Anthony Bourdain feels 'guilty as f--k' over Mario Batali: 'I’ve been sitting on stories that were not mine to tell'

Anthony Bourdain is publicly processing the Mario Batali allegations with empathy, grief and a self-described guilty conscience.

"It's Batali. And it's bad," Bourdain tweeted on Monday morning as four women came forward to detail alleged sexual harassment and misconduct spanning decades.

After a female chef called the news "the most wonderful day of the year for those who have been hurt by Batali," Bourdain replied, "I wish that were true but in this case, I can assure you, from women talking to me with first hand stories, it’s not wonderful at all."

He continued, "I’ve been sitting on stories that were not mine to tell. And feeling sick and guilty as f--k I hadn’t heard them before."

It was Sunday evening when renowned chef Bourdain began hinting at bombshell news to come. The story hadn't yet been published, but rumors were already swirling: "According to three sources, a famous chef will be the subject of a story about allegations of sexual misconduct...likely out tomorrow," tweeted reporter Yashar Ali on Sunday night.

Around the same time, Bourdain tweeted, "No. Trust me. Monday is really gonna suck."

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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 25: Mario Batali attends Passion Play: How Jessica Alba and Mario Batali Created Multichannel Marvels during the Fast Company Innovation Festival at 92nd Street Y on October 25, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Fast Company)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 15: Chef Mario Batali attends 6th Annual Mario Batali Foundation Honors dinner at Del Posto on October 15, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 15: Chef Mario Batali attends 6th Annual Mario Batali Foundation Honors dinner at Del Posto on October 15, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 14: Chef Mario Batali and television Ayesha Curry during Family Ice Cream Fun-dae hosted by Mario Batali and Ayesha Curry at Private Park at Hudson on October 14, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images for NYCWFF)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 13: (L-R) Food and music writer Brooke Mazurek, musician Jarobi White, chef Mario Batali, and moderator Isabel Gonzalez-Whitaker, deputy editor of Billboard speak on the Chefs are Rock Stars and Rock Stars are Chefs panel at Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits of New York Trade Tasting presented by Beverage Media Group, during the Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival presented by Coca-Cola at Pier 94 on October 13, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for NYCWFF)
THE CHEW - The hosts of 'The Chew' broadcast from Disney's Epcot Center in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Yvette Nicole Brown is the guest on Friday, October 13th. 'The Chew' airs MONDAY - FRIDAY (1-2pm, ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Disney/Todd Anderson) MARIO BATALI, CLINTON KELLY
THE CHEW - The hosts of 'The Chew' broadcast from Disney's Epcot Center in Lake Buena Vista, Florida the week of October 9, 2017. 'The Chew' airs MONDAY - FRIDAY (1-2pm, ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Disney/Todd Anderson) MICHAEL SYMON, CARLA HALL, ISLA FISHER, CLINTON KELLY, MARIO BATALI
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0697 -- Pictured: (l-r) Chef Mario Batali during an interview with host Jimmy Fallon on June 21, 2017 -- (Photo by: Andrew Lipovsky/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 21: Chef Mario Batali and Susi Cahn are seen in NoHo on June 21, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by TheStewartofNY/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 20: Chef Mario Batali arrives at EAT (RED) Food & Film Fest! at Bryant Park on June 20, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for (Red))
THE CHEW - Larry the Cable Guy is the guest, Monday, June 19, 2017 on ABC's 'The Chew.' 'The Chew' airs MONDAY - FRIDAY (1-2pm, ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Heidi Gutman/ABC via Getty Images) MARIO BATALI
THE CHEW - Ali Wentworth is a guest on 'The Chew,' Tuesday, June 6, 2017. 'The Chew' airs MONDAY - FRIDAY (1-2pm, ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Lorenzo Bevilaqua/ABC via Getty Images) MARIO BATALI, ALI WENTWORTH
THE CHEW - Tituss Burgess is the guest Monday, May 22, 2017 on ABC's 'The Chew.' 'The Chew' airs MONDAY - FRIDAY (1-2pm, ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Jeff Neira/ABC via Getty Images) MARIO BATALI, DAPHNE OZ
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 22: Mario Batali and Mariska Hargitay attend The Joyful Revolution Gala In New York City hosted by Mariska Hargitay's Joyful Heart Foundation on May 22, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Joyful Heart Foundation)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 11: Mario Batali attends the WITNESS 25th Anniversary Gala at The Edison Ballroom on May 11, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)
THE CHEW - Jessica Seinfeld and Camilla Alves are the guests today, Tuesday, April 25, 2017 on ABC's 'The Chew.' 'The Chew' airs MONDAY - FRIDAY (1-2pm, ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Jeff Neira/ABC via Getty Images) CARLA HALL, MARIO BATALI
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 19: Mario Batali, Susi Cahn and Michael Symon attend 2017 Can-Do Awards at Cipriani Wall Street on April 19, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/WireImage)
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Bourdain and Batali are longtime colleagues and friends. Last year, they co-hosted The (RED) Supper for charity.

"It’s where you stand when the people you care about and admire do awful things that matters," Bourdain tweeted. "Keeping head down and hoping it goes away? No."

The message was seemingly about both Batali and Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme. Homme, a friend of Bourdain, made headlines over the weekend after he kicked a female photographer in the face on Saturday night.

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Mario Batali and Anthony Bourdain together
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NEW YORK CITY, NY - NOVEMBER 7: Mario Batali and Anthony Bourdain attend Mario Batali 'Roasted Battered & Fried' to Benefit the Food Bank For New York City and Kick Off the 3rd Annual New York Comedy Festival at Capitale on November 7, 2006 in New York City. (Photo by Joe Schildhorn/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
Bad Boy Chefs Mario Batali and Anthony Bourdain during The Gourmet Institute Weekend at Gourmet Magazine Headquarters at The Gourmet Institute in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Mychal Watts/WireImage for Gourmet Magazine)
Bad Boy Chefs Mario Batali and Anthony Bourdain during The Gourmet Institute Weekend at Gourmet Magazine Headquarters at The Gourmet Institute in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Mychal Watts/WireImage for Gourmet Magazine)
NEW YORK CITY, NY - APRIL 21: Anthony Bourdain and Mario Batali attend FOOD BANK FOR NEW YORK Presents the Sixth Annual CAN-DO AWARDS DINNER at Pier 60 on April 21, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by JIMI CELESTE/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY, NY - NOVEMBER 7: Anthony Bourdain and Mario Batali attend Mario Batali 'Roasted Battered & Fried' to Benefit the Food Bank For New York City and Kick Off the 3rd Annual New York Comedy Festival at Capitale on November 7, 2006 in New York City. (Photo by Joe Schildhorn/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 06: Chef Anthony Bourdain, restaurateur Joe Bastianich and chef Mario Batali attend the 3rd annual Magic Martinis & Mario fundraiser at Del Posto on October 6, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Henry S. Dziekan III/Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY, NY - NOVEMBER 16: Mario Batali and Anthony Bourdain attend BARNEYS' FOODIE Holiday Windows and LEE SCHRAGER'S SOUTH BEACH WINE AND FOOD FESTIVAL PARTY at Barneys Madison Avenue on November 16, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Photos-BEN GABBE/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 16: Film subject Mario Batali (L) and executive producer Anthony Bourdain attend Tribeca Talks After the Movie: 'Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent' during the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival at John Zuccotti Theater at BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center on April 16, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 02: Chefs Anthony Bourdain (L) and Mario Batali take a selfie at The (RED) Supper hosted by Mario Batali with Anthony Bourdain on June 2, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 02: (L-R) Chef Mario Batali, Artist Shantell Martin, and Chef Anthony Bourdain attend The (RED) Supper hosted by Mario Batali with Anthony Bourdain on June 2, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 02: Chefs Anthony Bourdain (L) and Mario Batali speak onstage at The (RED) Supper hosted by Mario Batali with Anthony Bourdain on June 2, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 02: Chefs Mario Batali (L) and Anthony Bourdain (C) attend The (RED) Supper hosted by Mario Batali with Anthony Bourdain on June 2, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 02: (L-R) Chef Mario Batali, Chef Anthony Bourdain, and Joseph Carr attend The (RED) Supper hosted by Mario Batali with Anthony Bourdain on June 2, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
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Bourdain also noted that he's well aware of sexual harassment in the industry. "Been there. Union shop. The shop steward would shove his fingers up my ass in front of entire kitchen every day and laugh," he wrote.

"Is that the guy you forked in 'Kitchen Confidential?'" a fan asked.

Bourdain's simple reply: "Yes."

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Chef Anthony Bourdain through the years
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UNITED STATES - APRIL 12: Chef Anthony Bourdain has a drink at Tintol restaurant in Times Square. Bourdain, 49, is the star of 'Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations,' the Travel Channel series that's half travelogue and half food show. Traveling constantly for the show, on which he regularly grosses viewers out by eating such delicacies as fermented shark meat in Iceland - 'the smell alone would stop a rhinoceros in its tracks,' he says - means he's only in his Manhattan apartment a few days out of the month. (Photo by James Keivom/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
(AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND OUT) Chef Anthony Bourdain, 27 October 2003. AFR Picture by MICHELE MOSSOP (Photo by Fairfax Media via Getty Images)
MIAMI BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 26: Chef Anthony Bourdain does a cooking demonstration at the South Beach Food And Wine Festival on February 26, 2005 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - APRIL 21: Chef Tom Colicchio and TV personality Anthony Bourdain attend the Food Bank For New York City's Sixth Annual Can-Do Awards at Abigail Kirsch's Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers on April 21, 2009 in New York City (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/WireImage for BWR)
MIAMI BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 28: Eric Ripert and Anthony Bourdain attend the 2010 South Beach Wine and Food Festival Grand Tasting Village on February 28, 2010 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images)
MIAMI BEACH, FL - JUNE 30: Anthony Bourdain discusses his book 'Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook' presented by Books and Books at Lincoln Theatre on June 30, 2010 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images)
TOP CHEF -- 'An Offer They Can't Refuse' Episode 808 -- Pictured: (l-r) Jduges Tom Colicchio, Anthony Bourdain (Photo by David Giesbrecht/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Anthony Bourdain attends the Whole Foods Market Grand Tasting Village during the 2011 South Beach Wine and Food Festival on February 27, 2011 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by John Parra/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 19: TV personality Anthony Bourdain attends the Great Googa Mooga 2012 at Prospect Park on May 19, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images)
LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 650 -- Pictured: (l-r) Anthony Bourdain, Jimmy Fallon -- (Photo by: Ira James/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE TASTE - ABC's 'The Taste' features no-holds barred chef Anthony Bourdain. (Photo by Sasha Shemirani/ABC via Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 10: Anthony Bourdain attends the Disney ABC Television Group 2013 TCA Winter Press Tour at The Langham Huntington Hotel and Spa on January 10, 2013 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
MIAMI BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 23: Anthony Bourdain attends the South Beach Wine and Food Festival 2013 Grand Tasting Village on February 23, 2013 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by John Parra/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 02: Anthony Bourdain signs his book at Hey New York: Meet Anthony Bourdain + Eric Ripert book signing event for his book 'Appetites: A Cookbook' at Williams-Sonoma Columbus Circle on December 2, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Owen Hoffmann/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 10: TV personality Anthony Bourdain attends 'Parts Unknown Last Bite' Live CNN Talk Show hosted by Anthony Bourdain at Atomic Liquors on November 10, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. 24280_001_0026.JPG (Photo by Isaac Brekken/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 10: (L-R) Senior vice president for talent and content development Amy Entelis, Anthony Bourdain and Senior vice president of development and acquisitions Vinnie Malhotra attend the CNN Upfront 2014 at Skylight Modern on April 10, 2014 in New York City. 24679_002_0417.JPG (Photo by Bryan Bedder/WireImage for Turner Networks)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0657 -- Pictured: (l-r) Author/Chef Anthony Bourdain and host Jimmy Fallon during an interview on April 19, 2017 -- (Photo by: Andrew Lipovsky/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 04: Chef, Author and TV Personality Anthony Bourdain attends The 2015 Bronx Academy Of Letters Chefs' Tasting Benefit at The Edison Ballroom on March 4, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 02: (L-R) Chef Mario Batali, Artist Shantell Martin, and Chef Anthony Bourdain attend The (RED) Supper hosted by Mario Batali with Anthony Bourdain on June 2, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 12: Anthony Bourdain attends the 2015 Creative Arts Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 12, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 08: Author/chef Anthony Bourdain attends the 2015 Center For Fiction Benefit & Awards at The Metropolitan Club on December 8, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Mireya Acierto/Getty Images)
Anthony Bourdain poses with the outstanding informational series or special award for "Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown" backstage at the 2015 Creative Arts Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, California September 12, 2015. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok
REFILE-QUALITY REPEAT U.S. President Barack Obama talks with Anthony Bourdain after an interview at a shopping area of Hanoi, Vietnam May 24, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 12: Anthony Bourdain and Asia Argento attend the 2018 Women In The World Summit at David H. Koch Theater, Lincoln Center on April 12, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Bruinooge/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 18:Anthony Bourdain is seen in midtown on January 18, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 09: Asia Argento and Anthony Bourdain attend the 2017 Creative Arts Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 9, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 19: Anthony Bourdain attends Build Series Presents discussing The New Documentary 'Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent'at Build Studio on April 19, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Steve Mack/FilmMagic)
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