Controversial chef Peter Evans axed as Channel 7 seeks to cut ties

After returning to Channel 7 for its eleventh season, My Kitchen Rules was struggling to keep viewers interesting after competing with reality TV shows such as Married at First Sight.

The dive in viewership sparked rumours of cancellation early in the season, and according to TV Blackbox, the show has finally been given the axe.

This means that controversial judge Pete Evans is leaving the Seven Network in what is said to be a “amicable mutual decision”.

Evans has gained continuous criticism from fans over health advice he’s given as part of his alternative and paleo lifestyle.

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 The celebrity chef was also fined $25,000 from the Therapeutic Goods Administration for promoting a device that could help protect against coronavirus.

The device, called “BioCharge” had Evans claiming that it’s “programmed with a thousand different recipes and there’s a couple in there for the Wuhan coronavirus”.

The company responsible for the device then came out with a statement saying that “the BioCharger NG is not a medical device”.

Evans is rumoured to be focusing on expanding his ‘alternative lifestyle’ empire, which includes producing books and documentaries.

Fans of Manu needn’t worry however, as he is remaining with Channel 7 and moving onto their new cooking show Plate of Origin with ex-Masterchef judges Matt Preston and Gary Mehigan later this year.

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This article originally appeared on Over60.