MATT PRESTON Scoffs at MY KITCHEN RULES Takeover Rumours
Former Masterchef judge Matt Preston has staunchly denied rumours himself, and fellow judge Gary Mehigan are about to be named as new hosts of Seven's My Kitchen Rules.
The popular judge has hit back at claims printed in The Australian's Media Diary suggesting Preston and Mehigan had recently been spotted at Seven's Redfern studios. The article went on to suggest the culinary duo had been recruited by Seven to host a rebooted edition of MKR that would air late 2020. The rumoured move would see existing hosts Manu Feildel and Pete Evans relegated to 'team mentor' roles.
Speaking with news.com.au, Preston was quick to pour cold water on the report;
"I can confirm that I am talking to other networks and producers about new projects for 2020 and beyond," but he went on to add "Taking over MKR as host/judge is not on the agenda! I have too much love for Manu, Colin and Pete to do that!"
Despite being dumped from Masterchef mid-year, the trio of Matt Preston, Gary Mehigan and George Calombaris remain under contract to 10 until the end of 2019. Additionally, a non-compete clause in their contracts prevents them from working with another Australian broadcaster for a further six months.
While working in Australia is off the agenda for now, the trio remains hugely popular in India and are keen to continue developing TV formats for the international market.
Preston telling news.com.au;
"The feedback we have all received in person on our travels and online from so many of the 20 million fans around the world who loved watching the 'three musketeers' on TV confirms that we'd be mad not to continue making TV together overseas for the international market,"
"This is something we all look forward to doing when the time is right."