Seven sources have confirmed a mutual parting with My Kitchen Rules presenter Pete Evans.
Evans has been a judge on the series since 2010 having previously presented on the LifeStyle channel, and more recently fronting his own Netflix documentary.
MKR has been the defining Seven Studios show of the past decade, including with unbeatable ratings. But in recent years it has been overtaken by Married at First Sight and a revamped MasterChef Australia.
Evans has frequently been in the headlines for his championing of a Paleo diet, and drawn criticism over comments around fluoridation, sunscreen and vaccinations. Many of those entailed a right of reply through Sunday Night reporting.
He was recently fined $25,000 by the Therapeutic Goods Administration after promoting a BioCharger NG and referring to coronavirus treatment recipes. On social media he indicated he had referred the matter to his lawyers. Seven this week has culled multiple staff, but his departure will also mean more freedom to speak on various advocacy measures.
MKR‘s future on the network grid looks grim, but the network could rest it for a return in the future. Fellow judge Manu Fieldel is set to return for Australia’s Got Talent when the show can resume and has filmed Plate of Origin with Matt Preston and Gary Mehigan, due in coming months.
That plate is yet to be tasted by viewers