Chrissie’s TV blunder: ‘Not her best moment’

A MasterChef contestant has broken her silence about a very awkward meeting with Chrissie Swan on The Project last month.

MasterChef Australia contestant Minoli De Silva has spoken out about the incredibly uncomfortable reaction she received to The Project when she revealed her breast cancer had returned.

in a interview last monthDe Silva explained that the same day she heard the devastating news, she received a call from… Chef invited her to the show for the second time.

The project co-host Chrissie Swan, who had asked De Silva to tell them about the day she got the call from Chef, then replied, “Wow, from the sublime to the ridiculous. I don’t know which is which.”

There was silence from the panel and the camera cut to an uneasy De Silva, before another guest host changed the subject and asked about her win in the cooking show’s jaffle challenge.

Looking back at the moment after she was knocked out this week, De Silva told: Yahoo she was “a little shocked” and thought it was “strange” no one asked how she was doing, but understood “things like this happen on live television”.

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“I like to watch The projectand there’s a sense of banter that surrounds you, so I just accepted it was just a slip of the tongue,” said De Silva.

“Chrissie is very nice, she is very quick to understand. I guess it just wasn’t her best moment when someone admits they’ve had breast cancer and her response is to make a short comment.

“I may do that with my friends, but I think nationally it’s probably not the right message being broadcast.”

She also said: The project team had acknowledged their uncomfortable reaction.

“I’m so glad I had the support of everyone watching and they could feel the uneasy feeling and they stood up for me,” she said.

“At the same time I spoke with The project team later and they more or less understood that their response was not ideal. People make mistakes, everyone says crazy things all the time, but unfortunately it was live on TV.”

How the awkward moment unfolded

De Silva appeared on The project to promote the 14th season of MasterChef, Fans & Favorites, after winning a Jaffle challenge.

Swan asked her to tell about the day she was called to come back. De Silva had finished 10th last season.

“It was probably the biggest highs and lows I’ve ever had and it seemed so unreal,” said De Silva.

“In the morning I got a call from my doctor and he basically told me that the breast cancer had come back from an ultrasound that happened a week ago and then I cried, just more tears than I can remember crying in a long time.

“Than Chef calls me in the afternoon and said ‘we have news that could be very shocking’ and I clearly didn’t say anything.

“They then told me that I had been given the opportunity to come back in the… Chef kitchen, which was amazing, so I can’t explain to you how I felt that day, but it was wild.”

Swan replied: “Wow, from the sublime to the ridiculous. I don’t know which is which.”

De Silva’s cancer diagnosis was not mentioned again during the interview.

It was Swan’s second week filling in for Carrie Bickmore while the TV personality is in the UK with her family.

Prior to the start of the huge new gig, Swan confessed that the role scared her very much in a candid Instagram post.

Viewers took to social media to point out the awkward gaffe.

Minoli De Silva’s Fight Against Cancer

Shortly before the return to the Chef kitchen, the 35-year-old underwent a double mastectomy after a routine mammogram discovered an abnormal-looking area that turned out to be DCIS (ductal carcinoma in situ).

Written in one piece for MamamiaDe Silva explained that “due to the location of the cells, chemotherapy, radiotherapy or lumpectomy was not an option”.

The chef wrote that she felt “overwhelmed, helpless, angry, sad and broken” after receiving the diagnosis, and when the second unexpected phone call came that day from producers on Channel 10, it was as if she was “on the receiving end.” of the tennis ball machine that mechanically ejects the ball so that you can hit it except it was faulty and ejects a ball every two seconds”.

De Silva was first diagnosed with stage 3A triple positive breast cancer in 2017 and underwent a lumpectomy, six months of chemotherapy and six weeks of radiotherapy.

One side effect of the old food lover’s treatment was that she lost her sense of taste.

Last year, in a interview with Silva described how the experience inspired her to cook with heart and soul, and heightened her passion for food as she rediscovered her taste buds and found joy in new flavors.

De Silva was eliminated from Chef on Tuesday night’s episode.

She will now open her own restaurant Ella by Minoli in Darwin on June 1.

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