Masterchef host Greg Wallace 'axed' from food show after brawl
Gregg Wallace’s brawl with Cotswold Style publisher Paul Bates has reportedly cost the Masterchef presenter a job at the BBC Good Food Show.
The Mirror reported that Wallace, 48, is facing a series of sanctions after drunkenly punching Mr Bates at the Wood Norton Hotel in Evesham.
It means that Wallace’s Masterchef co-host, John Torode, will appear solo at the food show in Glasgow next month.
The Mirror also reported that Wallace will not do interviews for a new BBC food show.
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A BBC spokesman said: “Gregg is unable to attend Good Food Show Scotland. He will, however, attend the BBC Good Food Show Winter and BBC Good Food Show London later in the year.”
Mr Wallace had claimed that Mr Bates had pinched his girlfriend Anne-Marie Sterpini's bottom at the event last month.
Around 80 diners had paid up to £225 to attend the event , billed as Dinner With Gregg Wallace, which included a five-course meal and champagne reception.
Speaking after the incident, Bates said that the incident had come out of the blue.
“I had my daughter with me for the evening. We had dinner and Gregg was the guest of honour. We adjourned to the bar and I was chatting with his girlfriend,” he said.
“Out of the blue, he just turned on me and pushed me across the room and I fell on a table.
“But later, Gregg gave me an apology and we had a couple of whiskies together. It was something and nothing.”
Wallace told the Daily Mail: "Anne-Marie was uncomfortable when a man made some inappropriate comments and touched her. She is a quiet and unassumming woman and she was close to tears. Her expression was one of bewilderment at how to deal with the situation.
"She really is a lovely lady and I took exception to her being made to feel as she did. I'm not condoning violence at all, my first reaction was to defend her."