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ABC pulls The Great American Baking Show in wake of harassment claims against judge Johnny Iuzzini

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Variety reports that The Great American Baking Show—ABC’s answer to the British culinary hit—is being pulled off the air, after fielding sexual harassment claims against judge Johnny Iuzzini. The claims against the well-known pastry chef came to light late last month, just a few days before the series aired its third-season premiere; the show’s second episode was set to broadcast this Thursday.

Eight of Iuzzini’s employees have come forward at this point, accusing the chef of sexually harassing and abusing them while they worked in his restaurants. Reported behaviors include touching women on the backside with kitchen implements, and repeatedly sticking his tongue in a woman’s ear.


Iuzzini has been with the show since it was revived on ABC, originally as The Great Holiday Baking Show, after a short stint (under a different name) on CBS. He previously appeared opposite original Great British Bake Off judge Mary Berry, and was working this season with the British series’ Paul Hollywood.

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