Published Dec 15, 2017Earlier this week, celebrity chef, restaurateur and TV personality Mario Batali took a step back from his empire following allegations of sexual misconduct. Now, ABC has officially cut ties with him and announced that he will no longer appear on daily daytime talk show The Chew.
"Upon completing its review into the allegations made against Mario Batali, ABC has terminated its relationship with him and he will no longer appear on The Chew," an ABC spokesperson said in a statement. "While we remain unaware of any type of inappropriate behaviour involving him and anyone affiliated with our show, ABC takes matters like this very seriously as we are committed to a safe work environment and his past behaviour violates our standards of conduct."
News of Batali's inappropriate behaviour broke when Eater published allegations from four women accusing the chef of sexual misconduct over at least the past two decades.
In interviews, the women described incidents involving groping, unwanted touching and sexual innuendo both in and out of the workplace.
Batali didn't deny the allegations, admitting that they "match up" with how he has behaved.
"That behaviour was wrong and there are no excuses," Batali told Eater. "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."
At the time of that statement, Batali said that he was going to "step away from day-to-day operations of my business."
His restaurant company B&B Hospitality Group has committed to implementing additional independent sexual harassment training, though at the time of the allegations Batali remained the owner of his restaurants.
Market chain Eataly USA, which Batali was a minority shareholder in, has since severed ties with the chef, removing all books and products bearing his name and likeness from their locations.
The Food Network, meanwhile, has put plans to revive the celebrity chef's show Molto Mario on hold.