Mario Batali Gets Chewed by ‘The Chew’! Fired After Sexual Misconduct Allegations
Another case of sexual harassment brought into the light!
The action was official on December 15 after ABC's spokesperson released a statement via Facebook which clearly emphasized that Batali has been fired the show.
Batali was terminated from his show after a trail of several allegations of sexual misconduct came into the light as per reports on December 11.
Amongst a total of four women who accused Batali of his inappropriate behavior, an unnamed female chef disclosed that intoxicated Batali 'groped her breasts' after placing her a job offer. Two former female employees of Batali have accused him of 'grabbing and groping' them as well, and one of them claimed that Batali 'ordered' her to straddle him.
Another harassment victim said that Batali 'groped her breasts' at a party and at that time he was no longer his employee. According to a representative for Batali and Bastianich Hospitality Group, the first formal complaint against Batali came forth around October. However, Batali's acts have spanned at least two decades.
Batali released a statement of apology which said that the behavior which has been described matches to the way he has behaved.
“I apologize to the people I have mistreated and hurt. Although the identities of most of the individuals mentioned in these stories have not been revealed to me, much of the behavior described does, in fact, match up with ways I have acted. That behavior was wrong and there are no excuses. 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.”
He further added that he would not repeat his mistakes,
“I have work to do to try to regain the trust of those I have hurt and disappointed. For this reason, I am going to step away from day-to-day operations of my businesses. We built these restaurants so that our guests could have fun and indulge, but I took that too far in my own behavior. I won’t make that mistake again. I want any place I am associated with to feel comfortable and safe for the people who work or dine there.
“I know my actions have disappointed many people. The successes I have enjoyed are owned by everyone on my team. The failures are mine alone. 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. I will spend the next period of time trying to do that.”
Well, there's a certain hope that he will practice what he preaches!
Prior to allegations against Batali, countless headlines have come across regarding the revelation of inappropriate and acts of sexual harassment of several public figures including Movie Mogul, Harvey Weinstein, Bill O' Reilly and FOX business host, Charles Payne to name a few.