TV star and famed celebrity chef Mario Batali stepped down from multiple television and professional roles on Monday, saying he was “deeply sorry” after repeated allegations of sexual misconduct swirled around the world-renowned restauranteur.
According to USA Today, Batali decided to “step away” from his role as co-host of ABC’s ‘The Chew’ after multiple women accused the chef of “inappropriate touching” and a “pattern” of misconduct that “spans at least two decades.”
Batali released a statement on Monday regarding his decision, saying he was “deeply sorry” to the women affected by his actions.
“I apologize to the people I have mistreated and hurt,” read the statement. “That behavior was wrong and there are no excuses. I take full responsibility and am deeply sorry for any pain, humiliation or discomfort I have caused to my peers, employees, customers, friends and family.”
“We built these restaurants so that our guests could have fun and indulge, but I took that too far in my own behavior,” he added. “I won’t make that mistake again.”
Batali is the latest high-profile celebrity or politician forced to step down amid rampant allegations of sexual assault.
Last week, Senator Al Franken resigned from Congress after multiple women accused the liberal lawmaker of “forcibly kissing” or groping them.