They’ve never been ones to hold back with their opinions on My Kitchen Rules.
And in an interview with Daily Mail Australia on Tuesday, the series’ ‘villains’ Austin and Josh Bonwick come out swinging against the Channel Seven reality show.
In a sensational spray, the brothers slammed their co-stars, compared ‘sketchy’ producers to ‘something out of North Korea’ and and advised would-be contestants to sign up for MasterChef or watch Gordon Ramsay videos on YouTube instead.
‘It’s like something out of North Korea’: MKR’s Josh and Austin have made sensational claims against the show – slamming producers, revealing ex-stars’ ‘mental trauma’ and advising people to join MasterChef instead
In dramatic episodes playing out on MKR this week, a bombshell is dropped at the dinner party when it is revealed rivals Piper O’Neill and Victor Aeberli are sleeping together.
But Josh and Austin have claimed there is a reason the sex scandal is painting Victor and Piper in such a negative light.
‘The only reason Victor and Piper are made to look like the super, super villains, the last villains is because they p***ed production off,’ they explained.
‘A lot of other people were sh*tty on the show and they could have gone another way with any of the teams.
‘Anyone could have been the villain with how they were behaving. The only reason Victor and Piper are getting the short end of the stick is because they actually made things difficult for production every day.’
‘They pissed production off’: Josh and Austin claimed Victor (left) and Piper (right) were being painted in such a negative light because they annoyed producers behind the scenes
Austin added that the controversial ‘knife spinning’ incident, which was heavily promoted in trailers, caused chaos behind the scenes and frustrated production.
Explaining the aftermath of the incident and extra costs added to the production as a result of it, Austin said: ‘They had to segregate Victor and have a separate hotels, different flights, separate Cabcharges and everything.’
Austin also claimed that while most of the contestants would sort out their disagreements in front of the cameras at the dinner parties, Victor had a different approach.
‘With Victor, he’d go straight to the production and say “this person said this about me” and it would just make it so complicated,’ Austin claimed.
Intimidating: Victor (pictured) menacingly twisted his knife during Sunday night’s dramatic episode
Austin continued to call out MKR’s producers and hinted that there’s a lot more drama behind the scenes than people realise.
‘I think that this whole show has a lot of secrets and they’ve kept secrets for a year and then the new cast thinks it’s normal, no one ever speaks up,’ Austin explained.
‘There’s a lot of dis-functionality that goes on. It’s just sketchy. If you do anything negative towards production, things go quiet and all of a sudden, that person’s gone. It’s like North Korea.’
Meanwhile, Josh said if producers sensed drama between contestants was about to be resolved off-screen, they would subtly step in to ensure no one ‘cleared the air’ without the cameras rolling.
‘It’s like someone stabbing someone to the point of death, then reviving them so they can do it again the next day. Why? Because it’s not fun if you resolve it at the start,’ Josh described the situation.
‘I think that this whole show has a lot of secrets’: Austin described some parts of the show as ‘sketchy’ and said there’s more to the production than meets the eye. Pictured: MKR judges Manu Feildel (left) and Pete Evans (right)
The home-schooled brothers also believe that the way some people are portrayed on the show can have lasting effects on their lives.
‘I don’t like Piper, I don’t like her at all. I think she’s a terrible person but she’s a mother of two kids, she’s still married and she’s 35, she’s not 25, she’s got a lot more to lose than what we do,’ Josh said.
‘And the fact of the matter is after this, she’s done after this! Her reputation is ruined.’
‘Her reputation is ruined’: Josh believes Piper’s ‘sex scandal’ will have lasting consequences in her life
Josh also mentioned that he had had conversations with last season’s contestant Hadil Faiza, who was booted off the show after launching a verbal attack against another team.
‘I’ve learned that she had so much mental trauma from the aftermath of how everything was portrayed,’ he said.
‘She was in very heavy situations that took place over a couple of weeks and then faced another year or half year of public backlash.’
‘They’re going to up the stakes and the sex, the scandals and lies’: Josh said MKR was getting more and more dramatic, to compete with high-rating dating shows like Married At First Sight
Meanwhile, Austin admitted MKR is ‘not always a fun show’ to take part in and said he advises his fans to reconsider auditioning.
‘If you’re a fan of the food, go to MasterChef. [MKR is] like psychological war, this competition,’ he said, admitting he didn’t like the more dramatic direction the show was taking.
Josh agreed, adding: ‘To compete with things like Married At First Sight, of course they’re going to up the stakes and the sex, the scandals and lies.
‘Let’s face it, if you want to watch someone cooking you could just watch reruns of Gordon Ramsay on YouTube.’
Daily Mail Australia has reached out to Channel Seven for comment.
‘If you’re a fan of the food, go to MasterChef’: Austin said MKR was more about drama than cooking, and described the competition as like ‘psychological war’. Pictured from left: MasterChef Australia’s judges Gary Mehigan, George Calombaris and Matt Preston