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ABC Pulls Great American Baking Show Over Sexual Misconduct Allegations Against Johnny Iuzzini

December 13, 2017 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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ABC has removed Great American Baking Show due to multiple allegations of sexual misconduct against Johnny Iuzzini. The pastry chef is a judge on the show and, per Variety, has been accused of sexual harassment and misconduct by several former employees at Jean-Georges, his New York restaurant.

According to the site, one woman claimed that Iuzzini stuck his tongue in her ear in three or four separate occasions. Another claimed that he would “suggestively touch female staffers on the buttocks” using kitchen utensils. A total of eight women have come forward with allegations against him.

“In light of allegations that recently came to our attention, ABC has ended its relationship with Johnny Iuzzini and will not be airing the remainder of The Great American Baking Show episodes,” ABC said in a statement. “ABC takes matters such as those described in the allegations very seriously and has come to the conclusion that they violate our standards of conduct. This season’s winner will be announced at a later date. Episodes of The Great Christmas Light Fight and CMA Country Christmas will take its place this week and next.”

The news comes after ABC removed Mario Batali from his co-host position on The Chew over sexual misconduct allegations.