A new week has dawned and the ousted MasterChef judges are still saltier than the rim of a margarita over their firing, particularly Matt Preston.
Despite initially claiming that he and his comrades Gary Mehigan and George Calombaris quit the show because Channel 10 was “unable to agree to all terms for the new contract,” the cravat connoisseur is now claiming that they were fired and what’s worse is that they allegedly learned of their sacking via Instagram.
Speaking to The Daily Telegraph, the chef claims to have been happy with the salary that was offered but it was the network who decided to cut them loose.
“We were happy with what was being offered, in fact we had accepted Ten’s financial offer to make the next series of MasterChef,” he told the publication.
“We just failed to agree on the other terms,” he added.
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Thank you so very much for supporting @masterchefau over the last 11 years. We have loved every single moment. It is however with a heavy heart that I can confirm that season 11 was our last. We were really keen to continue but we were unable to agree to all terms for the new contract. We have enjoyed 11 wonderful years on Masterchef Australia with Network Ten, and I want to take this opportunity to thank Ten for this amazing opportunity and for Network Ten’s backing of this very special show. We have met some beautiful people, discovered and guided some of the brightest up-and-comers in the Australian food scene, worked with the best chefs in the world in front of the camera, and with the TV industry’s finest professionals behind the scenes. And of course, we three judges have formed a lifelong friendship that will live on far beyond the show. I want to take this opportunity to thank you and everyone who has shared our amazing journey with us – especially all those fantastic contestants. I look forward to sharing many more adventures with you in the future. And finally I wish the new judges all the best with the show that we love so much. Thank you all. I don’t want to take any gloss off tonight’s well deserved winner so I will not be making any further comment. Love Matt.
Last week, Ten’s CEO Paul Anderson announced that the threesome had left the series over a contractual disagreement.
“Despite months of negotiations, Ten has not been able to reach a commercial agreement that was satisfactory to Matt, Gary and George,” Anderson said in a statement.
“We would like to thank Gary, George and Matt for their contribution over the past 11 years.”
The network chief revealed there will be a 12th season of the cooking show with new judges in 2020.
So what next for the three evicted judges, you ask?
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.