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ABC pulls “Great American Baking Show” following allegations against series judge Johnny Iuzzini

ABC has pulled The Great American Baking Show from its schedule following allegations of sexual misconduct against Johnny Iuzzini, one of the show’s judges. In late November, news website Mic spoke with ...
December 14, 2017

ABC has pulled The Great American Baking Show from its schedule following allegations of sexual misconduct against Johnny Iuzzini, one of the show’s judges.

In late November, news website Mic spoke with four of Iuzzini’s former employees, who accused the pastry chef of sexual harassment and abuse.

“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,” said an ABC spokesperson, in a statement. “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.”

The competition show, adapted from the UK’s The Great British Bake Off, debuted its third season last week, with the second episode set to air Thursday evening (Dec. 21). ABC will air episodes of The Great Christmas Light Fight and CMA Christmas this week and next in its place.

Iuzzini has been a judge on all three seasons of Baking Show. Bake Off’s Paul Hollywood was also serving as a judge on the third season, alongside hosts Ayesha Curry and Anthony Adams.

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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