Mario Batali apologizes for his sexual assaults with a cinnamon roll recipe

Mario Batali Steps Away From Restaurant Empire Following Sexual Misconduct Allegations **FILE PHOTOS**

As we discussed last week, Mario Batali was “outed” in Sex Predatorgate 2017. Batali is well-known to foodies and viewers of food programming – he’s an Iron Chef, he owns several restaurants, he’s friends with Gwyneth Paltrow and, oh yeah, he was also a regular at The Spotted Pig’s third-floor “Rape Room.” Eater NY broke the Batali story: he was a serial sexual harasser and assailant, and several of his victims came forward to tell their stories of his boorish, criminal and disgusting behavior.

Immediately following Eater NY’s article, Batali issued a weird apology which seemingly confirmed some of the reporting. He also stepped away from his businesses and he got suspended from The Chew, the weekday food-based talk show. In the days that followed, The Chew formally fired his ass and claimed that they had no idea that he was a predator this whole time. What I didn’t know is that Batali apparently has some kind of email newsletter, and apparently he runs the editorial decisions by zero people. On Friday, he sent out this email:

When I first saw this, I thought it was a joke. Like, someone decided to do a parody apology using Batali’s masthead or something. This is not a joke. Batali honestly sent this out. It’s horrifying! If you actually sat there and read the accusations from Batali’s alleged victims, they are no laughing matter – he came across as a disgusting pervert who routinely assaulted and harassed strangers and coworkers alike. It’s not like “oh, this is no big deal, I’m so sorry, blah blah blah btw yummers on these cinnamon rolls!” Read the room, you pig.

Mario Batali Steps Away From Restaurant Empire Following Sexual Misconduct Allegations **FILE PHOTOS**

Photos courtesy of Backgrid.

You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.

40 Responses to “Mario Batali apologizes for his sexual assaults with a cinnamon roll recipe”

Comments are Closed

We close comments on older posts to fight comment spam.

  1. Sullivan says:

    He even looks menacing. Why didn’t I see that before?

    • BorkBorkBork says:

      I agree. He was always a supercilious, greater-than-thou shrew on The Chew. He acted like showing up there was a favor to everyone involved.

  2. Milla says:

    Men mocking victims.

  3. Lilith says:


  4. Singtress says:

    Oh. Cinnamon rolls? Well, that makes everything ok than.
    *. Set oven to 350
    * let nearby stranger hold boobs
    * let bake 30 minutes.

    (The title of this thread is perfection)

    • Bettyrose says:

      Can’t find it now, but saw one awkwardly worded headline yesterday that suggested sexual impropriety with said cinammon rolls.

    • Liberty says:

      @Singstress – ha!! Perfect.

      And yes, look at that angry menacing Clive, will you? His “sorry but eh, moving on” wording and look…gah. Great photo pick.

  5. Jag says:


  6. my3cents says:

    I’m still waiting for the risotto rape recipe, no holiday complete without..

  7. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    I’m so very upset you’re a predator Batali but that recipe you posted? Changes everything dude. Cinnamon rolls are comfort food and such the perfect remedy for sexual assault. Pour all your love into soft, sweet dough, and I get it. Once you manipulate a rising thick and malleable paste then spread with greasy emultions and raw, unrefined soluble carbohydrates, one can almost touch the chemosensory. When I see your image, I know you want me to think of your warm, ooey goodness and not a repulsive, splotchey, pasty marauding vulture.

  8. Wen says:

    And I just lost my appetite.

    Also, did you notice he apologized to everyone in the world except the victims?

    • Esmom says:

      Yes and yes. I’m honestly flabbergasted, didn’t think that was possible anymore.

    • Pumpkin (formally soup, pie) says:

      I noticed that too. PoS.

    • MC2 says:

      Yep- 1st thing that stood out. We see who these men are.

    • Seraphina says:

      Wen, great catch. What a slime. And that ending to his apology. That wasn’t an apology. He needs to some Roman Catholic repentance. Flogging himself comes to mind.

    • Amy says:

      I was about to comment that too. What a disgusting man who obviously doesn’t get it and is just saying some words with no thought or feeling behind them. I hope that 99% of his email subscribers unsubscribe after this pathetic and horrible excuse for an apology. The damage he’s done is not primarily to his friends, family, team, and reputation, it’s to the women he assaulted and harassed. How does he not get that?

  9. Sparkly says:

    Wow, what an ass.

  10. LadyT says:

    Is he married? I see a wedding band.

  11. Harryg says:

    I’m… just speechless. Is he insane?

  12. yellow belly says:

    Its true.
    I only needed two poorly worded apologies to get back to normal and forgive and forget.

    This perfectly shows the mental process of a predator. He was called out and forced to apologize, so he did. But for him It’s such a small deal, it didn’t matter at all, so he assumes he can go back to business as usual.

    That’s how casually men like Batali assault and harass women. And how little they think of their pain. They think it can be wiped away and forgiven for pizza dough cinnamon bun recipes.

  13. Chaine says:

    Congrats on color coordinating your scarf with your crocks, dude. Now leave.

  14. AssViolator says:

    Crocs are the devil’s creation

    • BorkBorkBork says:

      Nope. They’re great if you have rheumatoid arthritis, like me. Has nothing to do with sexual predatori-ness.
      Actually, from my experience, Crocs have nothing to do AT ALL with sex. So, there.

  15. DSW says:

    “Sorry about all that sexual assault. Here’s a dessert covered with [my] creamy, white glaze”

  16. Roo says:

    He legitimately looks like a troll that lives under a bridge who creeps out to ask you the password.

  17. Jaded says:

    Funny how his good friend Goop hasn’t piped up…

  18. MickeyM says:


  19. Adrien says:

    Anthony Bourdain has heard rumors of Mario’s behavior for years yet he chose to harshly criticize low hanging fruit, Guy Fieri. For why? Because he wore shirts with flames on it? He renamed aoili donkey sauce?

  20. EponineSong says:

    This would have been hilarious except that it’s not