New Orleans public television station WYES will no longer air chef John Besh’s cooking shows, the station confirmed today.
“In view of the numerous serious allegations made against John Besh and the Besh Restaurant Group and Mr. Besh’s public statements, WYES will no longer air its productions featuring Mr. Besh,” station president and CEO Allan Pizzato said in a statement. “WYES would not want any viewers to think that broadcast of those programs represented condonation of actions of the type alleged.”
A newspaper investigation from NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune writer Brett Anderson published on Saturday documented allegations of sexual misconduct and harassment from the top down at Besh Restaurant Group. Earlier today, the company announced in an internal memo that John Besh “has decided to step down from all aspects of operations and to provide his full focus on this family.”
The chef produced two cooking shows with WYES. “John Besh’s New Orleans” is a 26-episode cooking series that first aired in 2011 and was based on the chef’s cookbook “My New Orleans.” A second series “Chef John Besh’s Family Table” was released in 2013. Its 26 episodes, all filmed at Besh’s home kitchen, were based on his cookbook “My Family Table,” which was aimed at family-style meal.
Since their initial broadcast, both cooking shows have continued to air on other stations through national distribution.
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