Malaika Arora is Sad: MasterChef Australia Judges Bid Farewell to Show After 11 Years
Malaika Arora is sad because MasterChef Australia judges Matt Preston, Gary Mehigan and George Calombaris have quit the show after 11 seasons. Malaika Arora posted her disappointment in her Instagram story
Bollywood diva Malaika Arora isn't happy today. The reason is that her favorite show, Masterchef, is coming to an end. The Judges of MasterChef Australia, Matt Preston, Gary Mehigan and George Calombaris bid farewell to the reality TV cookery show and will not be returning in the next season, according to a foreign media outlet. The news pertaining to their exit was shared on the official twitter handle of MasterChef Australia. “After 11 sensational seasons, we bid a fond farewell to our judges -- Matt Preston, Gary Mehigan and George Calombaris. Thank you for being a part of this remarkable #MasterChef legacy and helping make the culinary dreams of everyday home cooks come true,” read the tweet.
Malaika Arora posted on her instagram story thus:
Media reports surfacing online revealed that all the judges decided to quit after Calombaris came under fire for underpaying $7.8 million to his staff at his hospitality firm, “Made Establishment”. It is pertinent to note that Calombaris was also dropped from an Australian tourism campaign. Sources familiar with the matter said the trio decided to quit the show after Network 10 refused a significant pay raise to them but this conjecture was denied by the judges.
“To explain: ‘It was time to move on, have more free time to explore our own creativity’. It was never about the money and never will be about the money. We couldn’t agree on the term of the new contract for 2020 and season 12. (This is) Something we felt very strongly about. The opportunity to work with Matt and George has been a blessing and something I cherish. Working together will continue to be the most important thing for us... the three musketeers,” Mehigan captioned his post on Instagram.
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@masterchefau geez you have warmed our hearts, filled our stomachs and sizzled our souls. To the great contestants of the past 11 years, you ought to be proud. To the incredible @masterchefau team that works so hard to make the best cooking show on earth, we salute you. To our families, friends and teams who have supported us, you freakin’ rock. We were close to signing a new contract for season 12 however the dates just didn’t align. Channel Ten, thank you for providing us the platform to change the landscape of food worldwide. To the next 3 judges and mentors, we wish you loads of success. To my brothers @mattscravat and @garymehigan: I love you and thank you. Time to take a deep breath and be thankful. With love GC xxx
Calombaris also shared his thoughts on Instagram. “We were close to signing a new contract for season 12. However, the dates just didn’t align. Channel Ten, thank you for providing us the platform to change the landscape of food worldwide. To the next 3 judges and mentors, we wish you loads of success. To my brothers, I love you and thank you. Time to take a deep breath and be thankful,” he said. Preston also tweeted a farewell message saying, “Thank you so very much for supporting the show for over the last 11 years. We have loved every single moment.”