‘MasterChef’ Caught Faking Footage, Producers Apologize

by | June 24, 2011 at 6:22 PM | TV News

'MasterChef' (Photo: Fox)

'MasterChef' (Photo: Fox)

Gordon Ramsay is probably cursing someone out as we speak after this one. “MasterChef,” the cooking competition which the hot-tempered celeb chef hosts, has been exposed for faking a crowd scene in a recent episode.

The voice over from the opening segment of this week’s fifth episode wanted you to think there were “thousands and thousands” of aspiring chefs waiting in line to audition for a shot to make it onto the reality show’s second season.

But apparently it wasn’t really a four-star turnout, so the production team cooked up some digital wizardry — and got busted.

The fake-out was first caught by a sly viewer and posted on Reddit, pointing out that certain people were duplicated in the same scene — essentially the image had been manipulated to swell the crowd to appear larger than it was.

After the faux pas was exposed, producers issued a statement to Entertainment Weekly apologizing for the fakery:

“We have reviewed the footage and it’s clear that the scene was enhanced in post-production. We sincerely apologize to our viewers and hope that they still enjoyed the show.”

Look at the crowd shot in the first few seconds of “MasterChef” below and see if you can catch the gaffe:

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