We got the star TV chef at LAX Tuesday and asked about Batali stepping away from his restaurant empire amid claims he sexually harassed 5 women. It was clear she's sad, but says it had to happen and hopes it makes everyone feel better.
As she puts it ... "It's a time of cleansing."
Also, very interesting -- Giada's reaction when we asked if she's shocked by the accusations. You've gotta see it ... she says a lot without using a word.