ABC Pulls GREAT AMERICAN BAKING SHOW Following Allegations Against Judge Johnny Iuzzini
Last night, ABC announced that it has pulled the remaining two episodes of the sophomore season of THE GREAT AMERICAN BAKING SHOW, after Mic published allegations from eight women against the show's celebrity judge Johnny Iuzzini (at left in photo).Back in November, four former employees who worked under Iuzzini at New York's Jean-Georges restaurant spoke to Mic about allegations of sexual abuse and harassment. Iuzzini has denied several of the allegations, saying in a statement, "Many of the other allegations are inaccurate, others I do not recall and none were meant to hurt people," he said in a statement.
On Tuesday, Mic published allegations of physical threats and sexual misconduct from four additional women who worked with or under Iuzzini at Jean-Georges. The alleged incidents occurred between 2004 to 2014.In a statement sent out Wednesday, an ABC spokesperson explained, "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 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."
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