Carla Hall: We’re not replacing Mario Batali on 'The Chew'

And then there were three. Carla Hall, Clinton Kelly and Michael Symon are not planning on hiring a new cohost on The Chew following the December firing of Mario Batali. The famous chef was accused of sexual harassment by four women and after an investigation by ABC, the network decided to let him go.

Hall, 54, spoke to Us Weekly on Tuesday, May 15, revealing that she still speaks to her former cohost. “He’s good,” she told Us at The Paley Honors: A Gala Tribute to Music on Television in New York City. She also added that things have been good on set.

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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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“We’re having a good time. We had Carol Burnett on the show. We had the cast of Life of the Party with Melissa McCarthy and Matt Walsh, and yeah. So, we’re having a great time,” she said. When addressing the topic of a replacement for Batali, who was on the show from 2011 to 2017, she admitted it’s “not in the plans.” Instead, the three hosts will remain.

Hall, Kelly and Symon addressed the allegations in December on their show. “Allegations of past improper behavior surfaced about our own Mario Batali, and ABC asked him to step away from the show while those allegations are reviewed. We want you to know we take these matters very seriously and are committed to a safe work environment. Our commitment to our viewers remains the same — to deliver the entertaining show that you’ve come to expect,” they said in a statement.

The Chew airs on ABC on weekdays at 1 p.m. ET.

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Read on to learn what unusual health practice Carla Hall is a fan of and so much more about the Top Chef All-Stars Fan Favorite and star of The Chew.

Origins of Her Signature Phrase, 'Hootie Hoo!'

"My husband Matthew and I did this two-part call: 'Hootie' then 'Hoo.' I don’t know who started it. He says he started it. I think I started it, but then a girlfriend said she started it when we were 12," Carla explains.

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Food She Can't Live Without

"Lemons," says Carla. "People know that, but I always say I love a good pucker. I love sour and lemons add brightness."

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Favorite Comfort Food

"Chicken and dumplings," says Carla. "It is kind of like having chicken, gravy and biscuits, but it is a one pot wonder. When you cook it, you have this chicken stew then you drop biscuit dough into the broth to cook, which thickens the soup part so it is kind of like a gravy. Then, you have these light pillowy dumplings which are just soft biscuits."

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Unusual Health Practice She Loves

"I was looking to do some kind of cleanse at the beginning of the year and I was doing a water flush so I was drinking a quart of water first thing in the morning and I kept going back online to see the benefits of doing that. Google has these associated searches and one of them that popped up on the page was oil pulling," Carla explains. "I saw that it was this practice of swishing oil in your mouth for 20 minutes and the toxins would attach to the enzymes in the oil. I started doing it every day, even when I’m traveling. I’ve only missed three days since January 5. I know I’ve had a difference in my skin and my sinuses are really clear. I think it is a combination of the oil swishing and the water. It is a great way to have good oral hygiene."

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Favorite (and Least Favorite) Food Trend

"I'm kind of over bacon in everything," Carla admits. But she loves that vegetables have come into the spotlight. "On the heels of the whole kale craze, I think that another vegetable is going to take its place. First it was Brussels sprouts, now it is kale. What I love about that is you can always count on restaurants being on the bandwagon and you know you are always going to get at least that vegetable at most restaurants. I have a whole chapter on vegetables in my book, where vegetables have at least three different preparations each."

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Career She Might Have Had If She Wasn't In the Food Space

"I used to joke and say race car driving, but I think that is just a fantasy of mine. I think it would be theater. I would be an actor. I'd still be broke," says Carla.

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Best piece of advice

"Treat others the way you’d want to be treated. And my grandmother and mother said it is your job to be happy," Carla explains.

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Food She Still Hasn't Mastered

"French bread — or bread making," Carla reveals. "I think there is an art and a science to it."

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The Best Clothes To Cook In

"T-shirt and loose pants, like medical pants with an elastic waist band. And an apron, not a chef’s coat," she offers.

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Best Food She's Ever Eaten

"I had this bread at restaurant in Virginia. I have this fascination with making bread. [It] was so good that I talked about it the entire meal," she says. "When the dessert came I was still talking about the bread. When I met the chef, everyone was telling him how good the food was. I was like, 'the food was good but the bread was SO good.' It has the right amount of salt, it was crusty, it was so memorable. It is one of those things — when it is good, it is really good."

"For me, it is always those simple things. When I go to a restaurant for the first time I may order a roasted chicken. Most people who don’t cook are wowed by what the chefs do. I want to see them do the simple things. The chicken at Barbuto — awesome! When I go to an ice cream store, I always order their vanilla first."

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