(USA Today) - The Great American Baking Show and Johnny Iuzzini will no longer be part of ABC's winter recipe of programming following allegations of sexual harassment facing the competition show judge.
ABC has decided not to air remaining episodes of the series and cut ties with the chef. The third season of The Great American Baking Show recently premiered on ABC Dec. 7.
"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," a spokesperson for the network said in a statement issued to USA TODAY Thursday. "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.”
In November, Mic published a report with accusations of sexual harassment from four female former employees of fine-dining restaurant Jean-Georges who reported to Iuzzini, 43, between 2009 to 2011. The women wished to withhold their identities.
The women accused Iuzzini of repeatedly putting tongues in an accuser's ear and demanding shoulder rubs. According to Mic, one accuser says Iuzzini "had a habit of touching female employees’ rear ends with items in the kitchen — knives, long vegetables and spoons — in a suggestive manner."
In a statement to Mic, Iuzzini described many of the allegations as inaccurate and said "none were meant to hurt people."
On Tuesday, Mic published a follow-up piece with accounts from four additional women accusing him of inappropriate behavior. Iuzzini told the outlet these claims were false.
Reps for Iuzzini did not immediately return USA TODAY's request for comment.
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