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BREAKING: All three MasterChef Australia judges axed

BREAKING: All three MasterChef Australia judges axed

Network 10 has axed Matt Preston, Gary Mehigan and George Calombaris as they confirmed the three judges will not be returning to MasterChef Australia next year.

Paul Anderson, chief executive for the network, said: “Despite months of negotiation, 10 has not been able to reach a commercial agreement that was satisfactory to Matt, Gary and George.”

“We would like to thank Gary, George and Matt for their contribution over the past 11 years,” he continued.

MasterChef Australia has always been about ordinary Australians doing extraordinary things for the love of food and we believe it is very important to continue that ethos.

“Australia is full of remarkable cooking talent and we can’t wait to introduce another group – and the next generation of exceptional judges – in season 12 of MasterChef Australia next year.”

It was revealed last week that Calombaris underpaid his staff members by over $7.8 million.