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Manu Fieldel contract to end at Seven

MKR judge is talking with other parties for cooking and travel projects.

He is coming up on SAS Australia and could yet appear on other unnamed projects but Manu Feildel has confirmed that his contract with Seven is concluding at the end of the month.

Feildel, who has had 11 years at Seven, is currently talking with other television networks and production companies about future opportunities and is keen for travelling and cooking projects (which he has also done at Seven).

“That’s the type of TV I want to do,” Feildel told the Sydney Morning Herald. “There are smaller production companies not necessarily attached to a network that approached me for a few different ideas. They’re great ideas and I want to be involved with them but, again, it’s having the idea, producing it and then selling it that’s the trick.”

Feildel also conceded My Kitchen Rules wasn’t working, but says he would be eager to take part in a revamped format.

“If it was to come back, I would be obviously happy to be part of it. I’ve been part of it for from the beginning, but I think we should have a new version. It needs to be rethought. It’s like recipes, you can’t do the same thing everyday.”

Director of Production Andrew Backwell has previously noted, “MKR will come back. We’ll take it back to basics, we’ll do a shorter run, we’ll feature the elements that we know work in that show. I think over the years we expanded it to 50 episode runs. It needs to go back to basics then we can extend it again later.”

SAS Australia returns after the Olympics.

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  1. Director of Production Andrew Backwell has previously noted: “It needs to go back to basics then we can extend it again later.”
    Umm I’d say don’t extend it and if possible post Covid bring back a Restaurant competition which is better than the Kitchen bitch’n

  2. “MKR will come back. We’ll take it back to basics, we’ll do a shorter run, we’ll feature the elements that we know work in that show. I think over the years we expanded it to 50 episode runs. It needs to go back to basics then we can extend it again later.”

    Such a baffling thing to say, the main problem was it that got extended, so why would you attempt to fix the issue and than want to make the same mistake by extending it again.

    1. The extensions weren’t solely the problem. The contrived bitchiness amongst competitors became a bit much after countless seasons. What started as a ploy by the then EP of MKR, gradually took over and ultimately killed it off. The over-the-top promos were all about the tensions too. This was a significant deviation from the original aim of the program – a cooking competition, not a bitchfest.

      1. I remain warmed to his personality, it was the casting, lack of focus on actual food or people with culinary talent and ‘the other guy’ that switched me off MKR after season two.

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