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Mario Batali kicked off ABC amid misconduct allegations

In this Wednesday, April 20, 2016 photo, Mario Batali attends an awards dinner in New York. (Andy Kropa / Associated Press)
In this Wednesday, April 20, 2016 photo, Mario Batali attends an awards dinner in New York. (Andy Kropa / Associated Press)
By Mark Kennedy Associated Press

NEW YORK – Celebrity chef Mario Batali has been kicked off ABC’s “The Chew” amid allegations from several women that he touched them inappropriately.

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, a Seattle native, 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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