Gethin Jones explains why he had to quit Celebrity MasterChef early: "I was gutted"

31 July 2020, 12:12

Gethin Jones quit Celebrity MasterChef before the final
Gethin Jones quit Celebrity MasterChef before the final. Picture: BBC

By Tom Eames

Gethin Jones has thanked fans for their kind wishes after he was forced to drop out of Celebrity MasterChef ahead of the final.

Last night (July 30), Celebrity MasterChef aired its final semi-final episode, followed immediately by the final.

However, the semi-final episode saw Gethin Jones suddenly drop out after the first challenge, with no real explanation as to why.

This meant that Gethin - who was one of the top performing stars of the show - missed out on the last chance to reach the final.

Read more: Who is Gethin Jones?

"Gethin is not joining us," host Gregg Wallace confirmed. "He is unwell. And I'm sure, like us, you wish him all the best and a very speedy recovery."

Gethin explained to his social media followers that he was forced to leave after he developed early coronavirus symptoms.

"Thank you for all your lovely messages re @MasterChefUK," he wrote.

"I had symptoms of Covid-19 the morning of the next stage. Absolutely GUTTED... but it was the easiest decision. Would never put anyone at risk. Enjoy the next hour – these guys can cook!!!"

While he sadly couldn't return for the next stage of the show, Gethin did complete the semi-final's first challenge, which saw the celebrities cook one of award-winning chef Aldo Zilli's recipes for the man himself.

Gethin impressed the chef with his pan-roasted sea bass, earning a "bravissimo" in praise.

In the end, internet personality Riyadh Khalaf was crowned the winner, beating fellow finalists Sam Quek and Matthew Pinsent.