Channel Seven's Plate of Origin suffers another setback amid contract drama

Channel Seven's Plate of Origin suffers another setback as MasterChef judges Matt Preston and Gary Mehigan 'can no longer be associated with the show due to contractual issues'

By Monique Friedlander For Daily Mail Australia

Published: 03:55 GMT, 8 January 2020 | Updated: 04:26 GMT, 8 January 2020

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Channel Seven's Plate of Origin hasn't even aired yet, but the upcoming cooking show has already suffered another setback. 

Weeks after reports network bosses were second-guessing the show's unfortunate 'POO' acronym, TV Tonight claims that two of the show's hosts, former MasterChef judges Matt Preston and Gary Mehigan, have also hit a contractual snag.  

'For contractual reasons, Seven is now unable to publicly associate Matt Preston and Gary Mehigan with the new show,' the industry website stated.

Issues: Plate of Origin hasn't even aired yet, but Seven's upcoming cooking show has already suffered another setback. Pictured (L-R) Gary Mehigan, Manu Feildel and Matt Preston

Issues: Plate of Origin hasn't even aired yet, but Seven's upcoming cooking show has already suffered another setback. Pictured (L-R) Gary Mehigan, Manu Feildel and Matt Preston

Indeed, Matt and Gary have not been named or pictured in Seven's online casting call for Plate of Origin, and are instead referred to as 'two of the worlds biggest food superstars'.

Manu Feildel, who is the third host Plate of Origin, is mentioned by name and pictured in the casting call, however. 

It is believed the reason for Matt and Gary's absence stems from a non-compete clause in the duo's contracts with their former employer, Network 10.  

Setback: Seven is reportedly unable to publicly associate Matt Preston (pictured) and Gary Mehigan (R) with Plate Of Origin due to 'contractual issues'

Setback Seven is reportedly unable to publicly associate Matt Preston and Gary Mehigan (pictured) with Plate Of Origin due to 'contractual issues'

Setback: Seven is reportedly unable to publicly associate Matt Preston (L) and

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