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Tuesday, 17 October, 2000, 10:43 GMT 11:43 UK
Grossman quits Masterchef
Loyd Grossman with Ulrika Jonsson, Rick Wakeman and Jenny Agutter
Grossman hosting Masterchef's anniversary special
Television presenter Loyd Grossman has left the BBC's Masterchef programme, which moves to BBC Two next year, the corporation has confirmed.

The 50-year-old told The Mirror he was angry about proposed changes to the programme, which has been running on BBC One for ten years.

Loyd Grossman with Gary Rhodes
Grossman with Gary Rhodes on Masterchef earlier this year
Grossman said he "very strenuously objected" to the revamp, which would, he claimed, also see its spin-off Junior Masterchef axed.

"They wanted it to be less of a competition, which I think is totally moronic," he said.

"And they decided it should have more practical cookery tips in it, which I don't think is part of the programme at all."

Grossman complained the BBC had behaved in a "typically inexplicable way" and that he had "just got fed up with the whole thing, frankly".

In August he fronted a Masterchef special to celebrate its 10th anniversary, featuring Ulrika Jonsson, Jenny Agutter and Rick Wakeman.

A BBC spokeswoman confirmed Grossman was leaving - but she was unable to confirm any changes to the programme's format.

Grossman will be replaced by spiky-haired celebrity chef Gary Rhodes for the new series, due to start in April 2001.

"Earlier this year I presented the show for American TV and now it's absolutely thrilling to be asked to present it as it moves to prime-time BBC Two," he said.

The BBC spokeswoman said that BBC Two was to "become the home for leisure programmes, so that's the right place for it".

Grossman will still be seen on the BBC, as he is due to start work on a new series of Sir David Frost's daytime quiz Through The Keyhole.

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