Mario Batali Fired From The Chew Amid Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Danny Woods
December 17, 2017

Friedman said some incidents were not as described, but apologised and admitted his behaviour "can accurately be described at times as abrasive, rude and frankly wrong".

Celebrity chef Mario Batali recently withdrew from business following sexual harassment allegations against him by several women.

Batali, a Seattle native was accused of making crass come-ons, kissing and groping an unconscious woman at the Spotted Pig, berating his employees, and touching other women without their consent.

MB: Yeah, let's go with that. Batali will no longer be a part of the hit show The Chew. Three of the accusers worked under the celebrity chef.

"I apologise to the people I have mistreated and hurt". Immediately following the report, ABC said in a statement: "We have asked Mario Batali to step away from The Chew while we review the allegations that have just recently come to our attention".

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At the time, he issued a statement in which he conceded, "Much of the behavior described does, in fact, match up with ways I have acted".

"I have made many mistakes and I am so very sorry that I have disappointed my friends, my family, my fans and my team".

Batali co-owns restaurants in New York City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Boston, Singapore, Westport, Connecticut and New Haven, Connecticut under Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group, which he founded in 1998 with restaurateurs Joe Bastianich and Lidia Bastianich.

He has also been kicked off ABC'S "The Chew", while his products will be dropped by major retailers including Walmart and Target.

The Food Network had planned to relaunch his show Molto Mario next year but after the scandal broke, the network told the Associated Press the project would be put on hold. The show also features chefs Michael Symon and Carla Hall as well as Clinton Kelly (What Not To Wear).

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