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'Great American Baking Show' pulled amid Johnny Iuzzini allegations

"While I understand ABC felt pressured to make this difficult decision, I am extremely disappointed and saddened that the show will not continue to air as scheduled," Iuzzini said in a statement to CNN on Thursday.

Iuzzini apologized in his statement for what he described as "some unprofessional behavior 8-10 years ago," before adding "the Sexual Harassment Allegations and many other reports against me were sensationalized and simply not true."

"My friends, family and those close to me can attest that over the last several years I have worked hard on improving myself and made many positive contributions to the industry in which I dedicated my life," Iuzzini said.

Celebrity chef Mario Batali stepped away from his restaurant business and his co-hosting gig with the ABC television show "The Chew" on Monday, following allegations of sexual misconduct.

In response to the story, Iuzzini characterized the accusations as "inaccurate" and expressed regrets that the women "did not feel comfortable coming to me as their superior and letting me know how they felt."


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