Mario Batali scandal: Celebrity chef fired by ABC's 'The Chew'

ABC has fired Mario Batali from its food-infused daytime talk show following an Eater New York blog post that detailed "habitual" sexual harassment and inappropriate touching by the celebrity chef.

"Upon completing its review into the allegations made against Mario Batali, ABC has terminated its relationship with him and he will no longer appear on The Chew," the network confirmed in a statement to USA TODAY. "While we remain unaware of any type of inappropriate behavior involving him and anyone affiliated with our show, 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 has not spoken publicly since Monday, when he stepped away from the show and operations at his Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group.

At the time, he issued a statement in which he conceded, "Much of the behavior described does, in fact, match up with ways I have acted. 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."

Batali has been part of The Chew since its debut in 2011 when it replaced longtime ABC soap All My Children. The show also features chefs Michael Symon and Carla Hall as well as Clinton Kelly (What Not To Wear).

ABC has not said whether it plans to replace Batali, 57, known for his omnipresent shorts and orange Crocs.

The Food Network had planned to relaunch his show Molto Mario next year but after the scandal broke, the network told the Associated Press the project would be put on hold.

Representatives for Batali did not immediately respond to USA TODAY's request for comment.

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Contributing: Associated Press

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