ABC pulls 'Great American Baking Show' amid harassment claims against judge

Brunilde Fioravanti
Dicembre 14, 2017

The network has pulled the remainder of the third season of "The Great American Baking Show" in the wake of sexual harassment allegations against judge Johnny Iuzzini.

ABC announced on Wednesday that it'll be pulling the remaining Great American Baking Show episodes from its schedule in response to sexual misconduct allegations against Johnny Iuzzini, reports Variety. 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.

The spokesperson added that accusations against Iuzzini violated the company's standards of conduct, and that it would announce the victor of the season at some point in the future.

James Beard Award-winning pastry chef and cookbook author Johnny Iuzzini has been with the show since its inception in 2015. Instead, episodes of The Great Christmas Light Fight and CMA Country Christmas will take its place this week and next.

Claims against Iuzzini first surfaced days after Thanksgiving when Mic posted a story in which four former employees described allegations of sexual harassment and abuse while working under Iuzzini at a NY restaurant between 2009 and 2011. One alleged that he stuck his tongue in her ear multiple times, according to Mic. They also say that he would routinely "stand behind you really closely and breathe on your neck".

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