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& # 39; We were worried about his mental health & # 39 ;: Gary Mehigan, TV chief Reality, admitted that he feared for the well-being of fellow MasterChef judge George Calombaris after Channel 10 took them out of the show in June .

MasterChef judge Gary Mehigan admitted that he feared for the well-being of his co-star George Calombaris after Channel 10 removed them from the show in June.

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Speak against The Daily Telegraph on Monday, Gary, 52, announced that he burst into tears over the talent shake-up, especially in light of George's controversial underpayment scandal.

& # 39; We were worried about his mental health – I just thought that no one could stand all this and come out at the end of the piece, & # 39; he said.

& # 39; We were worried about his mental health & # 39 ;: Gary Mehigan, TV chief Reality, admitted that he feared for the well-being of fellow MasterChef judge George Calombaris after Channel 10 took them out of the show in June .

Shamed chef George Calombaris has apologized for the inadequate payment of his restaurant staff

Shamed chef George Calombaris has apologized for the inadequate payment of his restaurant staff

& # 39; We were worried about his mental health & # 39; Gary Mehigan, 52 (left), admitted that he burst into tears because of the fear of the well-being of 40-year-old George Calombaris (right) after the controversial chef at MasterChef was unloaded in the midst of his underpayment scandal

His exit from MasterChef was the last in a series of negative headlines for George, 40, who had underpaid nearly $ 8 million for his restaurant staff.

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In July, he was fined $ 200,000 for underestimating 515 employees between 2011 and 2017 and his business will be audited for the next three years.

Days after the scandal made headlines, a visibly distressed George broke out in tears during an interview with ABC's 7.30 in which he apologized to his employees and assumed full responsibility for the underpaid staff.

Stressful year: George had a stressful year after he was recently fined $ 200,000 for insufficient staff at his restaurants in Melbourne, $ 7.8 million. Shown in July

Stressful year: George had a stressful year after he was recently fined $ 200,000 for insufficient staff at his restaurants in Melbourne, $ 7.8 million. Shown in July

Stressful year: George had a stressful year after he was recently fined $ 200,000 for insufficient staff at his restaurants in Melbourne, $ 7.8 million. Shown in July

Despite the setbacks, Gary assured fans that George managed to weather the storm and & # 39; is now in a much better place & # 39 ;.

& # 39; He is completely focused on the company and leaving MasterChef is good for him right now & he said.

Amid rumors, Channel Seven bosses Gary and colleague MasterChef judge Matt Preston are rejecting a new cooking show – without George.

Greener meadows: despite the setbacks, Gary assured the Daily Telegraph that George has weathered the storm and & # 39; much better & # 39; is
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Greener meadows: despite the setbacks, Gary assured the Daily Telegraph that George has weathered the storm and & # 39; much better & # 39; is

Greener meadows: despite the setbacks, Gary assured the Daily Telegraph that George has weathered the storm and & # 39; much better & # 39; is

The Sydney Morning Herald reported Monday that the newly appointed Seven West Media chief executive, James Warburton, is only interested in signing two of the three Channel 10 stars for a new series to be launched next year.

Sources claimed that Matt and Gary are both being considered for the upcoming show, but there is no interest in George.

A Gary representative told the publication: & # 39; (There is) much interest and discussion both within Australia and internationally, but no deals have been closed. & # 39;

Did you not cut? It comes when Channel Seven bosses are reportedly being dropped off MasterChef judges Matt Preston (center) and Gary (left) for a new cooking show, but their former co-star George (right) has been rejected
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Did you not cut? It comes when Channel Seven bosses are reportedly being dropped off MasterChef judges Matt Preston (center) and Gary (left) for a new cooking show, but their former co-star George (right) has been rejected

Did you not cut? It comes when Channel Seven bosses are reportedly being dropped off MasterChef judges Matt Preston (center) and Gary (left) for a new cooking show, but their former co-star George (right) has been rejected

Meanwhile, a Matt representative said he is not currently in discussion: & # 39; International opportunities are our priority and there are currently a number of major international opportunities on the table & # 39 ;.

The show, which is not My Kitchen Rules, will probably be unveiled next month at Seven & # 39; s frontfronts event.

It was reported in July all three MasterChef judges had abruptly stopped the show after a pay dispute.

Channel 10 CEO Paul Anderson previously explained their departure and said: “Despite months of negotiations, Ten was unable to reach a commercial agreement that was satisfactory to Matt, Gary, and George & # 39;
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Channel 10 CEO Paul Anderson previously explained their departure and said: “Despite months of negotiations, Ten was unable to reach a commercial agreement that was satisfactory to Matt, Gary, and George & # 39;

Channel 10 CEO Paul Anderson previously explained their departure and said: “Despite months of negotiations, Ten was unable to reach a commercial agreement that was satisfactory to Matt, Gary, and George & # 39;

Paul Anderson, CEO of the network, said in a statement: & # 39; Despite months of negotiations, Ten was unable to reach a commercial agreement that was satisfactory to Matt, Gary and George. & # 39;

& # 39; We want to thank Gary, George and Matt for their contribution over the past 11 years, & # 39; he added.

The network chief confirmed in his statement that there will be a 12th season of the cooking show with new jury members in 2020.

Who will replace them? The network chief confirmed in his statement that there will be a 12th season of the cooking show with new jury members in 2020
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Who will replace them? The network chief confirmed in his statement that there will be a 12th season of the cooking show with new jury members in 2020

Who will replace them? The network chief confirmed in his statement that there will be a 12th season of the cooking show with new jury members in 2020

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