its relationship with Johnny Iuzzini and will not be airing the remainder of “The Great American Baking Show” episodes,” said an ABC spokesperson in a statement. “ABC takes matters such as those described in the allegations very seriously and has come to the conclusion that they violate our standards of conduct. This season’s winner will be announced at a later date. Episodes of “The Great Christmas Light Fight” and “CMA Country Christmas” will take its place this week and next.”
Based on the U.K. format, The Great American Baking Show” just returned to the ABC schedule for a three-week run on Dec. 7. Last month, four former employees who worked with Iuzzini made allegations of harassment, according to Mic. In a statement, Iuzzini told the outlet, “I am shattered and heartbroken at the thought that any of my actions left members of my team feeling hurt or degraded. More importantly, I am deeply sorry to those who felt hurt.” More have spoken out since the original story, claims which Iuzzini told Mic are “simply untrue,” adding, “there is a difference between accepting responsibility for my immaturity and allowing false claims and accusations to be reported.”