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Batali Apologizes for Comparing Bankers to Hitler, Stalin

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Celebrity chef and restaurant owner Mario Batali apologized for comparing bankers to Hitler and Stalin, while finance executives reacted with angry comments and calls for a boycott.

“To remove any ambiguity about my appearance at yesterday’s Time Person of the Year panel, I want to apologize for my remarks,” Batali said this afternoon through his spokeswoman, Pamela Lewy. “It was never my intention to equate our banking industry with Hitler and Stalin, two of the most evil, brutal dictators in modern history.”