The off-air "physical altercation" that contributed to Sonya and Hadil's removal from My Kitchen Rules.

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The behaviour of Sonya and Hadil on the 2018 season of My Kitchen Rules has struck a chord with Australian viewers.

The pair from NSW launched a verbal attack on rival teams that was so vicious, they were “excused from the table” by Manu Feildel on Wednesday night’s episode.

But on Saturday, it was confirmed by Channel 7 that there was a great deal more that went on behind the scenes, which led to their premature eviction.

An insider told, “A few of the teams had gathered in a room and were cooking dinner.

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“Sonya and Hadil were walking past and they heard a comment through the door. They were very upset by that comment and knocked on the door.”

At this point, Italian brothers Josh and Nic opened the door, and allegedly an altercation took place.

What began as arguing, quickly turned into a “push and shove” according to the source.

“It was not a good scene.”

This account was confirmed by Channel 7, who said the incident contributed to Sonya and Hadil’s exit from the show.

A statement released by Channel 7 to outlined that while filming in Tasmania, an argument broke out which “escalated into a physical exchange.”

Following the incident, Channel 7 said they worked hard to repair the relationships between the teams, but soon discovered it would not be possible. This led to one team being dismissed from the show.

Since Wednesday night’s episode, neither Sonya nor Hadil have spoken directly to the media, instead releasing independent statements.

They apologised for their behaviour, while also reminding viewers the program is heavily edited.