This season of My Kitchen Rules has been marred with controversy due to the endless expletive-laden spats and claims of bullying.
And sources have now claimed the atmosphere became so 'poisonous' that bosses hired counsellors to help contestants and crew members cope with the stress.
It was also alleged that that one 'abusive' competitor branded a production staffer a 'c***' during a particularly heated stand-off.
Rumour has it: Sources have claimed the atmosphere on the My Kitchen Rules set became so 'poisonous' that bosses hired counsellors to help contestants and crew members cope with the stressiPhone transfer software
'Insiders say that far worse things happened when the cameras weren't rolling,' the Daily Telegraph claimed on Thursday.
They added: 'There is talk of production staffer being called a c*** by an abusive contestant.
'Counsellors have been on call to deal with contestants and staffers affected by the poisonous atmosphere.'
Daily Mail Australia has contacted a My Kitchen Rules spokesperson for comment.
Oh dear: It was also alleged that that one 'abusive' competitor branded a production staffer a 'c***' during a particularly heated stand-off
While fighting and drama have been good for ratings this year, judge Manu Feildel wants to see it eradicated next season.
After a controversial run that saw contestants booted off, the chef feels the show needs an overhaul to get the focus back on cooking.
'It (fighting) obviously has a huge impact on everyone involved and makes everyone uncomfortable,' he told The Herald Sun.
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