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Posted Friday 5/25/18 at 7:45PM EDT
Mario Batali's three Las Vegas restaurants to close
Las Vegas Sands Corp.'s decision to cut ties with Batali comes days after 60 Minutes delved into his sexual harassment scandal.
Posted Wednesday 5/23/18 at 7:10PM EDT
Did ABC cancel The Chew over low ratings or the Mario Batali sexual harassment scandal?
Since Batali's ouster last December, the daytime show hasn't seen a sharp ratings drop in female viewership. In fact, the number of female viewers in the 18-49 demo has been slightly up, according to The Wrap. Still, according to Page Six, ABC saw significant overall viewership loss after Batali's exit. ALSO: The Chew stars Clinton Kelly, Michael Symon and Carla Hall react to cancelation.
Posted Wednesday 5/23/18 at 2:17PM EDT
ABC cancels The Chew, replacing it with an afternoon edition of Good Morning America
ABC has opted to axe the daytime talk show after seven seasons and expand GMA to three hours every weekday. The show made headlines earlier this season when it fired co-host Mario Batali after he was accused of sexual misconduct by several women.
Posted Monday 5/21/18 at 1:08PM EDT
Mario Batali dropped by his business partners following new sexual assault allegations
B&B Hospitality Group released a statement reacting to Sunday's 60 Minutes story on Batali, calling the new allegations "chilling and deeply disturbing."
Posted Monday 5/21/18 at 5:31AM EDT
Mario Batali reportedly under NYPD investigation for two separate sexual assault allegations
Anderson Cooper revealed at the end of his 60 Minutes story on Batali's sexual misconduct that the NYPD is investigating the former Food Network star for a sexual assault incident that allegedly took place at his New York City eatery The Spotted Pig in 2005. The accuser, a former Batali employee who appeared on 60 Minutes anonymously, said she joined Batali for a glass of wine, but she barely remembered what happened next. When she woke up in the morning, she says she found "deep scratches" on her leg and semen on her skirt. Meanwhile, TMZ reports the NYPD is investigating a second woman's allegation that Batali raped her in 2004 at Babbo, another of his New York City restaurants. TMZ reports the woman was a customer who went upstairs to use the bathroom at 2 a.m. The next thing she remembered is Batali allegedly on top of her. TMZ says the woman filed a police report in March of this year. Batali issued a statement to 60 Minutes denying the first allegation, saying: “I vehemently deny the allegation that I sexually assaulted this woman. My past behavior has been deeply inappropriate and I am sincerely remorseful for my actions. I am not attempting a professional comeback."
Posted Friday 5/18/18 at 11:54PM EDT
60 Minutes to tackle the Mario Batali sexual harassment scandal
On Sunday's episode of the CBS News magazine, Anderson Cooper interviews those who were “sexually harassed or assaulted” at one of the restaurants Batali co-owned.
Posted Wednesday 5/16/18 at 5:46PM EDT
The Chew won't replace Mario Batali
Carla Hall says she still keeps in touch with former co-host Batali, who is "doing fine" since he was fired from the ABC daytime show last December. Asked about replacing him, she says it's "not in the plans."
Posted Friday 4/20/18 at 10:50PM EDT
The "redemption narrative" seems inevitable for the powerful men sidelined by sexual misconduct
The recent spate of stories on sexual abusers like Louis CK, Mario Batali and Matt Lauer potentially staging comebacks are all part of the redemption arc, says Stassa Edwards. "There’s a certain tick-tock already baked in the redemption story; a sense that there are correct steps done in a thoughtful order to restore temporarily suspended careers," she says. "The first is to admit wrongdoing and apologize. CK issued an apology, as did Batali (Batali’s, done through his newsletter, even included a recipe for cinnamon rolls). The second is evidence that a man has made some sort of effort to change. This is usually in the form of thinking or listening, perhaps even a kind of soul-searching." Edwards notes that these redemption narratives don't ask difficult questions, nor do they make difficult demands. "It’s revealing that such self-reflection never results in the conclusion that men who have spent careers harassing and bullying should not return to those careers," she says. "They never reach the conclusion that their past actions have permanently degraded their authority as cultural arbiters. It’s telling that they demand not just forgiveness but the continued public support that an actor or chef or journalist requires with giving so little in return. But then they would have to question the very 'self,' and its true capacity for reflection, they value so dearly. The work of making amends is messy and long; there is no room for such things in these swift and tidy narratives."
- Anthony Bourdain's #MeToo advice for Alec Baldwin: "Just shut up"
- It's like there's a quota for needlessly sympathetic stories about odious men
- Of course these men expect to re-enter their careers as if nothing ever happened
- Sean Penn dines with Charlie Rose after writing a poem defending defending him against sexual misconduct allegations
Posted Wednesday 4/18/18 at 11:16PM EDT
Why it's too early to talk about a Louis CK comeback
With the recent news that Matt Lauer and Mario Batali are exploring potential comebacks, and The Hollywood Reporter publishing a story that many have read as sympathetic to Louis CK, feminst podcaster Sarah Lerner observed yesterday that we seem to have reached "the Sexual Predator Redemption Arc™️ phase" of the #metoo news cycle. In the Hollywood Reporter article, comedian Gilbert Gottfried is quoted as saying “there are different levels of misbehavior” and that Louis CK's sexual misconduct isn't comparable to Harvey Weinstein. To which Paste Magazine's Garrett Martin says: "Nobody needs to be asking what Louis CK can do to restore his career until women in comedy feel ready to let him try. Five months is not enough time to forgive his misuse of power or forget how he exploited women looking for career help for his own sexual satisfaction." ALSO: No one is saying ban Louis CK for life, but talking about his redemption after just five months makes his actions seem inconsequential.
Posted Wednesday 4/18/18 at 11:16PM EDT
Giada De Laurentiis on Mario Batali's sexual harassment scandal: "It doesn’t come as a huge shock"
“I did not have those exact experiences with him, but it doesn’t come as a huge shock,” she tells People of her close Food Network friend. “Anybody who’s ever hung out with Mario knows he’s a very charismatic person,” she continued. “We drink too much and sometimes … I’m not legitimizing it by any means. I know I’ve been through my own issues in this business. I think any woman in any business goes through stuff. It’s just sad, you know? It’s time, but it’s also sad. It’s a combo, and I think we all feel both.”
Posted Monday 4/09/18 at 1:45PM EDT
Jim Gaffigan said he avoided reading details about Mario Batali's sexual harassment scandal because "I love Mario"
“The generosity he showed to our family when my wife was in the hospital and when we went to his restaurant and she could only eat soup," the comedian tells The New York Daily News. “I read a little bit and I made a point of not reading too much because I like him and I know he’s really got a good soul and a good heart.”
Posted Monday 4/02/18 at 2:55PM EDT
Mario Batali is reportedly "eyeing his second act" four months after his sexual harassment scandal
The former Food Network and The Chew star has been sidelined since being accused of sexual harassment by several women in early December. But The New York Times reports that Batali has been talking to friends about whether he can make a comeback, at least in some capacity. "Mr. Batali, who has never been known for his patience, is asking that question — actively exploring when or whether he should begin his," reports The Times' Kim Severson. "Friends and associates say he is floating ideas, pondering timelines and examining whether there is a way for him to step back into his career, at least in some fashion." Severson, whom Batali turned down for an interview, also reports: "Mr. Batali is examining what he has called his blind spots and considering how life might look when he is not, as he told one person he consulted over the winter, 'the lead singer.' He told a colleague that he is simply trying to learn to be the wallpaper in the room and not the room itself. Nonetheless, Mr. Batali has sketched several scenarios that put him in the driver’s seat but cede some control, people he has spoken with recently say. One is creating a new company led by a powerful woman chief executive."
Posted Wednesday 1/24/18 at 11:32PM EST
Mario Batali restaurants are having trouble finding new employees following his sexual harassment scandal
The New York Daily News reports “job openings in the eateries made famous by the disgraced chef are still popping up all over Craigslist.”
Posted Thursday 1/18/18 at 9:48PM EST
Blogger who wrote about making Mario Batali’s sexual harassment apology cinnamon rolls says her Twitter account was hacked
“At first I thought the hack was unrelated to the post, which was perhaps naive,” says Geraldine DeRuiter, who adds that she's received hateful comments and attacks in response to her original post. “At the very least, the hack was a result of my account getting a lot of attention because of the post. At worst, it was a malicious attack. It appears that the hackers are quite young, and based on the DMs that were sent from my account, they get a kick out of taking over accounts and selling them.”
Posted Friday 1/12/18 at 5:54AM EST
What it was like to make Mario Batali’s sexual harassment apology cinnamon rolls
Having experienced workplace sexual harassment herself, blogger Geraldine DeRuiter decided to attempt Batali’s "half-baked" recipe. “If Batali was going to include a recipe for cinnamon rolls in his apology for sexual misconduct, then I was going to include stories of my personal experiences with sexual harassment and misogyny in a post about cinnamon rolls,” she says of the experience.