ABC fires Mario Batali from 'The Chew' following sexual misconduct allegations

Calvin Saunders
December 17, 2017

"I take full responsibility", the statement reads. Eater's report included four accounts of women who claimed that Batali "touched them inappropriately in a pattern of behavior that appears to span at least two decades".

The apology, which included a link to the recipe on Batali's web site, was met with shock and derision online.

A 30 for 30 on how Mario Batali came to the decision that posting a cinnamon roll recipe with an apology responding to sexual harassment allegations was a good idea. To the people who have been at my side during this time - my family, my partners, my employees, my friends, my fans - I am grateful for your support and hopeful that I can regain your respect and trust.

Allison Castellano tweeted, "I didn't think it was possible for anyone to give a worse apology than Harvey Weinstein, but Mario Batali managed it".

Representatives for Batali did not immediately respond to USA TODAY's request for comment.

In interviews, the women described incidents involving groping, unwanted touching and sexual innuendo both in and out of the workplace.

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MB: Yeah, let's go with that.

The Batali and Bastianich Hospitality Group, a collection of restaurants, told CNNMoney this week that Batali stepped away from company operations.

Eataly, an Italian restaurant chain that owned by Batali, Bastianich, and famed culinary chef Lidia Bastianich, has already removed several of Batali's products from its facilities.

Friday's email wasn't his first public apology.

Batali has been off the show since Monday after allegations were published on the website Eater New York. "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", he admitted. Batali's termination will leave the ABC Daytime show with only three of its original co-hosts: Clinton Kelly, Carla Hall, and Michael Symon.

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