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MasterChef: Ben Ungermann suddenly disappears for Katy Perry's episode

por Maureen Elkins (2020-10-09)


1234.pngBen Ungermann was noticeably absent from Thursday night's immunity challenge on MasterChef Australia: Back to Win.

Eagle-eyed fans scanned the gantry for the muscular chef, eventually coming to the conclusion he had been 'kicked off' the show after his arrest during filming.

Some viewers were baffled by the lack of acknowledgement that he'd gone, while others said they would miss their favourite contestant. 






Where did he go? Ben Ungermann was noticeably absent from Thursday night's immunity challenge on MasterChef Australia: Back to Win


'Okay but tea time - where is Ben? Has he been kicked off?' one fan tweeted. 

'I'm trying to scan the gantry to see him... I wonder if his absence will be explained on the show?' another asked. 






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'I'm very sad. Regardless of the reason why Ben had to leave I know it's coming. It's like waiting for the other shoe to fall,' a third viewer wrote on Facebook.

'I will admit in his original season I thought of him as "the ice cream guy", a one-note wonder. But this time around I've fallen in love with his talent in all areas. I wish him all the best in life.' 






































'Best wishes to Ben': Eagle-eyed fans scanned the gantry for the muscular chef, eventually coming to the conclusion he had been 'kicked off' the show after his arrest during filming


'The incident with him must have happened [before the episode was filmed]. Such a shame and it's Katy night,' a disappointed fan wrote.

Another joked: 'Channel 10 confirmed he was on a "toilet break" the whole time. They called me last night and told me.' 

Fans are eagerly awaiting Sunday's episode to see whether Ben returns, or if his exit from the competition will be addressed. 






'The incident with him must have happened': Viewers concluded that Ben's arrest must have happened right before Katy Perry (centre right) filmed her guest appearance. Pictured with judges Andy Allen (left), Melissa Leong (centre left) and Jock Zonfrillo (right)


It comes after MasterChef producers reportedly held crisis talks in March following Ben's arrest over a personal matter during filming.

Executives called the show's editors into an 'emergency meeting' and told them to 'cut him out the best you can', according to New Idea. 

The incident apparently came as a shock to network bosses, with a source saying: 'No one could have imagined something like that would ever happen.'












Emergency meeting: It comes after MasterChef producers reportedly held crisis talks in March following Ben's arrest over a personal matter during filming














Ben himself has acknowledged his infrequent appearances on screen, saying in an Instagram post that 'it's up to MasterChef' what happens in the editing suite. 

News of Ben's arrest surfaced on March 24, prompting a spokesperson for Endemol Shine to issue a brief statement to the media.

'We can confirm Ben Ungermann has left the MasterChef Australia competition. As this is a police matter, we will not be making further comment.'

MasterChef continues Sunday at 7.30pm on Channel 10






Edited out: Ben himself has acknowledged his infrequent appearances on screen, saying 'it's up to MasterChef' what happens in the editing suite