6/28/2013 11:07:00 AM

Brian Malarkey Gets Axed From The Taste

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The Taste miracuolusly got renewed for a second season in May, but it wasn't all good news for one cast member in particular. Judge Brian Malarkey's contract has not been renewed, despite the fact that he helped mentor season one winner, Khristianne Uy. The show's other three judges, Nigella Lawson, Anthony Bourdain and Ludo Lefebvre are all expected to return in season two.

He issued the following statement to Eater about the situation: "Being a part of ABC's The Taste was a great experience, especially mentoring one of my chefs all the way to the finish line and taking home the win. I am of course disappointed to part ways and not return for season 2, but onward and upward! I'm looking forward to pursuing future television projects and continuing to grow our restaurant group, which has had its most successful year to date. Austin has welcomed Searsucker with open arms and we're excited to open a restaurant in Los Angeles at the end of this year."

[via Eater SD]

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