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Seven ends relationship with controversial TV chef Pete Evans

Seven has ended its relationship with controversial ‘health guru’ and celebrity chef Pete Evans.

Mumbrella understands the split, first reported by TV Blackbox, was amicable, with Evans leaving to focus on other ventures. He will still appear in some episodes of Seven programs that have already been filmed but it’s understood he will not take part in any further filming.

It isn’t yet known what the plan is for the 2021 season of My Kitchen Rules which Evans hosts alongside Colin Fassnidge and Manu Feildel. The 2020 season already saw a change in the format with Evans acting as an impartial judge between team leaders Fassnidge and Feildel. It’s understood Evans’ MKR contract was worth $800,000.

Evans has made it hard for Seven to stand by him in recent years. Evans has been outspoken on social media about his beliefs, including making strong statements against vaccinations and spruiking a $15,000 lamp which he claimed could cure COVID-19.

He has been with the network since 2010 and fronted MKR for 11 seasons. During that time his personal brand has become increasingly concerning, including publishing a recipe for bone broth which was pulled over concerns it could be harmful for children and suggesting users of electronics would need to purchase ‘earthing mats’ to protect themselves from the devices.

In recent days Evans has been outspoken regarding NRL players, opposing the suggestion they be forced to get the flu vaccine as they prepare to return to play during the COVID-19 pandemic and suggesting Australians should choose ‘staying healthy’ over a potential vaccine against the deadly virus.

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