MasterChef Australia was rightly praised for its social distancing introduced to episodes a week ago, but boy it was tough last night when none of the cast could embrace eliminated contestant Jess Liemantara.
As the tears flowed down her face, none of her fellow contestants were able to hug her goodbye. It was painful to watch as all kept their 1.5m distance and applauded her in a funeral-like guard of honour.
After she had left the cameras even lingered on the silent tears by contestants, all denied human affection when they most needed it.
Filmed in March, at the height of new regulations, it was sadly the right step by everybody involved. But for a show that celebrates camaraderie, it was crushing for some viewers.