ENTERTAINMENT
08/02/2019 09:12 GMT | Updated 08/02/2019 09:14 GMT

MasterChef Judges Gregg Wallace And John Torode Say They'd Quit BBC For Right Money

"Tell the bloke at ITV if he wants to double our money – we’re gone."

John Torode and Gregg Wallace may have been making MasterChef on the BBC for 14 years, but it seems they don’t have much loyalty to the broadcaster. 

In a new interview, Gregg has said the pair would jump ship to a rival channel if the money was right.

BBC
John Torode and Gregg Wallace have worked together on MasterChef since 2005

Asked if there had ever been an approach to poach them, he told The Mirror: “No, otherwise we’d have already gone!

“Tell the bloke at ITV if he wants to double our money – we’re gone. Sorry MasterChef, sorry BBC.”

Gregg said that he didn’t feel much love from the network, but said: “I feel appreciated in that they keep on making it. The BBC is so big. I’m not sure which ­department we’re in.” 

While John said he would happily continue making MasterChef for another decade, Gregg was less enthusiastic, telling the paper: “Depends whether I’ve paid off my mortgage and put enough pension pot away.”

Earlier this week, Gregg revealed he and John are still in disagreement over their decision to crown Matt Dawson the winner of the celebrity version in 2006. 

BBC
John and Gregg have said the would go to ITV for the right money

Speaking to the Radio Times, he said: “There’s a disagreement that still rumbles on from Celebrity MasterChef in 2006. We were choosing between Hardeep Singh Kohli and Matt Dawson in the final, and we still disagree now.

“Every now and again I bring it up when I’m feeling irritable.”

While John and Gregg may appear like close friends on screen, it is not the first time they have hinted they are not as chummy as viewers might suspect. 

John told The Mirror in 2017: “It’s funny, we’ve never been friends. We’ve not been to each other’s houses.

“If we do go out for a drink, I’ll invariably be at one end of a big old table and he’ll be at the other.”

John, who actually acted as best man at Gregg’s wedding, later back-peddled on the comments, insisting he had a “great, solid friendship” with Gregg.

Gregg then went on to reveal that his co-host got a slapped wrist from BBC bosses over his comments, who told him to be more “careful” in how he words things in future.

The pair first met when Gregg supplied vegetables to London restaurant Quaglino’s, where John worked as a chef early in his career.

They later began presenting and judging MasterChef when it was revamped by the Beeb in 2005.

Photo gallery TV's 16 Biggest Co-Star Feuds And Fall-Outs See Gallery