Gary Mehigan reveals the REAL reason why he and his fellow judges have left MasterChef Australia

& # 39; It was never about the money! & # 39; Gary Mehigan reveals the REAL reason why he and his fellow judges have left MasterChef Australia

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The expectation prior to this week's MasterChef Australia final was almost overshadowed by the shock announcement that judges George Calombaris, Matt Preston and Gary Mehigan are leaving the franchise.

And although it has been reported that the reason for the jury's departure is rooted in a failed wage negotiation, Gary has claimed that it was never about money but about timing.

Halfway through a statement published on his Instagram page prior to the Tuesday night final, Gary wrote: & # 39; It was time to move on, to have more free time to explore our own creativity & # 39; It was never about the money and will never be about the money. & # 39;

& # 39; It was never about the money! & # 39; Gary Mehigan (photo) has revealed the REAL reason that he and his fellow judges have left MasterChef Australia

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& # 39; It was never about the money! & # 39; Gary Mehigan (photo) has revealed the REAL reason that he and his fellow judges have left MasterChef Australia

Revealing the real reason for the judge's exodus, he wrote: & # 39; We could not agree on the duration of the new contract for 2020 and season 12. Something we attached great importance to. & # 39;

Matt also referred to & # 39; conditions for the new contract & # 39; in a vague explanatory post on his Instagram page.

& # 39; We really wanted to continue, but we couldn't agree to all the terms and conditions for the new & # 39 ;, he wrote in a message Tuesday night, moments after Gary & # 39; s message appeared.

& # 39; We could not agree on the duration of the new contract for 2020 and season 12 & # 39 ;: Although it was reported that the reason for the jury's departure was rooted in a failed wage negotiation, Gary on Instagram claimed that this Tuesday it was never about Instagram money but instead about timing

& # 39; We could not agree on the duration of the new contract for 2020 and season 12 & # 39 ;: Although it was reported that the reason for the jury's departure was rooted in a failed wage negotiation, Gary on Instagram claimed that this Tuesday it was never about Instagram money but instead about timing

& # 39; We could not agree on the duration of the new contract for 2020 and season 12 & # 39 ;: Although it was reported that the reason for the jury's departure was rooted in a failed wage negotiation, Gary on Instagram claimed that this Tuesday it was never about Instagram money but instead about timing

George also referred to the timing of the contract as the & # 39; make-or-break & # 39; factor, who wrote in a long post on Instagram on Tuesday: & # 39; We were close to signing a new contract for season 12, but the dates did not match. & # 39;

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Earlier on Tuesday, Ten & # 39; s CEO Paul Anderson claimed that the decision followed months after unsuccessful talks with the chefs.

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

Blurred: Matt Preston (photo) also referred to & # 39; conditions for the new contract & # 39; in a vague explanatory post on his Instagram page

Blurred: Matt Preston (photo) also referred to & # 39; conditions for the new contract & # 39; in a vague explanatory post on his Instagram page

Blurred: Matt Preston (photo) also referred to & # 39; conditions for the new contract & # 39; in a vague explanatory post on his Instagram page

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

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

& # 39; We were close to signing a new contract for season 12, but the dates did not match & # 39 ;, he wrote.

& # 39; We were close to signing a new contract for season 12, but the dates were not exactly accurate & # 39 ;: George Calombaris (right) also referred to the timing of the contract as the factor make or break

& # 39; We were close to signing a new contract for season 12, but the dates were not exactly accurate & # 39 ;: George Calombaris (right) also referred to the timing of the contract as the factor make or break

& # 39; We were close to signing a new contract for season 12, but the dates were not exactly accurate & # 39 ;: George Calombaris (right) also referred to the timing of the contract as the factor make or break

Earlier on Tuesday, Ten & # 39; s CEO Paul Anderson claimed that the decision followed months after unsuccessful talks with the chefs.

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

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

& # 39; Despite months of negotiations, Ten was unable to reach a commercial agreement & # 39 ;: Earlier on Tuesday, Ten & # 39; s CEO Paul Anderson claimed that the decision followed months after unsuccessful talks with the chefs

& # 39; Despite months of negotiations, Ten was unable to reach a commercial agreement & # 39 ;: Earlier on Tuesday, Ten & # 39; s CEO Paul Anderson claimed that the decision followed months after unsuccessful talks with the chefs

& # 39; Despite months of negotiations, Ten was unable to reach a commercial agreement & # 39 ;: Earlier on Tuesday, Ten & # 39; s CEO Paul Anderson claimed that the decision followed months after unsuccessful talks with the chefs

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