According to reports, Michael Symon, Clinton Kelly, and Carla Hall are not expecting ABC to hire any new hosts for the set of the reality series, “The Chew.” Mario Batali, the infamous chef, found himself in serious trouble in the wake of the #MeToo allegations, as Batali was subjected to accusations himself.
Reports came out that four women accused Mario of sexual impropriety and misconduct, and because of those charges, ABC had no choice but to get rid of him.
As you may know, the allegations against Mario were just one of many to come out last year, with the Harvey Weinstein case leading to the cascade of accusations against men across several industries, but notably, Hollywood.
It all kicked off after the New York Times and The New Yorker published several investigative reports dealing with Harvey’s transgressions. To make matters worse, both publications said they had been sitting on the allegations for over ten years.
In the same fashion, ABC conducted an investigation and decided to let Mario go. And in an interview with Us Weekly, Hall, 54, said that Mario “is good,” indirectly confirming she still speaks to him sometimes.
Furthermore, the host explained things have been good since he left. On their show back in December 2017, the hosts, including Symon, Hall, and Kelly, said they take all of the allegations super seriously.
All of the stars of “The Chew” said it’s important to them, as well as their viewers, to maintain a safe and stable working environment.
The network addressed the charges as well. In a statement, ABC said their commitment is always to entertain viewers as well as provide a hospitable working environment.