GEORGE CALOMBARIS to explain 'Wage-Theft' saga and MasterChef departure in LEIGH SALES 7:30 Interview

George Calombaris
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In a 7.30 exclusive, celebrity chef George Calombaris sits down with Leigh Sales to explain for the first time how his business underpaid staff by nearly $8 million.

The interview promises to also delve into the truth behind his departure from Network Ten’s MasterChef.

Earlier this month, Calombaris' company was hit with a $200,000 ‘contrition payment’ by the Fair Work Ombudsmen for underpaying more than 500 staff, and had to pay back $7,832,953 of wages and superannuation to current and former staff.

The Attorney-General, Christian Porter, hit out at what he described as ‘wage theft,’ calling it ‘deplorable.’

In an interview to air on Wednesday, for the first time publicly Calombaris tells 7.30 anchor Leigh Sales he ‘takes full responsibility’ for the scandal.

George Calombaris, Wednesday 31 July on ABC TV’s 7.30.