ABC Cancels The Chew Amid Mario Batali Sexual Misconduct Allegations

The Chew’ cast begin their farewells after cancellation news

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After airing for seven seasons, the ABC weekday cooking show, "The Chew", is being canceled.

"While this is the right decision for our business, it is also bittersweet. For seven years "The Chew" has delighted audiences by delivering innovative food segments in an entertaining atmosphere", Ben Sherwood, president of Disney|ABC Television, says in a statement.

ABC is expanding "Good Morning America" to three hours, Page Six has learned. Which means "The Chew" will end production at the end of this season.

Mario Batali served as one of the show's co-hosts since its inception in 2011, until numerous women came forward with sexual misconduct allegations against the chef in December and he was asked to step aside.

Symon, the city's most famous chef, took to Facebook to express gratitude to the show's fans.

"The Chew" bows out after almost 1,500 episodes and multiple Emmys, including one for Symon, Hall, Kelly and original co-hosts Daphne Oz and Mario Batali. Hosts Carla Hall, Clinton Kelly, and Michael Symon brought their own unique blend of humor, tips, and of course, good food. Oz, who had two young children and was pregnant with a third when it was announced she was leaving the show, said, "I have had the great privilege of growing up at our family table".

A source tells Us that staffers were "completely blindsided" by the cancellation: "The staff is very close and many of them have summer trips planned over what they thought would be a temporary hiatus".

While some people never really cared for or watched The Chew, they are annoyed that Good Morning America is taking up yet another hour. Further details about the new show, including the title and anchors, have not been announced.

"Good Morning America" airs weekdays from 7 a.m.to 9 a.m. That will leave room for "The View" to stay in its late-morning spot and for affiliates' midday news and syndicated programming to stay in place.

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