Former MasterChef Judge George Calombaris breaks his silence on his shocking return to television and sends a special message to Ten – after being fined $ 200,000 for being caught underpaying staff in the salary scandal
Former MasterChef Judge George Calombaris broke his silence on his return to television after being caught underpaying staff in a salary scandal.
The 42-year-old was unmasked as The Duster on Tuesday night’s episode of The Masked Singer.
George told Studio 10 on Wednesday that he still had a “soft spot for Channel 10,” despite the network dismissing him as a judge on MasterChef in 2019.
Speaking: Former MasterChef Judge George Calombaris broke his silence on his shocking return to television and sends a special message to Ten after the show – after being fined $ 200,000 for being caught in underpaying staff in salary scandal
“It was a wonderful experience. I was scared like you wouldn’t believe … but it’s time for George chapter two. It has been a difficult time for the past two years, ”he said.
“I also have a soft spot for Channel 10. I love the network and everything they believe in and the joy that every show puts into people’s hearts.”
George added: “It was a wonderful experience and I am very grateful for it.”
He also shared a post on Instagram, admitting he was pushed out of his comfort zone after being revealed as “The Duster” on Tuesday night.
“WHAT EXPERIENCE I CANNOT EXPLAIN ABOUT THE MASKED SINGER,” he captioned a photo of himself on the show’s stage.
“It pushed me out of my comfort zone and limits, but most importantly put smiles on my kids’ faces and showed them that in life all you have to do is” have a crack! “”
“What an experience”: He also shared a post on Instagram, admitting he was pushed out of his comfort zone after being revealed as “The Duster” on Tuesday night
Return: In Tuesday’s episode of The Masked Singer Australia, George was exposed as The Duster
George then thanked his former employer for “always believing in him” by offering him the opportunity to appear on the show.
‘A big thank you to Channel Ten who ALWAYS believed in me!’ He concluded.
The Masked Singer marked the return of the former MasterChef judge to Channel Ten following his exit from the cooking show in 2019 over a salary dispute.
Not so happy: A number of fans were less than impressed with his return to TV
Several fans have complained that the cook should not have been offered a return after being fined $ 200,000 for underpaying 515 employees between 2011 and 2017.
One person tweeted, “Pfft George Calombaris doesn’t deserve to come back to our TVs.”
Another wrote: “Nooooooooon sorry George Colombaris Too SOON sorry we did NOT forget or forgive maybe try Reputation Rebate on ABC.”
Another added: “Channel 10, what are you doing putting it on another one of your shows”.
Someone else tweeted: “I hope George didn’t get paid for this appearance… a bit of a double standard otherwise.”
Another wrote: “Where was the sign of your workers’ non-payment?
Scandal: In 2019, the chef made headlines after underpaying his restaurant staff by nearly $ 8 million, for which he paid a huge fine
In 2019, George made headlines after discovering he had underpaid his restaurant staff by nearly $ 8 million.
He was fined for underpaying 515 employees between 2011 and 2017 and will have his business audited for the next three years.
He was also eliminated alongside veteran MasterChef Co-Judges Gary Mehigan and Matt Preston amid controversy and a salary dispute.
“Despite months of negotiations, Ten has not been able to come to a satisfactory trade deal for Matt, Gary and George,” Ten CEO Paul Anderson said in a July 2019 statement.
Out: George was also eliminated alongside veteran MasterChef Co-Judges Gary Mehigan and Matt Preston amid controversy and a salary dispute. Pictured with Gary Mehigan (left) and Matt Preston (center)