Buddy Valastro, Cake Boss

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UPDATE: Buddy Valastro released the following statement: "To all my family, friends, fans and supporters, please know that I want to share and explain to you what happened today and I look forward to doing so at a later date. I appreciate your support and understanding as we handle things privately as a family."

He also posted a photo from the bakery with the caption, "Here In Carlos bakery Marlton and what a great reaction from the community I love this place I feel at home here @carlosbakery."


Cake Boss' Buddy Valastro has been charged with a DWI and DWAI in New York City.

The 37-year-old baker was arrested shortly after 1:00 a.m. Thursday near Penn Station, a New York City Police Department spokesperson confirmed to E! News. Officers observed Valastro driving erratically and swerving between lanes. He had blood shot, watery eyes. Officers smelled alcohol on his breath. He was unsteady on his feet when he got out of the vehicle. He was given a sobriety test, which he failed. He was taken to to central booking in Manhattan for arraignment.

E! News reached out to Valastro's corporate headquarters for comment but did not receive an immediate response.

Valastro rose to fame in 2009 when Cake Boss premiered on TLC. The reality program centered upon the family's Hoboken, N.J.-based family business, Carlo's Bakery. Following the success of the show, multiple franchises have opened, including Cake Boss Café, located in NYC's Times Square.

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In 2012, the Hudson Reporter gave Valastro, a father of four, an honorable mention on its list of 50 most influential people for bringing "long lines of tourists to the mile-square city [Hoboken], [and making] the town even more famous than it was..."

The paper also noted Valastro was continually expanding the Cake Boss empire and also did charitable work.

Last year, Valastro spoke with Michaels.com about the positive aspects resulting from Cake Boss, including "being able to grow the business in new and fun ways."

"There's the bakery itself, our national shipping, our cake decorating and baking classes," he said. "Outside of that I have my TV shows, books, tour and new bakeware line. I'm never bored!"

As for the worst part? "These days I don't get as much time as I'd like to sit down and decorate cakes," he said. "It's like therapy for me."

—Reporting by Lindsay Good and Beth Sobol

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