The network launched a several-days-long investigation into potential misconduct by the co-host while on the show; nothing surfaced, but that's sort of beside the point, ABC says.
Batali then said he would "work every day to regain" the respect and trust of his fans, signed the letter with his initials, then ended the email with a recipe recommendation. Batali admitted his behavior and first apologized in a statement Monday.
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"That behaviour was wrong and there are no excuses".
According to the Eater piece, a woman who worked for Batali in the late 1990s told Eater he came up behind her in the dining room "put his hand on half of my butt and he squeezed it".
In his online newsletter, Batali acknowledged "many mistakes" and apologized for disappointing family, friends and fans. "Although the identities of most of the individuals mentioned in these stories have not been revealed to me, much of the behaviour described does, in fact, match up with ways I have acted", he admitted.
I know my actions have disappointed many people. "I take full responsibility", he wrote. "Without the support of all of you ― my fans ― I would never have a forum in which to expound on this", he continued.