Earlier this week, the network decided to cancel the rest of The Great American Baking Show after allegations against judge Johnny Iuzzini dating back to his time in the restaurant industry. Today, however, ABC has decided to still air the end of The Great Christmas Light Fight on Monday following allegations against ones of its own judges in Carter Oosterhouse. In a new Hollywood Reporter story Oosterhouse’s former makeup artist Kailey Kaminsky claims that she was forced into a sexual relationship and a number of encounters by her boss; he has denied the nature of the accusations, claiming that the relationship was consensual and she was the one who first initiated the contact.
Here is a part of the statement that he gave to the aforementioned publication:
“I had an intimate relationship with Kailey 9 years ago and it was 100% mutual and consensual. In no way did I ever feel, nor was it ever indicated to me, that Kailey was uncomfortable during our intimate relationship. I would have never done anything that I was not sure was mutually agreeable.”
A rep for ABC had the following to say about the decision to People:
“The finale, which was taped earlier this year, will air as scheduled on Monday evening … [We have] no further information to share at this time.”
So why pull episodes of one show only to keep the other on the air? Much of that may be due to the end of The Great Christmas Light Fight being one episode away from the end, whereas The Great American Baking Show had multiple episodes still to go in its run. Nonetheless, this decision will likely remain controversial for some who are out there.
At this point, networks have to prepare to make even more decisions — there are more names likely to come forward in the weeks and months ahead as the #MeToo movement continues to spread. To date we’ve seen many within the television industry facing accusations, whether it be writers, producers, actors, or executives. Once there is more news to report, we will have it for you here.
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