Masterchef contestant is SUING the show’s producers for pressing her to keep filming

By | March 10, 2022

Masterchef contestant is SUING the show’s producers for pressing her to keep filming after suffering a stroke

While cooking fans wait for the 12th season of Fox’s Masterchef to debut later this year, one of the contestants from Season 11 is suing the show’s producers.

Masterchef contestant Mary Jayne, 59, is suing three production companies behind the reality competition series, claiming they ignored her when she said she suffered a stroke on the morning of March 10.

The contestant alleges that she told producers prior to filming that she didn’t think she could film that day, but they insisted she completed a baking challenge that resulted in a grueling 14-hour day.

Lawsuit: While cooking fans wait for the 12th season of Fox’s Masterchef to debut later this year, one of the contestants from Season 11 is suing the show’s producers

Contestant: Masterchef contestant Mary Jayne, 59, is suing three production companies behind the reality competition series, claiming they ignored her when she said she suffered a stroke on the morning of March 10

Contestant: Masterchef contestant Mary Jayne, 59, is suing three production companies behind the reality competition series, claiming they ignored her when she said she suffered a stroke on the morning of March 10

Mary claims she told the show’s medic that she was having difficulty moving her leg once she got to the set.

However the show’s producers denied her request for help and pressured her to keep filming.

She continued telling the producers throughout the day about her condition – including the left side of her body sagging – with makeup and hair artists along with fellow competitors made aware of her injuries.

Medic: Mary claims she told the show's medic that she was having difficulty moving her leg once she got to the set

Medic: Mary claims she told the show’s medic that she was having difficulty moving her leg once she got to the set

The lawsuit also alleges that she was only taken to the hospital when one of her fellow competitors insisted that Jayne be taken to the hospital.

While the lawsuit doesn’t reveal what kind of treatment she was given, she said it was a 14-hour day before she returned to her hotel.

The suit alleges that the producers’ actions preventing her from getting medical attention exacerbated the stroke and lead to more damage.

Long day: While the lawsuit doesn't reveal what kind of treatment she was given, she said it was a 14-hour day before she returned to her hotel

Long day: While the lawsuit doesn’t reveal what kind of treatment she was given, she said it was a 14-hour day before she returned to her hotel

The lawsuit also describes the hospice nursing assistant from Bastrop, Texas as one of the best pie chefs in the nation, winning national champion awards for her Heath toffee pecan pie in 2013 and her peachy key lime habanero pie in 2015.

The suit also claims that they pressured her to keep filming because that day was a baking challenge, her specialty.

It was revealed on the sixth episode of Season 11 by host Gordon Ramsay that Mary Jayne withdrew from the competition due to illness, but they declined to say anything further.

Specialty: The suit also claims that they pressured her to keep filming because that day was a baking challenge, her specialty

Specialty: The suit also claims that they pressured her to keep filming because that day was a baking challenge, her specialty

Withdrew: It was revealed on the sixth episode of Season 11 by host Gordon Ramsay that Mary Jayne withdrew from the competition due to illness, but they declined to say anything further

Withdrew: It was revealed on the sixth episode of Season 11 by host Gordon Ramsay that Mary Jayne withdrew from the competition due to illness, but they declined to say anything further

Production companies Berkeley Productions and Endemol Shine North America are listed as defendants, though Ramsay is not listed.

Masterchef debuted in the UK in 1990, created by Franc Roddam, which was revived by the BBC in 2005.

The US version hosted by Gordon Ramsay debuted in 2010, with versions of the show produced in 40 different countries to date.

Defendants: Production companies Berkeley Productions and Endemol Shine North America are listed as defendants, though Ramsay is not listed

Defendants: Production companies Berkeley Productions and Endemol Shine North America are listed as defendants, though Ramsay is not listed

Host: The US version hosted by Gordon Ramsay debuted in 2010, with versions of the show produced in 40 different countries to date

Host: The US version hosted by Gordon Ramsay debuted in 2010, with versions of the show produced in 40 different countries to date

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