My Kitchen Rules villains, who managed to give the Seven series the bumper ratings it has lacked all season, have criticised the network, which in turn has taken a stand on their conduct.
Ironically Seven has not taken a stand on whether it has booted them from the competition, preferring to milk the saga for all its worth.
But there are unanswered questions about what went on behind the scenes.
In December reports first emerged of an incident at a Launceston hotel, presumably whilst filming an instant restaurant for Henry & Anna.
Hotel guests reportedly witnessed behaviour in which a female team clashed with a male team, after hearing comments made by the men in their room.
“The woman then started banging on the door,” an insider told The Daily Telegraph.
A meeting was reportedly held to investigate the incident, concluding that one contestant “crossed a line”.
“That behaviour was well beyond the limits of what is deemed acceptable,” the source indicated.
Seven’s head of publicity Susan Wood confirmed in December, “Someone crossed a line that shouldn’t be crossed.”
Last night however, the storyline was confined to a Victorian instant restaurant, leaving some to ask whether there are still questions to be answered.
Today Sonya & Hadil took to Instagram to criticise the network for Reality TV editing.
“We are sorry that this is what MKR wanted to focus on, instead of all our kind, lighthearted, conversations. We regret signing up to a show that didn’t celebrate the cooking. Our credit for our hard work, our cooking, 6 dishes of the day from the judges were stripped from us to create the outcome you see,” they said.
A Seven spokesperson said,: “Last night’s episode of My Kitchen Rules dealt with an unprecedented level of continued personal attacks and threats by one team against other teams.
“Despite a number of constructive conversations and second chances, this team continued to bully and attack other teams.
“This level of behaviour does not fit within the agreed workplace values of Channel Seven.
“Everyone, anywhere and at all times must feel safe and supported in their work place. This is a fundamental understanding and agreement by each and every Seven employee.”
Meanwhile rival team Jess & Emma appeared on Sunrise where Sam Armytage told them, “Look, it was very hard to watch. We have a firm anti-bullying campaign going on on Sunrise.
“And we’re getting a lot of feedback from our viewers that this was outright bullying by adults on prime time television.”