Channel Nine denies Hamish Blake ‘had input’ as hit series move from Melbourne to Sydney

Channel Nine denies Hamish Blake ‘had input’ into where Lego Masters is produced – as hit series moves from Melbourne to Sydney

Channel Nine has strongly denied that host Hamish Blake played a role in moving production of Lego Masters from Melbourne to Sydney.

A spokesperson for Nine told Daily Mail Australia on Saturday: “Hamish has no say in where the show is made. He loves to do it and will travel everywhere if needed.”

This comes after The Daily Telegraph reported that the comedian was in talks with the network and production company Endemol Shine Australia to move the hit show to Sydney, where he is now based with his wife Zoë Foster Blake and their children.

Moving: Channel Nine has denied Hamish Blake ‘had any input’ into where Lego Masters is produced – as hit series moves from Melbourne to Sydney

Industry sources told the publication he was “unwilling to commit to a 12-week Melbourne lockdown – or repeated mandatory quarantines” to film a fourth season, particularly with the ever-evolving Covid-19 situation in Australia and border closures.

While some crew members have been given jobs in Sydney, the show’s relocation has resulted in 80 job cuts for Melbourne’s production staff, The Daily Telegraph reported.

A Nine spokesperson confirmed the news of the production’s move to Sydney with the publication, adding: “Every show needs to be nimble to navigate the health and safety impacts.”

Shooting for the upcoming 2022 season is scheduled from October to December.

Duty Calls: A spokesperson for Nine told Daily Mail Australia on Saturday: 'Hamish has no influence on where the show is made.  He loves to do it and will travel wherever it is if needed.

Duty Calls: A spokesperson for Nine told Daily Mail Australia on Saturday: ‘Hamish has no influence on where the show is made. He loves to do it and will travel wherever it is if needed.”

Gains and losses: While some crew members have been given jobs in Sydney, the show's relocation has resulted in 80 job cuts for Melbourne's production staff, The Daily Telegraph reported.  Pictured are Lego Masters season three winners David and Gus

Gains and losses: While some crew members have been given jobs in Sydney, the show’s relocation has resulted in 80 job cuts for Melbourne’s production staff, The Daily Telegraph reported. Pictured are Lego Masters season three winners David and Gus

Hamish and Zoe, shared children, six-year-old Sonny and three-year-old Rudy, moved earlier this year with their children from Melbourne to Sydney, where her Go-To Skincare business is based.

Before the big move, Hamish had announced on social media: ‘I’ve known for a long time that stealing my wife from Sydney would mean moving in one day and living there for a while.

“Because her business is going so well (‘booming’ is the business term I think), her family is there, and I’d like to get a part in Bondi Rescue (as a tourist who passes out from eating too many ice creams) it seemed to me time to switch!

Shooting is scheduled from October to December.  Pictured is Hamish with Lego Masters judge Ryan 'The Brickman' McNaught

New home: A spokesperson for Nine confirmed the news of the production’s move to Sydney with the publication The Daily Telegraph. Shooting is scheduled from October to December. Pictured is Hamish with Lego Masters judge Ryan ‘The Brickman’ McNaught

Family: Hamish and Zoe, who share six-year-old Sonny and three-year-old Rudy, moved from Melbourne to Sydney earlier this year with their children.  Zoë's skincare company, Go-To Skincare, is based in the capital of New South Wales

Family: Hamish and Zoe, who share six-year-old Sonny and three-year-old Rudy, moved from Melbourne to Sydney earlier this year with their children. Zoë’s skincare company, Go-To Skincare, is based in the capital of New South Wales

“The loose plan is for a few years, but however long it takes, we are looking forward to this adventure with our small family. I think we’ve taken the message ‘see Australia’ really seriously,” he added.

Zoë, who made her debut on the Young Rich List, is the founder of the skincare brand and is worth $36 million, according to the Financial Overview.

The couple, who have been married for 12 years, now also proudly own an $8,925 million property in the upscale suburb of Vaucluse, in eastern Sydney.

Skincare queen: Zoë, who made her debut on the Young Rich List, is the founder of the skincare brand and is worth $36 million, according to the Financial Review

Skincare queen: Zoë, who made her debut on the Young Rich List, is the founder of the skincare brand and is worth $36 million, according to the Financial Review

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