Industry chatter around Matt Preston, Gary Mehigan and George Calombaris has been rife today following the shock news of their exit from MasterChef Australia.
Speculation about their next venture varies from Netflix and Amazon to Nine / Stan. International appeal around the trio, especially in India, puts the possibility of Netflix on the horizon.
The Age reports the hosts formed a company called GaryGeorge&Matt (GGM) in February to negotiate with 10. But there are conflicting reports about what went wrong.
Some reports claim he judges initially wanted a 40 per cent bump in remuneration compared to 2.48 million in 2010. But the network, under CBS, declined.
Others suggest they agreed to an offer of more than $1 million each but remained at loggerheads with 10 over the length of their new contracts. While 10 wanted to extend their contracts until the end of next year – Preston, Mehigan and Calombaris insisted upon an August 2020 expiry, to negotiate with rival media companies.
Gary Mehigan said on Instagram: To explain: ‘It was time to move on, have more free time to explore our own creativity’ It was never about the money and never will be about the money. We couldn’t agree on the term of the new contract for 2020 and season 12. Something we felt very strongly about.
Meanwhile speculation about just who will replace them has been hectic on social media.
Twitter Australia has revealed the most Tweeted about potential judges:
- Shannon Bennett
- Maggie Beer
- Curtis Stone
- Adam Liaw (already the unofficial King of Aussie Twitter with gems like this one)
- Kylie Kwong
- Poh Ling Yeow
- Nigella Lawson
- Justine Schofield
- Iain ‘Huey’ Hewitson
- and the infamous Gordon Ramsay (who’s currently a judge on MasterChef US)