At the time, the news of the judges' sudden exit came as a shock. After all, the three men had appeared on screens in Australian living rooms for 11 highly successful seasons.
Now, Matt Preston is lifting the lid on why exactly they left – revealing that despite the widespread rumours and reports that they left due to disagreements over money, it was actually over the terms and conditions of their contracts.
The men wanted the freedom to explore creative pursuits outside of the show, Preston told Stellar in a new interview.
"We always said that we would stay together or go together," he said. "On the show we always lined up together: Gary, George and myself. If one of us wasn’t there, we would refuse to narrow the gap or stand in someone else’s place. Because it didn’t feel right."
"There were definite dark moments when I sat there and said to myself, 'What have I done? Have I made the right decision? Should I have taken the money and the safe option and stayed?'"
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