The Seven Network has ignored requests for clarification on the future employment of the embattled presenter.
Pete Evans has weathered many controversies during his time at the Seven Network but this year one thing has changed – he is no longer on a high rating program.
Ratings can offer big stars protection when the media pack is at the door, as the last thing executives want to do is change a winning formula.
But this time when Evans found himself on the receiving end of a $25,000 fine from the Therapeutic Goods Administration, the Seven Network was nowhere to be seen. Evans was fined for promoting a device to his 1.4 million Facebook followers he allegedly claimed could be used in relation to “Wuhan Coronavirus”
According to the TGA it is;
a claim which has no apparent foundation, and which the TGA takes extremely seriously.
And now the network that once weathered the controversies from the host of My Kitchen Rules has suddenly gone quiet.
TV Blackbox has reached out to Seven to find out if the network plans to continue to employ Evans, but all approaches have been ignored.
The news comes as sources suggest MKR will not be back next year and there is speculation the low-rating show will be replaced by Seven’s new cooking show ‘Plate of Origin’.
In fact some sources believe Evans is already gone from the network.
MKR failed to fire this year despite a format change and was beaten soundly by Married At First Sight and Survivor All Stars.
The news comes as high ranking executive Therese Hegerty announced her resignation from Seven Studios. Seven’s Director of Production Andrew Backwell will assume her responsibilities.
Seven has issued a statement to TV Blackbox;
As part of the ongoing transformation of Seven West Media and as a result of the significant financial and operational impact of COVID-19, Therese Hegarty will be stepping down from her role of CEO, Seven Studios.
Therese joined the organisation in 2012 and under her leadership Seven Studios has achieved major milestones in the domestic and international market. These include production commissions and co-productions with global platforms Netflix, Amazon and Facebook among others, as well as significant commissions on tier one platforms including BBC1, resulting in Seven Studios content being seen around the globe.
Current Sydney-based programs include Home and Away, Plate of Origin, Back To The Rafters and Better Homes and Gardens.
Seven West Media Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer James Warburton said: “Therese has been a true asset to the business, delivering a wealth of knowledge and experience during her time at Seven. I’ve enjoyed working with her over the past eight months and wish her all the best for the future.”
Ms Hegarty said: “I have been privileged to work with such an incredible team of talented, generous people, many of whom I am proud to call friends, across the eight years and various roles I have held at Seven.
“I’d like to express my sincere thanks to all of them. I’m very sad to be leaving Seven but look forward to new challenges in the future.”
Therese will remain with the business for an interim period to ensure a smooth transition of Seven Studios as its operations commence reporting to Seven Director of Production Andrew Backwell
Seven is on a mission to cut costs and CEO James Warburton has already said he is open to selling the studios arm, telling the SMH:
“We have been fielding inquiries, so we’ve appointed Morgan Stanley to do a strategic review,”
You can hear more about Pete Evans in the latest episode of the TV Blackbox podcast in the player below.