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ABC Drops Mario Batali Amid Misconduct Allegations

ABC has decided to drop Mario Batali from ABC has decided to drop Mario Batali from "The Chew" amid misconduct allegations. |  Photo: Copyright 2017 ABC Inc./Paula Lobo

MARK KENNEDY, AP Entertainment Writer
December 15, 2017 10:36 AM

NEW YORK (AP) - Celebrity chef Mario Batali has been kicked off ABC's "The Chew" amid allegations from several women that he touched them inappropriately.

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ABC said that while it was not aware of any inappropriate behavior involving him and the show, the network says "we are committed to a safe work environment and his past behavior violates our standards of conduct."

Batali apologized in a statement Monday, and said that "much of the behavior described does, in fact, match up with ways I have acted." His representative did not return a message seeking comment Friday.

Batali, who has appeared on "The Chew" since its debut six years ago, oversees several restaurants in a handful of cities. The Food Network had planned to relaunch his show "Molto Mario" next year, but said Monday it would be put on hold.


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MARK KENNEDY, AP Entertainment Writer

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