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Mario Batali Apologizes for Past Behavior, Shares New Recipe at Same Time

Mario Batali is being criticized for the way he addressed his followers amid allegations of sexual harassment.

The 57-year-old celebrity chef, who was just fired from ABC’s The Chew and suspended from his restaurant empire, apologized to fans for his “past behavior.” But at the same time, he also shared a new recipe.

“As many of you know, this week there has been some news coverage about some of my past behavior,” Batali wrote in the email. “I have made many mistakes and I am so very sorry that I have disappointed my friends, my family, my fans and my team. My behavior was wrong and there are no excuses. I take full responsibility.”

“Sharing the joys of Italian food, tradition and hospitality with all of you, each week, is an honor and privilege. 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,” he added.

After signing off, Mario added, “p.s. in case you’re searching for a holiday-inspired breakfast, these Pizza Dough Cinnamon Rolls are a fan favorite.”

Mario Batali Fired From 'The Chew' Amid Sexual Assault Allegations

Mario Batali is no longer a co-host of ABC’s The Chew.

After being asked to leave the show during an investigation, the 57-year-old celebrity chef has now been fired in the wake of sexual harassment and assault allegations.

“Upon completing its review into the allegations made against Mario Batali, ABC has terminated its relationship with him and he will no longer appear on The Chew. While we remain unaware of any type of inappropriate behavior involving him and anyone affiliated with our show, ABC takes matters like this very seriously as we are committed to a safe work environment and his past behavior violates our standards of conduct,” the network confirmed on Friday (December 15).

Mario has been accused by eight women, with claims ranging from unwanted sexual advances to groping.

“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,” Mario said in a statement earlier in the week.

Celebrity Chef Mario Batali Leaves 'The Chew' Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations

Mario Batali has been accused of sexual harassment by four women.

The celebrity chef and co-host of ABC’s The Chew has been asked to leave the show while an investigation takes place.

“We have asked Mario Batali to step away from The Chew while we review the allegations that have just recently come to our attention,” a spokeswoman for ABC said in a statement. “ABC takes matters like this very seriously as we are committed to a safe work environment. While we are unaware of any type of inappropriate behavior involving him and anyone affiliated with the show, we will swiftly address any alleged violations of our standards of conduct.”

The Eater published an expose detailing the allegations, which include two decades of “inappropriate touching.”

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Watch Liam Payne, Ashton Kutcher, & Vanessa Hudgens Eat Gross Food on 'Fallon Tonight' (Video)

Some of our favorite celebs got together for an interesting game of “Secret Ingredient” on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday night (June 21) in New York City.

Ashton Kutcher, Vanessa Hudgens, and Liam Payne all joined host Jimmy Fallon as they tried to guess the random ingredient thrown into a dish created by chef Mario Batali.

Some of the plates sounded pretty gross with anchovies, corn chips, and marshmallow fluff added in.

Watch below to see which celeb does the best guessing!


Ashton, Vanessa, & Liam Play “Secret Ingredient”

FYI: Vanessa is wearing Jennifer Fisher jewelry. Ashton is wearing a Salvatore Ferragamo suit.

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Hunger Games' Stanley Tucci & Wife Felicity Blunt Expecting First Child!

Stanley Tucci and his wife Felicity Blunt (sister of Emily Blunt) are expecting their first child together!

The 53-year-old The Hunger Games actor and his wife revealed the news at the Mario Batali Foundation Benefit Dinner at Del Posto Ristorante on Sunday (October 19) in New York City. Check out the photos of the expectant couple below!

“I’m very excited to be a dad. It’s incredible,” Stanley told Us Weekly. “I’m most excited to have a baby with Felicity and for the baby to be healthy.”

“The sex is of no concern to me,” he added. “The sex of the baby, that is.”

Congrats to the happy couple!

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