In light of the sexual assault allegations against chef Mario Batali and his subsequent firing in December 2017, ABC has issued a statement about whether or not the network will replace the celeb chef on The Chew, which he'd hosted since 2011. But it's not exactly definitive. “There are no plans at this time to announce another host, but that could change in the future,” a source for The Chew told Page Six. Now that that's all cleared up…
The Chew co-host Carla Hall also told Us Weekly that she, Michael Symon, and Clinton Kelly will still be full-time hosts. “We’re having a good time. We had Carol Burnett on the show. We had the cast of Life of the Party with Melissa McCarthy and Matt Walsh, and yeah. So, we’re having a great time,” she said.
Multiple women accused Mario last year of groping them, and according to Eater, it was a pattern spanning two decades. Three of the accusers had been Mario's employees at some point in their careers.
Before he was fired, Mario baffled detractors (and probably supporters!) when he issued an apology through his newsletter — ending his apology with an incongruous cinnamon roll recipe, as reported by the Huffington Post.
“I have made many mistakes and I am so very sorry that I have disappointed my friends, my family, my fans and my team," Mario wrote at the time. "My behavior was wrong and there are no excuses. I take full responsibility… Without the support of all of you ― my fans ― I would never have a forum in which to expound on this. I will work every day to regain your respect and trust. P.S. In case you’re searching for a holiday-inspired breakfast, these Pizza Dough Cinnamon Rolls are a fan favorite.”
Cinnamon rolls may be a cure-all to the famed foodie, but there are serious things delicious food cannot fix. Mario was fired shortly thereafter.