News – “Mario Batali steps away from ‘The Chew’ and his restaurants after sexual misconduct allegations”

latimes.comCelebrity chef Mario Batali is stepping away from the TV show “The Chew” and the day-to-day operations of his restaurant empire after a report detailed sexual misconduct allegations from multiple women spanning at least two decades.

Batali did not deny the allegations against him, saying in a statement Monday that “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,” he said. “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.”

In the statement, he said he would work to “regain the trust of those I have hurt and disappointed,” and he apologized to those he “mistreated and hurt.”

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