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

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

Season 3 of the series premiered last week.

Replaced: Paul joined the team stateside after GBBO in September following GBBO's Mary Berry's departure.

The women described being sexually harassed and even verbally abused by the inappropriate and temperamental executive pastry chef.

Last week, the third series of "The Great American Baking Show" began airing on ABC in the USA, with Paul Hollywood serving as a judge alongside Iuzzini. The second episode was slated to air Thursday night.

Iuzzini also issued a statement to CBS News, saying that he is "extremely disappointed and saddened" the show will not air as scheduled.

The US version of The Great British Bake Off has come to a halt after allegations of sexual misconduct were levelled at judge Jonny Iuzzini during his time as at the Jean-Georges restuarant in Trump International Hotel and Tower, New York.

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ABC has severed ties with "Great American Baking Show" judge Johnny Iuzzini after the pastry chef was accused of sexual misconduct.

"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 said. The only silver lining is that ABC has confirmed that the identity of the Season 3 victor will be announced at a later date. Instead, episodes of "The Great Christmas Light Fight" and "CMA Country Christmas" took its place.

"I am truly disheartened at the thought of anyone being hurt from my past actions", he said, according to Mic. 'However, there is a difference between accepting responsibility for my immaturity and allowing false claims and accusations to be reported'. At times, he allegedly touched female employees' rear ends with kitchen utensils in a suggestive manner. They also say that he would routinely "stand behind you really closely and breathe on your neck".

Iuzzini is one of two judges on the competition program, which is co-hosted by cookbook author and TV personality Ayesha Curry and former Penn State and NFL football player Anthony "Spice" Adams.

The food world continues to feel the repercussions of alleged sexual harassment on the part of chefs in any every aspect of the industry.