Mario Batali kicked off ‘The Chew’ amid misconduct allegations

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NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 27: Chef/TV personality Mario Batali attends the “Latin History For Morons” opening night celebration at The Public Theater on March 27, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

(News4Utah) – Celebrity chef Mario Batali was fired ABC’s “The Chew” amid allegations from several women that he touched them inappropriately.

“Upon completing its review into the allegations made against Mario Batali, ABC has terminated its relationship and he will no longer appear on “The Chew,” said an ABC spokesperson in statement released Thursday.

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

Batali apologized in a statement Monday after a report was published on the restaurant news website, Eater.

He said “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.”

Batali, who has appeared on “The Chew” since debuted six years ago, has involvement in several restaurants in a handful of cities.

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