A Baton Rouge native won the latest season of ABC’s “The Great American Baking Show,” but her victory won’t air on television as originally planned after sexual harassment allegations were made against one of the judges, according to a report.
Vallery Lomas won the third season of “The Great American Baking Show,” which premiered on Dec. 7. One week after its premiere, ABC decided to cancel the rest of the series after a report detailing sexual harassment allegations against Johnny Iuzzini, one of the show’s judges, People reported.
"Pie is my thing. I make a lot of pie, and I make really good pie," says Baton Rouge native Vallery Lomas.
The 32-year-old New York lawyer said in a Facebook Live video last week that although her run on the show won’t air as planned, she feels that it’s important for the issue of sexual harassment to come to light.
“I am glad we are taking a moment to galvanize around this issue,” Lomas said, according to People. “It was a small road bump and if that’s something that I and (the other contestants) have to shoulder so that we can stand around this issue then that’s something that we gladly bear.”
In October, four former employees accused Iuzzini of sexual harassment, People reported. Later, four others came forward with allegations of similar behavior.
In a statement at the time, Iuzzini said, “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.”
“The Great American Baking Show” announced that Lomas had won the season by posting a video on Facebook.