After decades of unchecked sexual harassment came to light last week, Mario Batali has been shit-canned from his job at The Chew, The Food Network has pumped the brakes on a planned Malto Mario reboot, and according to The Washington Post, Mario has stepped down from day to day operations at 26 restaurants he co-owns. You would think Mario would take all that as a clear indication that nobody wants to see or hear from his ass, but apparently he still thought it would be a good idea to continue to pen the email newsletter for his empire. I bet he still thinks people want him to play Santa at the company holiday party too.
Mario has already publicly apologized for his behavior, but he decided to apologize again in his latest newsletter. And he’s taking a lot of heat for his decision to tack on a recipe for cinnamon rolls. Here’s what Mario had to say:
“As many of you know, this week there has been some news coverage about some of my past behavior.
I have made many mistakes and I am so very sorry that I have disappointed my friends, my family, my fans and my team. My behavior was wrong and there are no excuses. I take full responsibility.
Sharing the joys of Italian food, tradition and hospitality with all of you, each week, is an honor and privilege. Without the support of all of you — my fans — I would never have a forum in which to expound on this.
I will work every day to regain your respect and trust.
Ps. in case you’re searching for a holiday-inspired breakfast, these Pizza Dough Cinnamon Rolls are a fan favorite.”
Post post script: I made the icing myself *WINK WINK*. He didn’t actually write that, thank god.
As you might have guessed, this didn’t go over too well with folks. In any other circumstance, I would appreciate a delicious home-baked treat to go with an apology. If a friend says “I’m sorry” with a plate of delicious cookies, I am definitely open to hearing them tell me how wrong they were. But if I have to make it myself? And the recipe for said treat is casually Ps-ed onto the end of an apology for years of groping and grossness? Get the fuck out of here. That’s some horseshit right there.