Uber-chef, Mario Batali, one of the co-hosts of All My Children’s replacement, The Chew, commented in a new feature with New York Magazine that he is somehow shocked and surprised by the public and soap fan backlash which took the town of Pine Valley off the daytime television map!
Batali stated, “Dude, they are so mad at me. It’s as if I had chopped off Erica Kane’s head. They’re not happy, and they’re on the Twitter-sphere, and they’ve got beautiful vocabularies.” Batali even let out to the reporter that the soap fans attack him in person, too, calling the show The Spew.
The chef also says he tries to placate the fans by promising to bring Susan Lucci on as a guest, and explaining that, “It wasn’t a Mario Batali decision. It was an ABC-TV decision. I say, ‘I’m just a pawn in the game.’ ”
Does he really think bringing on Susan Lucci as a guest on The Chew is not somehow inappropriate?