TEN drops Sarah Wilson from MasterChef 2

By David Knox on September 11, 2009 / Filed Under News 30

sw1It’s a case of saying what we were all thinking. Yes Sarah Wilson was lovely in MasterChef Australia. But really, what was she given to do?

Now the network has decided she won’t be back for the series in 2010.

The series will be without host.

TEN’s David Mott said, “Sarah Wilson has been an invaluable member of the MasterChef Australia team and she will be missed.

“This decision has been a hard one to make but it became clear the appropriate role for Sarah was not achievable without dramatically changing the format.

“Sarah has an impressive background with abilities that far outweighed her duties on the show. All parties agree another series that limited her input and expertise was not the best outcome.”

A diplomatic Wilson said, “It’s a wonderful, enriching honour to have been part of MasterChef, a show that’s shifted television in such an uplifting and inclusive way. I applaud TEN for bringing the show to Australian screens in the first place, and for making the difficult decision regarding my role.

“I’m incredibly grateful to have played a founding role in the ‘MasterChef effect’, as it’s been dubbed, and will be bringing the same positive dynamic to my next project.”

The announcement, strategically broken late on a Friday afternoon, when its impact will be less analysed, follows Wilson not being returned for Celebrity MasterChef.

Many observed that across the series the judges served as hosting roles, including a key moment when Gary Mehigan stepped in to talk through a moment when a contestant was quitting the show on air. In any other show it would have been the host who led both contestant and audience through this story point.

TEN says it will continue to use Wilson as a guest in shows, but names only The Spearman Experiment.

She is said to be considering another television project, though it isn’t evident if this is with TEN if it happens.

She continues print and radio commitments elsewhere.

30 Comments »

  1. daqua_99 September 12, 2009 at 11:43 pm -

    I hough shewas under-utilised in the show, but she was a great person.

    I’d love to see her host TBL. She seems like the hos that can take a ‘back seat’ and let the focus be on the contestants, whilst adding to the show in ways that don’t necessarily put the spotlight on herself.

  2. Cheryl September 12, 2009 at 6:49 pm -

    Come on Sarah was great.In fact did it with such ease/poise that she made it look easy.Keep in mind she did exactly what she was supposed to do.We should stop and think about the quality and how she “came across”,presented herself and that’s all that matters.Sarah has a great future.master chef 1 was a roaring success,so what the??.

  3. tasmanian devil September 12, 2009 at 5:19 pm -

    I agree with greysfan in that they should get rid of the Thursday night eliminations. This show is about finding the best cook and I wonder if the outcome may have been different if contestants weren’t voted off because they were a bad leader for the team or because they are a threat.

  4. John September 12, 2009 at 4:08 pm -

    Mia Freedman… Lisa Wilkison… Sarah Wilson…

    Any morning show’s, early show’s afternoon show’s or ‘catch-up’s’ in the pipeline and need some panel member/hosts…

    Sarah Wilson’s tv career is taking of… watch this space

  5. Alvin September 12, 2009 at 4:07 pm -

    Sorry guys, I meant she should Host the tbl. LOL.
    She should really host the biggest loser:
    1. she’s nice
    2. unrobotic like ajay
    3. probably understands and doesn’t take over the show.
    Good enough reasons and viewers grew to like her.

  6. Tepee September 12, 2009 at 2:10 pm -

    Nice lady but she didn’t really do much, so it’s a logical decision. As others have said hope TEN gives her other opportunites before Nine or Seven poach her.

  7. gerry September 12, 2009 at 12:42 pm -

    @ Alvin,

    I hope you mean she should ‘host’ The Biggest Loser, as she definitely does not need to be a contestant on it!

  8. Lewis September 12, 2009 at 11:22 am -

    Right move in terms of the show, but it might not be the smartest move given the show’s success. Everything worked so well in Series 1. Changing a winning format is dangerous.

  9. gerry September 12, 2009 at 10:17 am -

    Why fix something that isn’t broken?

  10. Alvin September 12, 2009 at 9:40 am -

    She should be on TBL

  11. frankie fox September 12, 2009 at 9:01 am -

    it seems more people are not getting a gig on masrechef , than are getting a gig on masterchef

  12. JohnP September 12, 2009 at 2:37 am -

    The question is does she have the qualifications to get her on another show? Pretty face “Tick” Ok ;-)

  13. Studley Dudley September 12, 2009 at 2:13 am -

    Sarah needs a role on Underbelly 3, ASAP !!

  14. angelsgal September 12, 2009 at 1:01 am -

    Shame ten did this but i can understand, there were sooo many times i watched the show and just thought wat exactly does she get paid to do, cos Gary did alot of the hosting. If ten were smart theyd make her The Biggest Loser host. There is alot they can do with her, make her part of there new 9am Project, relaunch Big Brother (which im sure im the only person that misses it and wishing they axed Idol instead and have BB on post MC) with Sarah as host. She’d slot into the 7pm Project ok, but we dont want any further career suicides from ten personalities. they could give her her (god ai say it) lifesyle show. I use to love health, wealthy and wise haha. I just hope ten utilise her talent in some way

  15. John September 11, 2009 at 10:47 pm -

    I agree with Mac, top chick but not sure I’m going to notice when she’s not there next year.

  16. Nathan September 11, 2009 at 9:33 pm -

    What a great PR spin…

  17. greysfan September 11, 2009 at 9:31 pm -

    I agree with a few people. At first i thought she was just a host but in fact it kinda made sense to have her there. Even if she didnt do too much it was enough. It did give the female aspect to the show. Now all we get are those 3 bozo judges. Why are they changing it. If anything they need to change the Thursday Night eliminations not the host.

  18. Boy Wonder September 11, 2009 at 9:11 pm -

    If 7 got her for MKR that might save it or at least give it an opportunity for the curiosity factor, people tuning in for her and if it is better than MRR viewers might get hooked?

  19. Jezza of the city September 11, 2009 at 8:38 pm -

    Get real everyone….she was just a wall flower with no impact whatsoever….ch10 have done the right thing by ditching her

  20. ryan September 11, 2009 at 8:06 pm -

    stupid move! a family appeal isnt 3 huge guys! even though i love the 3 judges it was good to see atleast 1 woman in the lot!! now i think one of the judges should go and be replaced by a chick!!!
    she might have not been used much but next they could have though of something to give her to do on the show!!

  21. PD September 11, 2009 at 7:48 pm -

    Sarah was the best host of any Australian reality TV series for the very reason that she didn’t take over the show whenever she appeared. The guests were always the focus and never herself, unfortunately the greatest thing about her may be the very reason she’s been booted. “Not a big enough presence.”

  22. Slmao September 11, 2009 at 7:11 pm -

    Sarah Who!??!?!?

  23. Paull September 11, 2009 at 6:47 pm -

    Maybe Kyle should be the new host…. .. .

  24. Leith September 11, 2009 at 6:44 pm -

    Hopefully somebody utilises her ASAP, she has a wonderful presence on screen!

  25. Harry September 11, 2009 at 6:25 pm -

    I really liked Sarah on the show, I cant believe they kicked her out!

  26. Adam September 11, 2009 at 6:20 pm -

    Not surprising, but now the show is without female input altogether. I’d imagine even Curtis Stone will end up playing a bigger part next season given how heavily they utilised him in the end.

    Seven would be silly to not approach her for My Kitchen Rules. Could it be possible that this was the ‘another television project’ referred to?

  27. Francis September 11, 2009 at 6:15 pm -

    yes!! give her biggest loser host.

    ohh that would be good

  28. George September 11, 2009 at 5:59 pm -

    I’d like to see Sarah get her own show on TEN. I agree with dumping her from the show, because even though she was fantastic, the format didn’t suit a host too well, and in turn she ended up being in the background for most of the show.

  29. Bre Saxs September 11, 2009 at 5:54 pm -

    What a pity, but I must agree, the judges had more involvement, than Sarah.

    Has the new host of the Australian version of the Biggest Loser been announced yet? If not Sarah Wilson would be great on there.

  30. Mac September 11, 2009 at 5:52 pm -

    Agree completely – she’s a top chick but the show hasn’t got the room for her.

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