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ABC pulls 'Great American Baking Show' after harassment claims against judge
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THE GREAT AMERICAN BAKING SHOW - Cake and Morning Treats Week - On your marks, get set, bake! As part of 25 Days of Christmas, the most festive and friendliest competition on television is back when season three of The Great American Baking Show (formerly The Great Holiday Baking Show) premieres with slices of cake and delicious morning treats, THURSDAY, DEC. 7 (9:00-11:00 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network. (ABC/Mark Bourdillion) BRYAN MCKINNON - photo by Herb Scribner
ABC has decided to pull the third season of its hit show The Great American Baking Show after allegations against judge Johnny Iuzzini accuse him of harassment, according to Entertainment Weekly.

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. 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 seasons winner will be announced at a later date. Episodes of The Great Christmas Light Fight and CMA Country Christmas' will take its place this week and next.

Four employees who worked with Iuzzini made sexual harassment allegations against last month. Iuzzini addressed the allegations in an interview with Mic.

I am shattered and heartbroken at the thought that any of my actions left members of my team feeling hurt or degraded. More importantly, I am deeply sorry to those who felt hurt, he said.

The allegations come at a time when powerful men in Hollywood are being outed for sexual assault and harassment allegations. Major names such as Harvey Weinstein, Matt Lauer and Charlie Rose have been accused of harassment and sexual assault.

"The Great American Baking Show" first returned to ABC on Dec. 7 for a planned three-week run.

The shows first two episodes featured Highland native Bryan McKinnon, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Deseret News reported last week.

McKinnon spoke with judges Paul Hollywood and Iuzzini during the shows first episode, according to the Deseret News.

McKinnon said that being on the show reminded her that as important as her role as a mother is, she also needs an identity apart from her children.

"You chose a great calling, being a moms the best, but youre also a person, too. I wanted to represent that youre not throwing your life away. Its a choice I made and its probably the best choice Ive ever made," she said. I just feel like its so important for moms to know that you need an identity past being a mom. I feel like I want to shout that to the world."
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