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My Kitchen Rules judge Pete Evans QUITS Channel Seven after 10 years

Pete Evans, the My Kitchen Rules judge whose alternative health advocacy has outraged doctors, led to official sanctions and inspired a devoted following of like-minded crusaders, has reportedly departed Channel Seven after 10 years.

The celebrity chef, 47, recently came to a ‘mutual’ and ‘amicable’ decision to leave the network, according to respected industry website TV Blackbox.

Evans is understood to be happy with his newfound independence and reportedly plans to expand his ‘alternative lifestyle empire’ by marketing books, documentaries and other merchandise.

It comes amid rumours My Kitchen Rules will not be returning for a twelfth series next year after its latest season, MKR: The Rivals, flopped in the ratings.

Daily Mail Australia has contacted Evans and Channel Seven’s publicity department for comment but has yet to receive a response.

Parting ways: Pete Evans, the My Kitchen Rules host whose alternative health advocacy has outraged doctors, led to official sanctions and inspired a devoted following of like-minded crusaders, has reportedly departed Channel Seven after 10 years. Pictured in January 2013

News of Evans’ alleged departure follows weeks of silence from Seven regarding the controversial host’s employment status.

The broadcaster had been ignoring questions from journalists about Evans after he was fined $25,500 by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) for promoting a lamp he claimed could help treat coronavirus.

Tellingly, there was no statement issued from a network spokesperson when he was slapped with the fine last month.

Meanwhile, Seven is going ahead with a new cooking format called Plate of Origin, starring Evans’ former MKR sidekick, Manu Feildel, and ex-MasterChef judges Matt Preston and Gary Mehigan.

Exit: The celebrity chef recently came to a 'mutual' and 'amicable' decision to leave the network, according to industry website TV Blackbox. Pictured with Manu Feildel (left)

Exit: The celebrity chef recently came to a ‘mutual’ and ‘amicable’ decision to leave the network, according to industry website TV Blackbox. Pictured with Manu Feildel (left)

New direction: It comes amid rumours My Kitchen Rules will not be returning for a twelfth series next year after its latest season, MKR: The Rivals, flopped in the ratings

New direction: It comes amid rumours My Kitchen Rules will not be returning for a twelfth series next year after its latest season, MKR: The Rivals, flopped in the ratings

Replacement: Seven is going ahead with a new cooking format called Plate of Origin, starring Evans' former MKR sidekick, Manu Feildel (centre), and ex-MasterChef judges Matt Preston (right) and Gary Mehigan (left)

Replacement: Seven is going ahead with a new cooking format called Plate of Origin, starring Evans’ former MKR sidekick, Manu Feildel (centre), and ex-MasterChef judges Matt Preston (right) and Gary Mehigan (left)

While Evans has yet to comment on his reported departure from Seven, he hinted at an upcoming announcement on Instagram on Wednesday.

‘The future is looking freakin bright and we have some exciting news to share very soon,’ he wrote alongside a photo of himself in a wetsuit on a surfing trip.

Evans also revealed on Tuesday that he was working on a new cookbook focusing on ‘immunity-boosting recipes’. 

Inside Pete Evans’ history of controversy – including bizarre claims the Paleo diet can prevent autism and advising against wearing sunscreen – after he was fined for promoting a ‘healing lamp’ he claimed could treat the ‘Wuhan virus’ 

Evans was fined $25,200 earlier this month for promoting a lamp that he claimed could help treat coronavirus.

But it wasn’t the first time he had found himself in hot water over his bizarre theories and unscientific claims.

From questionable diet advice to strange ideas about health and wellness, Daily Mail Australia takes a look at Evans’ long history of controversy.

It’s also worth noting that while Evans has drawn the ire of scientists with his views, he has a devoted following in the alternative health space and is regarded by some as a martyr who sacrificed mainstream acceptability in order to preach ‘the truth’.

Divisive: Evans (pictured in 2013) was fined $25,200 earlier this month for promoting a lamp that he claimed could help treat coronavirus - but it wasn't the first time he had found himself in hot water over his bizarre theories and unscientific claims

Divisive: Evans (pictured in 2013) was fined $25,200 earlier this month for promoting a lamp that he claimed could help treat coronavirus – but it wasn’t the first time he had found himself in hot water over his bizarre theories and unscientific claims

October 2014: Evans claims the Paleo diet can prevent autism

In October 2014, Evans posted a 2,100-word rant on Facebook bizarrely claiming that the modern Australian diet was behind the rise in autism.

Evans took aim at the Heart Foundation and the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) while promoting the supposed benefits of the Paleo diet. 

‘Why has our rate of autism jumped from 1 in 10,000 children in 1974, to 1 in 50 in 2014? Where do you think it will be in another 40 years if it is escalating at this rate? This has grown rapidly since the guidelines have been in place!’ he wrote.

History of Pete Evans’ controversies

October 2014: Evans claims the Paleo diet can prevent autism

March 2015: His book is pulled from shelves due to its bone broth recipe for infants

July 2016: Evans claims vegan women should eat meat during pregnancy, advises against wearing ‘normal’ sunscreen, and claims Wi-Fi is ‘dangerous’ 

August 2016: He says osteoporosis suffers shouldn’t eat dairy

September 2016: Evans claims camel milk could supplement breastfeeding 

April 2017: Evans campaigns against the ‘mass fluoridation of public water’

December 2018: Evans reveals he looks directly into the sun

April 2020Evans’ ketogenic recipe book is slammed by health professionals and he is fined for promoting his ‘healing lamp’ 

Among the experts who slammed Evans’ claims at the time was renowned autism expert Professor Cheryl Dissanayake. 

‘There is absolutely no evidence that diet is the cause of autism,’ Professor Dissanayake said. 

WHAT IS THE PALEO DIET? 

Sometimes referred to as the ‘Caveman Diet,’ the Paleo diet advocates eating unprocessed foods that our ancestors would have eaten in the Paleolithic era.

WHAT DOES IT INCLUDE? 

Eating vegetables, berries, nuts and lean meats while discarding dairy, grains, caffeine, alcohol and refined sugars.

WHAT DO PROFESSIONALS THINK? 

Despite the growing popularity of the diet, some medical professionals have spoken out against it, saying those who practice it can miss out on some essential vitamins and nutrients.

March 2015: Evans’ book is pulled from shelves due to its bone broth recipe for infants

Evans’ Paleo cookbook for children, Bubba Yum Yum, was pulled from shelves in March 2015.

An expert claimed the book’s bone broth recipe for infants could kill a baby due to its high vitamin A content.

The Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) released a statement saying that the book could lead to the deaths of children across the country.

Pulled: Evans' Paleo cookbook for children, Bubba Yum Yum, was pulled from shelves in March 2015 after an expert claimed the book's bone broth recipe could potentially kill infants

Pulled: Evans’ Paleo cookbook for children, Bubba Yum Yum, was pulled from shelves in March 2015 after an expert claimed the book’s bone broth recipe could potentially kill infants

‘In my view, there’s a very real possibility that a baby may die if this book goes ahead,’ said Professor Heather Yeatman, president of the PHAA. 

Evans instead published the book independently online.

July 2016: Evans claims vegan women should eat meat during pregnancy

Evans angered fans on Facebook in July 2016 by telling women not to follow a vegan diet if they ‘are wanting to reproduce’. 

However, health experts warned the public not to follow Evans’ advice without doing their own research.

'I wouldn't recommend it to anyone': Evans angered fans on Facebook in July 2016 when he told women not to follow a vegan diet if they 'are wanting to reproduce'

‘I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone’: Evans angered fans on Facebook in July 2016 when he told women not to follow a vegan diet if they ‘are wanting to reproduce’

‘The guy is dangerous. Pete Evans is a cook, he is not an anthropologist,’ Robyn Chuter of Empower Total Health told Daily Mail Australia at the time. 

Despite the criticism, Evans didn’t back down from his position.

‘The most sensible approach to pregnancy is a diet filled with animal fats and protein,’ he said at the time. 

July 2016: Evans advises against wearing ‘normal’ sunscreen  

Evans infamously discouraged fans from wearing ‘normal sunscreen’ in July 2016, claiming it was filled with ‘poisonous chemicals’. 

‘The silly thing is people put on normal chemical sunscreen then lay out in the sun for hours on end and think that they are safe because they have covered themselves in poisonous chemicals, which is a recipe for disaster as we are witnessing these days,’ he wrote on Facebook at the time.

‘We need to respect the sun but not hide from it either as it is so beneficial for us, but use common sense. The goal is always never to burn yourself.’ 

'We need to respect the sun but not hide from it': Evans infamously discouraged fans from wearing 'normal sunscreen' in July 2016, claiming it was filled with 'poisonous chemicals'

‘We need to respect the sun but not hide from it’: Evans infamously discouraged fans from wearing ‘normal sunscreen’ in July 2016, claiming it was filled with ‘poisonous chemicals’

Evans, who admitted he used ‘generally nothing’ for sun protection, enraged skin cancer experts with his remarks.

A year later he clarified his comments on Sunday Night, saying: ‘A lot of sunscreens are full of toxic chemicals that you would not put on your face or on your kids’ faces.

‘So I’ve never said, “Don’t use sunscreen.” I’ve said [to] make sure you choose one that’s the least toxic that’s out there.’

July 2016: Evans claims Wi-Fi is ‘dangerous’ 

In July 2016, the outspoken chef revealed he keeps his Internet switched off when he’s not using it due to fears Wi-Fi can cause health issues.

Bizarre routine: In July 2016, the outspoken chef revealed he keeps his Internet switched off when he's not using it due to fears Wi-Fi can cause health issues

Bizarre routine: In July 2016, the outspoken chef revealed he keeps his Internet switched off when he’s not using it due to fears Wi-Fi can cause health issues 

‘We turn off Wi-Fi at night at home and have our house EMF [electromagnetic field] friendly,’ he wrote on Facebook in response to a fan’s question about the supposed ‘dangers of Wi-Fi’.

‘If people have not educated themselves on this yet, then I urge them to do so as well. EMFs are causing a lot of issues for people,’ he added.

In November 2016, Evans said he uses ‘Earthing mats’ to fight what he believes are the ‘dangerous’ electromagnetic fields caused by Wi-Fi.

Oddball: In November 2016, Evans said he uses 'Earthing mats' to fight what he believes are the 'dangerous' electromagnetic fields caused by Wi-Fi

Oddball: In November 2016, Evans said he uses ‘Earthing mats’ to fight what he believes are the ‘dangerous’ electromagnetic fields caused by Wi-Fi 

‘When you’re sitting at your computer, you put your feet onto a little mat and it sort of, potentially, negates any of the Wi-Fi issues and reconnects you to the Earth,’ he told The Age, adding: ‘So that to me sounds like, wow, that’s a positive thing.’ 

Prominent American clinical neurologist Steven Novella slammed the theory in a blog post, writing: ‘This is just one of many pseudosciences that fits into the “just make s**t up” category.’

August 2016: Evans claims osteoporosis suffers shouldn’t eat dairy

Evans was slammed in August 2016 for dishing out unqualified medical advice when he told a woman with osteoporosis to stop consuming dairy.

The advice appears to be opposite to the common medical direction that dairy products help protect against the disease, which results in brittle and fragile bones due to vitamin D and calcium deficiencies.

'Most doctors don't know this information': Evans was slammed in August 2016 for dishing out unqualified medical advice when he told a woman with osteoporosis to stop consuming dairy

‘Most doctors don’t know this information’: Evans was slammed in August 2016 for dishing out unqualified medical advice when he told a woman with osteoporosis to stop consuming dairy

He gave the advice to a follower during one of his Facebook Q&A sessions. 

The woman wrote: ‘I have been diagnosed with osteoporosis. My doctor insists that medication is the only way. Can Paleo help?’

Evans responded: ‘I would strongly suggest removing dairy and eat the Paleo way as calcium from dairy can remove the calcium from your bones… Most doctors do not know this information.’

Quirky couple: Evans and his wife, Nicola Robinson (left), have raised eyebrows over the years by documenting themselves doing bizarre rituals, including spiritual tea ceremonies

Quirky couple: Evans and his wife, Nicola Robinson (left), have raised eyebrows over the years by documenting themselves doing bizarre rituals, including spiritual tea ceremonies

The woman behind it all! Former Playboy model Nicola (pictured on the runway in 2009) is said to have introduced Evans to the Paleo diet when they started dating in 2011

The woman behind it all! Former Playboy model Nicola (pictured on the runway in 2009) is said to have introduced Evans to the Paleo diet when they started dating in 2011 

Evans was slammed by Professor Peter Ebeling, an endocrinologist and medical director of Osteoporosis Australia, who told The Daily Telegraph: ‘He shouldn’t be saying these things. It’s really bad and just not true.

‘The keystone to preventing osteoporosis is adequate calcium intake and this is achieved by three [daily] serves of calcium-rich foods like dairy. Dairy is the most easily available source and has the highest calcium content in it.’ 

September 2016: Evans says camel milk can replace breastfeeding 

Evans stirred up controversy in September 2016 when he claimed that camel milk was ‘nearly identical in its total composition to human milk’ and could ‘supplement regular breastfeeding’.

In a post on his website, he said camel milk was ‘expensive and a bit hard to come by but is generally safe from an immune reactive standpoint’. 

More claims: Evans stirred up controversy in September 2016 when he claimed that camel milk was 'nearly identical in its total composition to human milk' and could 'supplement regular breastfeeding'. He is pictured with his children, Indii, 11, and Chilli Evans, 14, whom he shares with his ex-wife, Astrid Edlinger

More claims: Evans stirred up controversy in September 2016 when he claimed that camel milk was ‘nearly identical in its total composition to human milk’ and could ‘supplement regular breastfeeding’. He is pictured with his children, Indii, 11, and Chilli Evans, 14, whom he shares with his ex-wife, Astrid Edlinger

‘[Camel milk] may prove useful where supplementing regular breastfeeding might be necessary, as well as a non-immune reactive dairy alternative,’ the post continued. 

However, the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) said camel milk could cause kidney damage in infants because of its high protein content.

April 2017: Evans campaigns against the ‘mass fluoridation of public water’

Evans raised eyebrows again in April 2017 when he posted a photo to Instagram of water flowing out of a tap and forming the poison symbol.

In the accompanying caption, he shared his concerns over the ‘mass fluoridation of public water’.

'I am concerned': Evans raised eyebrows again in April 2017 when he posted this photo to Instagram of water flowing out of a tap and forming the poison symbol. In the accompanying caption, he shared his concerns over the 'mass fluoridation of public water'

‘I am concerned’: Evans raised eyebrows again in April 2017 when he posted this photo to Instagram of water flowing out of a tap and forming the poison symbol. In the accompanying caption, he shared his concerns over the ‘mass fluoridation of public water’

‘I am concerned about mass fluoridation of public water, and I strongly believe that if people want to add fluoride to their drinking water then they should, but it should be a choice that each person has the ability and the right to make for their own household,’ he wrote. 

Fluoride is added to water to prevent tooth decay and is endorsed by Australian medical bodies.

It wasn’t the first time Evans had expressed such views, as he’d supported a Western Australian anti-fluoride group in 2014.

Making his beliefs known: It wasn't the first time Evans had expressed such views, as he'd supported a Western Australian anti-fluoride group in 2014 (pictured)

Making his beliefs known: It wasn’t the first time Evans had expressed such views, as he’d supported a Western Australian anti-fluoride group in 2014 (pictured)

December 2018: Evans reveals he looks into the sun

Evans was slammed in December 2018 when he revealed that he looks directly into the sun and takes a swim daily for ‘free medicine’. 

He shared a photo to social media of himself sitting on a cliff after a dip in the ocean, drenched in sunlight.

He captioned his post: ‘Every day I love to immerse myself in an experience within the cleansing ocean water as well as a brief gaze into the radiant light of the early rising or late setting sun.’

Sunlight saga: Evans was slammed in December 2018 when he revealed that he looks directly into the sun and takes a swim daily for 'free medicine'

Sunlight saga: Evans was slammed in December 2018 when he revealed that he looks directly into the sun and takes a swim daily for ‘free medicine’

‘These simple, yet powerful practices have got to be two of the best forms of free medicine on the planet for body, mind and spirit.’ 

The Australian Medical Association blasted Evans’ post, tweeting: ‘We’re getting a little tired of saying this but: please don’t follow advice from Pete Evans. Especially if he’s suggesting you “gaze” at the sun.’ 

In response, Evans said he was being unfairly targeted by the AMA, writing on Facebook: ‘They’ve singled me out for enjoying a sunrise and being in great health!’

April 2020: His ketogenic recipe book is slammed by health professionals

Evans’ Easy Keto Dinners: 60+ Simple Keto Meals for Any Night of the Week was released in February this year.

Two months later, the cookbook was criticised for its promotion of the ketogenic diet and for prioritising meat over carbs and dairy.

A number of health professionals shared their concerns about the book to the Herald Sun, including VicHealth CEO Dr Sandro Demaio.

Slammed: Evans' Easy Keto Dinners: 60+ Simple Keto Meals for Any Night of the Week was released in February this year. Two months later, the cookbook was criticised for its promotion of the ketogenic diet and for prioritising meat over carbs and dairy

Slammed: Evans’ Easy Keto Dinners: 60+ Simple Keto Meals for Any Night of the Week was released in February this year. Two months later, the cookbook was criticised for its promotion of the ketogenic diet and for prioritising meat over carbs and dairy

Dr Demaio said he was concerned that people following a ‘carnivore ketogenic’ diet could miss out on important nutrients.

‘This is not a sustainable and accessible approach for most of us and can lead to people not getting enough nutrients in their diets,’ he said.

‘When it comes to health, it’s recommended people get dietary advice from a reputable source like a health expert — rather than a celebrity chef.’ 

WHAT IS THE KETO DIET? 

The ketogenic diet is basically a low-carb, high-fat way of eating.

Following this eating plan forces the body into a metabolic state, known as ketosis, which starves the body of carbohydrates but not calories.

Carbs are shunned in the keto diet as they cause the body to produce glucose, which is used as energy over fat.

WHAT DOES IT INCLUDE?   

Meat, leafy greens and most vegetables, full-fat dairy, nuts and seeds, avocados and berries, and fats such as coconut oil.

WHAT DOES IT EXCLUDE?  

Grains including rice and wheat, sugar like honey and maple syrup, most fruit, white or sweet potatoes.

WHAT DO PROFESSIONALS THINK?

Some medical professionals have warned that those who follow the ketogenic diet may be missing out on some of the healthiest foods in the world.

April 2020: Evans is fined for promoting ‘healing lamp’ that he claimed could help cure the ‘Wuhan virus’

In April, Evans was fined $25,200 by the Therapeutic Goods Administration for promoting a lamp that he bizarrely claimed could help treat coronavirus.

The Therapeutic Goods Administration issued two infringement notices to his company for alleged breaches of the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989.

The celebrity chef live-streamed a video on Facebook on April 9 claiming a ‘BioCharger’ device could be used in relation to ‘Wuhan Coronavirus’.

The TGA said the claims had no foundation in science. 

Fined: In April, Evans was fined $25,200 for promoting a lamp that he bizarrely claimed could help treat coronavirus

Fined: In April, Evans was fined $25,200 for promoting a lamp that he bizarrely claimed could help treat coronavirus

The TGA has recently issued a warning to advertisers about the legality of making health claims in regards to coronavirus.

The fines were issued for the video and for advertising material on Evans’ website.

The advertisements on the website claimed the lamp was ‘proven to restore strength, stamina, co-ordination and mental clarity’.

Evans said the TGA’s ruling was ‘unfounded’ in a statement to Daily Mail Australia.

Claims: Evans had promoted his BioCharger NG Subtle Energy Platform on social media earlier this month, describing it as a 'hybrid subtle energy revitalisation platform'

Claims: Evans had promoted his BioCharger NG Subtle Energy Platform on social media earlier this month, describing it as a ‘hybrid subtle energy revitalisation platform’

‘The claims made by the TGA are totally unfounded and we will be strongly defending these claims. It is now in the hands of my lawyers,’ he said.

Evans had promoted his BioCharger NG Subtle Energy Platform on social media earlier this month, describing it as a ‘hybrid subtle energy revitalisation platform’.

Apparently, his family uses the ‘non-invasive’ lamp every day.

‘It works to optimize your health, wellness, and athletic performance by aligning and balancing the energy of every cell in your body,’ he claimed.

Evans also said the lamp was programmed with thousands of recipes, several of which might help treat ‘Wuhan coronavirus’.

There is no evidence that the BioCharger has any effect on COVID-19.  

Device: The machine claims to use 'light, frequencies and harmonics, pulsed electromagnetic fields (PEMFs) and voltage'. There is no evidence the BioCharger has any effect on COVID-19

Device: The machine claims to use ‘light, frequencies and harmonics, pulsed electromagnetic fields (PEMFs) and voltage’. There is no evidence the BioCharger has any effect on COVID-19

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