“The Chew” won’t permanently replace disgraced chef Mario Batali — for now, at least.
Co-host Carla Hall told Us Weekly on Tuesday that replacing Batali following numerous sexual harassment allegations is “not in the plans.” Instead, Hall, Michael Symon and Clinton Kelly will remain in the full-time hosting seats.
But a rep for the talk show told us on Wednesday that execs could change their minds in the future.
“There are no plans at this time to announce another host, but that could change in the future,” a rep for “The Chew” told Page Six.
“The Chew” announced on its Facebook page in December that the show had cut ties with Batali and denied knowing about any of his alleged inappropriate behavior.
“While we remain unaware of any type of inappropriate behavior involving him and anyone affiliated with our show,” the network’s statement read, “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.”
Batali also removed himself from his restaurant empire’s day-to-day operations.
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