Yesterday’s announcement that MasterChef judges Matt Preston, Gary Mehigan and George Calombaris were quitting the show was met with mixed reactions from the public, with some stoked to learn that the long-running cooking series would be shaking things up and others devo to see the big bois go.
For the latter, we have some potentially exciting news for you: The Sydney Morning Herald reports that the food gurus are currently in talks with Netflix and Amazon Prime to lock in a multi-million dollar deal after recently opening their own production company GGM Pty Ltd.
It has been heavily rumoured that the trio left the show due to a dispute over their pay as the network refused to up their already $1 million-plus salaries by more than 40 per cent.
The publication reports that they initially offered their idea to Channel 10 as a “package deal” along with their sparkly new salaries, but chief executive Paul Anderson said that this only complicated matters.
He went on to refute claims that the network planned to sack Calombaris as a result of the shady underpaying staff controversy.
Despite the reports, Mehigan has vehemently denied leaving the show over the $$$ issue and sure, Jan.
“It was time to move on, have more free time to explore our own creativity,” he wrote on Instagram. “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.”
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To all of our fans ‘thank you’ To the team that makes MasterChef ‘thank you’ and to all of the contestants that we know and love, we are all part of a very exclusive club and what a journey what an experience. 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. 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…….???? @mattscravat @gcalombaris @masterchefau #masterchefau #foodies #foodiesofinstagram #homecooks #homecooking #masterchef
I imagine they’re still in v. early talks at this point so we probz won’t find out for a while if any network or streaming service decides to gobble up whatever idea they serve.
Watch this space.
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