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Ben Ungermann suddenly disappears from MasterChef for the episode of Katy Perry

Ben Ungermann suddenly disappears from MasterChef for the episode of Katy Perry … after being mysteriously arrested during filming

Ben Ungermann was clearly absent from Thursday night’s immunity challenge on MasterChef Australia: Back to Win.

Eagle-eyed fans scanned the portal for the brawny chef, eventually concluding that he was ‘kicked off’ after filming the show.

Some viewers were baffled by the lack of recognition that he had left, while others said they would miss their favorite contestant.

Where did he go? Ben Ungermann was clearly absent from Thursday night's immunity challenge on MasterChef Australia: Back to Win

Where did he go? Ben Ungermann was clearly absent from Thursday night’s immunity challenge on MasterChef Australia: Back to Win

Okay, but tea time – where’s Ben? Did he get kicked off? one fan tweeted.

“I’m trying to scan the portal to see him … Wonder if his absence from the show will be explained?” asked another.

‘I am very sad. Regardless of why Ben had to leave, I know it’s coming. It’s like waiting for the other shoe to drop, ‘a third viewer wrote on Facebook.

“I admit that in his original season, I considered him the ‘ice cream man’, a one-note wonder. But this time I fell in love with his talent in all areas. I wish him the very best in life. ‘

'Best Wishes to Ben': eagle-eyed fans scanned the portal for the brawny chef, eventually concluding that he was 'kicked off' after filming the show

'Best Wishes to Ben': eagle-eyed fans scanned the portal for the brawny chef, eventually concluding that he was 'kicked off' after filming the show

‘Best Wishes to Ben’: eagle-eyed fans scanned the portal for the brawny chef, eventually concluding that he was ‘kicked off’ after filming the show

“The incident must have happened to him [before the episode was filmed]. Such a shame and it’s Katy night, ‘wrote a disappointed fan.

Another quipped, “Channel 10 confirmed he was on a toilet break all the time. They called me last night and told me. ‘

Fans are eagerly awaiting Sunday’s episode to see if Ben returns, or whether his departure from the competition will be addressed.

“The incident must have happened to him”: Viewers concluded that Ben’s arrest must have taken place just before Katy Perry (center right) filmed her guest appearance. Pictured with judges Andy Allen (left), Melissa Leong (center left) and Jock Zonfrillo (right)

It comes after MasterChef producers reportedly had crisis conversations in March following Ben’s arrest over a personal matter during filming.

Executives called the show’s editors to an “ emergency meeting, ” telling them to “ shut him down as best they could, ” New idea.

The incident apparently came as a shock to network bosses, with a source saying, “No one could have imagined something like this would ever happen.”

Emergency meeting: it comes after MasterChef producers reportedly held crisis talks in March following Ben's arrest over a personal matter during filming

Emergency meeting: it comes after MasterChef producers reportedly held crisis talks in March following Ben's arrest over a personal matter during filming

Emergency meeting: it comes after MasterChef producers reportedly held crisis talks in March following Ben’s arrest over a personal matter during filming

Ben himself acknowledged his rare on-screen appearances, saying in an Instagram post that ‘it’s up to MasterChef’ what’s happening in the editing suite.

News of Ben’s arrest came out on March 24, prompting an Endemol Shine spokesperson to make a brief statement to the media.

“We can confirm that Ben Ungermann has left the MasterChef Australia competition. As this is a police matter, we will not comment further. ‘

MasterChef continues on channel 10 on Sunday at 7:30 PM

Edited: Ben himself acknowledged his rare on-screen appearances and said 'it's up to MasterChef' what's happening in the editing suite

Edited: Ben himself acknowledged his rare on-screen appearances and said 'it's up to MasterChef' what's happening in the editing suite

Edited: Ben himself acknowledged his rare on-screen appearances and said ‘it’s up to MasterChef’ what’s happening in the editing suite

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