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Matt Moran Signs Exclusive Deal With Ten And Masterchef

Matt Moran is now exclusive to Channel Ten after recently signing a contract with the network and it is expected that he has a larger role on Masterchef Australia.

The signing occurred after it was rumoured Channel Seven were wanting him to be one of the three iron chefs. reports:

Moran, who has appeared as a guest throughout its two seasons, will now take on a much larger role on the mega-rating show.

It is understood he will also be utilised in other network programs, like Good News Week and The 7pm Project.

The deal comes after Seven made a major play for the popular ARIA owner in the hope of snaffling him for one of the three chef spots on their local production of Iron Chef.

Moran’s new deal will now make him off limits to rival networks – a blow to Seven’s morning television programs which, aware of his appeal to female viewers, often feature him in regular cooking segments.

But perhaps more interesting is the rumour that Moran’s signing with Ten comes as his fellow MasterChef judges Matt Preston and Gary Mehigan are currently still in negotiations with the network over certain aspects of their contracts.

It’s understood the pair are holding out for more money – a stand-off which is not going down too well with Ten bosses who, according to one source, used the Moran signing as a clear message that “no one is indispensable”.

Interesting that George Calombaris has been the only judge to sign a contract. I am sure Gary Mehigan and Matt Preston will fall into line soon, as without Masterchef all their other deals will fall over.


1 Wurstsemmel { 09.08.10 at 7:54 pm }

Looks like he struck a better deal than Manu Feildel who turned up in ‘Beat the Star’ or whatever that crap was last night. Even as a Manu-watcher, this was stretching it.

2 Reality Raver { 09.08.10 at 10:08 pm }

Matt definitely dodged a bullet on that one, he wouldn’t look great in a red polyester track suit either.

3 Clover { 09.09.10 at 11:04 am }

Arena are advertising Top Chef as starting at 6.30pm this Sunday, even though the program guide says 7.30.

So guess they’ve twigged they’re best not going up against Kiddie Chef and the Pot of Godl Talent Quest aka Nobody Here has any X Factor.

4 Reality Raver { 09.09.10 at 2:33 pm }

Yikes better double check the time as I don’t want to miss it.

5 Pollywaffle { 09.10.10 at 7:37 pm }

Oh my, I hope poor Gary and Matt dont go on a hunger strike over it

6 Jaime { 09.24.10 at 1:38 pm }

I think Matt Moran is an obnoxious wank. Not suitable for television. Perhaps better off behind closed doors doing what he does best…. cooking.