It’s been just a day since the announcement that the MasterChef judges Matt Preston, Gary Mehigan and George Calombaris would not be returning to the show next season but it seems they’ve already thought about their next move.
It’s being reported that the celebrity chefs will follow in the footsteps of the Top Gear fellas and move onto a streaming service.
The report suggests that Matt, Gary and George have their sights set on signing a multi-million-dollar deal with Netflix or Amazon Prime.
Entertainment reporter Peter Ford joined Kyle and Jackie O on 96FM’s Hour of Power to chat about the MasterChef drama when he revealed that he wouldn’t be surprised if this report was true due to the trio’s success internationally.
“They will bounce back. I have no doubt for a second that Netflix will put a deal to them,” he said.
“Because what you may not realise, the three of them are actually very popular internationally. They’re huge in India, huge in the Middle East and all around the world.
“What they don’t have of course, they don’t have the rights to MasterChef so basically they have to dream up some new format but that’s pretty easy.”
“Oh, this is Top Gear all over again,” Jackie said.
Peter Ford also added that he thinks the trio are underestimating how much George’s recent bad press will affect them.
“I think they’re underestimating the fact that George has become a liability and I think the other two may not fully get it but maybe internationally people aren’t going to be as angry as they seem to be here,” he claimed.
“But they’re determined to stick together.”
The shock announcement that all three judges would leave MasterChef was made by Channel 10 on Tuesday afternoon, stating that a commercial agreement with the judges couldn’t be reached.
Matt, Gary and George have all since taken to their social media accounts to explain further, although each gave different reasons for the departure.
Ford said he believed that money and the fact that the trio wanted to remain together ultimately caused their downfall.
“They actually went in as a trio, like the three musketeers and said we’re not going to be broken up and so it’s possible that Channel 10 may have wanted to keep one of them or two of them but because they were so determined that they would not be split up then they all had to go,” he explained.
“It was about money… They initially went in wanting $1.5 million each and a guarantee of two years, so that was like a total of $9 million. They were willing to come down to about $1.2,” he concluded.
There are talks that the judges have already been replaced for next season by Curtis Stone, Maggie Beer and Poh Ling Yeow but this is yet to be confirmed by Ten.