Mario Batali has been fired from ABC’s “The Chew” in wake of the sexual misconduct allegations coming from multiple women.
Celebrity chef Mario Batali is dealing with his own sexual harassment stories, just as a number of celebrities who have been accused of assault and rape in the past couple of months. It all started with one person, Miramax mogul Harvey Weinstein but, as seen now, he was just the tip of the iceberg. Several other big names in the movie and music industry have fallen under the #metoo movement. Among them, we remind Russell Simmons, Dustin Hoffman, Kevin Spacey and now, more recently, Mario Batali, the owner of a restaurant empire and host of ABC’s “The Chew”.
A spokesperson for the television network has confirmed to ET that Batali, 57, has indeed been fired from the show, the reason being directly linked to the sexual misconduct allegations made by multiple women. “We have asked Mario Batali to step away from “The Chew” while we review the allegations that have just recently come to our attention”, the spokesperson said, adding that the plans for “Molto Mario”, have also been halted.
In a statement to Eater New York, Batali apologized for his conduct without denying the allegations. “I apologize to the people I have mistreated and hurt”, he said, adding that even though he does not know who his accusers are, the behavior described by them “in fact, match up with ways I have acted. That behavior was wrong and there are no excuses”. He also said that he takes “ful responsibility” and is “deeply sorry”, for the pain and humiliation he has caused.
Batali concluded: “The successes I have enjoyed are owned by everyone on my team. The failures are mine alone […] I will spend the next period of time trying to [regain respect and trust]”.
Four women ave accused Mario Batali of groping and grabbing them.