Sonya and Hadil are off the show but the con­tro­versy con­tin­ues...

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It was the h most ex­plo­sive l i episode of My Kitchen Rules in its nine-year his­tory, re­sult­ing in one team – Jor­da­nian friends Sonya and Hadil – be­ing “ex­cused from the ta­ble”.

But while Manu Feildel claims he and fel­low judge Pete Evans stepped in be­cause they were wor­ried “knives” might be thrown h b be­tween the h““volatile” l il ” con­tes­tants, sources say a string of ex­plo­sive emails tell an en­tirely dif­fer­ent story.

Ac­cord­ing to in­sid­ers, the emails, be­lieved to be sent by Pete and Manu, could “blow the whole show wide open and re­veal the truth about the ex­tent of the pro­duc­ers’ dirty tricks once and for all”.

“If the h emails il got leaked, l kd it could leave some of the top peo­ple within the show look­ing very bad,” says our source.

And it’s not just the emails caus­ing con­cern. Ac­cord­ing to our in­sider, the an­gry con­tes­tants are at break­ing point and have been hold­ing se­cret meet­ings to dis­cuss ways t they can get re­venge on t the show’s pro­duc­ers.

“The con­tes­tants are n near mutiny and are p plan­ning to do a full ex­posé to re­veal just how h bad it re­ally is be­hind b the scenes.”

It’s lit­tle won­der Sonya and Hadil – who’ve told friends Manu’s claims that one of them apol­o­gised to him aren’t true – have haave kick kicked off on so­cial me­dia, in­sist­ing the pro­duc­tion team had it in for them long be­fore their on-air bust-up, and even chose to edit out their cook­ing achieve­ments on air.

“How per­fect for rat­ings to see 2 strong women who topped the leader­board and then went on to re­ceive 6 dishes of the day from the judges (which were stripped

from us by not be­ing aired) and be kicked down and dragged through the mud by pro­duc­ers? The per­fect recipe for MKR rat­ings!” the pair vented on their joint In­sta­gram ac­count.

“We’ve been ex­tremely dis­ap­pointed with our ex­pe­ri­ence and treat­ment by the show,” they added. “No one would have any idea what we’ve gone through. Imag­ine how we feel watch­ing the episodes back when [they] have been ex­tremely tam­pered with (the amount of edit­ing is in­sane). We own ev­ery­thing we’ve said and there will never be an apol­ogy from us with re­gards to our be­hav­iour as we didn’t do any­thing wrong. Peo­ple will see this one day, when we are given a chance to speak the truth.”

This isn’t the first time the show’s con­tes­tants have re­ported feel­ing ma­nip­u­lated. Last year, the se­ries’ vil­lain Josh “Seafood King” Meeuwis­sen claimed he was “black­mailed” by pro­duc­ers.

“They [pro­duc­ers] were say­ing if I didn’t do cer­tain things, they were go­ing to por­tray that dif­fer­ently... and they were telling me how they were go­ing to edit it un­less I played ball,” he told ra­dio’s Kyle and Jackie O.

“Sev­eral teams were heav­ily pres­sured into an­swer­ing ques­tions by pro­duc­ers, who threat­ened teams that they wouldn’t be al­lowed to leave the in­ter­view room un­til they said a par­tic­u­lar thing.”

‘There will never be an apol­ogy... we didn’t do any­thing wrong’

Hadil and Sonya say they are “ex­tremely dis­ap­pointed” with their treat­ment on the cook­ing show.

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