After allegations emerged against Mario Batali, ABC first suspended — and then eventually fired — the chef from its popular show, The Chew. For a while, it appeared the show might continue indefinitely with its co-hosts Carla Hall, Michael Symon, and Clinton Kelly, but ultimately, ABC canceled The Chew, and both hosts and fans were heartbroken. As the show wound down, Hall compared the somber experience to a "living funeral."
Happily, Hall has since made her reappearance on TV, much to fans' delight.
She's also got a new book coming out this month: Carla Hall's Soul Food: Everyday and Celebration. You might say she's doing just fine — and she doesn't personally remember Batali as a villain who destroyed her life.
According to an interview with The News & Observer, Hall shared that she has had some contact with Batali since the events unfolded, and reports that he’s working through his issues. But she also said that she didn't personally witness the treatment that led to his downfall.
“I didn’t have those experiences,” she told The News & Observer. “He was generous with his knowledge of the industry. I feel for the women who had to go through that. I believe them. It’s tough, when you know the person in a different environment.”
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