Anger as former MasterChef judge George Calombaris returns to Channel Ten on The Masked Singer

Anger as former MasterChef judge George Calombaris returns to Channel Ten on The Masked Singer – with outraged fans insisting he didn’t deserve a comeback after being caught underpaying staff


On Tuesday’s episode of The Masked Singer Australia, George Calombaris was unmasked as The Duster. 

It marked the former MasterChef judge’s return to Channel Ten after his exist from the cooking show over a pay dispute. 

But not everyone was happy to see him, with many fans of the show posting their thoughts on social media. 

Back: On Tuesday's episode of The Masked Singer Australia, George Calombaris (pictured) was unmasked as The Duster

Back: On Tuesday’s episode of The Masked Singer Australia, George Calombaris (pictured) was unmasked as The Duster

Several complained that the cook shouldn’t have been offered a comeback after he was fined $200,000 for underpaying 515 staff between 2011 and 2017.

One person Tweeted: ‘Pfft George Calombaris doesn’t deserve to be back on our TVs’. 

Another wrote:  ‘Noooooooo sorry George Colombaris Too SOON sorry we have NOT forgotten or forgiven maybe try reputation rehab on the ABC.’ 

Return: It marked the former MasterChef judge's return to Channel Ten after his exist from the cooking show over a pay dispute

Return: It marked the former MasterChef judge’s return to Channel Ten after his exist from the cooking show over a pay dispute

One more added: ‘Channel 10 what are you doing putting him in another one of your shows’. 

Someone else Tweeted: ‘I hope George didn’t get paid for this appearance… bit of a double standard otherwise’, 

Another wrote: ‘Where was the clue about not paying your workers?’

Complains: Several complained that the cook shouldn't have been offered a comeback after he was fined $200,000 for underpaying 515 staff between 2011 and 2017

Complains: Several complained that the cook shouldn’t have been offered a comeback after he was fined $200,000 for underpaying 515 staff between 2011 and 2017

Yet one more said: ‘Shame on you @Channel10AU for bringing George Calombaris back to TV on The Masked Singer.

‘Way to sprinkle salt into the wounds of hospitality staff, especially during NSW and VIC lockdowns.’

In 2019, the chef made headlines after he was found to have underpaid his restaurant staff by nearly $8million.

Scandal: In 2019, the chef made headlines after he was found to have underpaid his restaurant staff by nearly $8million

Scandal: In 2019, the chef made headlines after he was found to have underpaid his restaurant staff by nearly $8million

He was fined for underpaying 515 staff between 2011 and 2017 and will have his business audited for the next three years.  

He was also axed alongside veteran MasterChef co-judges Gary Mehigan and Matt Preston amid the controversy and a pay dispute. 

‘Despite months of negotiations, Ten has not been able to reach a commercial agreement that was satisfactory to Matt, Gary and George,’ Ten’s CEO Paul Anderson said in a statement in July 2019.

Out: He was also axed alongside veteran MasterChef co-judges Gary Mehigan and Matt Preston amid the controversy and a pay dispute. Pictured with Gary Mehigan (left) and Matt Preston (centre)

Out: He was also axed alongside veteran MasterChef co-judges Gary Mehigan and Matt Preston amid the controversy and a pay dispute. Pictured with Gary Mehigan (left) and Matt Preston (centre)


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