It has been revealed that popular cooking show, Masterchef, is losing not one but all three of its judges.
Matt Preston, Gary Mehigan and George Calombaris will not return next season according to Network Ten.
The news went public ahead of Tuesday evening's grand final. The hosts of The Project admitting they were meant to have Matt Preston on but he wouldn't be appearing because of the mass exodus.
Calombaris telling Instagram followers that the dates didn't align.
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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
Now in its 11th season, the show has been plagued by controversy, with many calling for George Calombaris to be dumped for underpaying staff.
It was initially claimed that Calombaris owed staff over $2 million but that was later revised up to $7.8 million.
Calombaris recently lost his deal with Tourism WA as the face of their 'design your own Gourmet escape' campaign.
Network chief executive Paul Anderson told the crew from The Project that the decision had nothing to do with the controversy surrounding Calombaris but rather that they could not come to an agreement after months of talks.
He also indicated that the decision by the well known trio to move on would give producers a chance to give Masterchef a refresh.
Debate turns now to whether or not the successful show can survive such a bug change moving forward and who would fill those shoes.
By Michelle Price