"Everyone was so upset. There are always fights, but this was too far," Manu tells OK!. "We love people with opinions – otherwise it would be boring. A competition does mean a bit of fire, but [with] Sonya and Hadil, I felt like I was dealing with my teenage son!"
The drama and non-stop bickering kicked off during sisters Jess and Emma's Super Dinner Party. It's here that best friends Sonya, 34, and Hadil, 30, stirred the pot, slamming the girls' cooking abilities before questioning their spot in the competition.
"Definitely not the top eight we expected in this competition, but it's going to make it easier to beat them," Hadil boasts. "The fact that they're here is an insult to anyone that can cook."
The comments didn't sit well with Jess, 31, and Emma, 38, who found them "offensive" and it's wasn't long before the foursome start hurling insults at one another across the table.
And Manu admits that tensions were at all time high early in the night.
"It was building up and we were getting more upset and anxious, so we decided to ask them to leave," the disappointed judge reveals.
"I felt for everyone. I felt for the cooks – we were in their house – and for the other contestants, who were shocked at the attitudes of Sonya and Hadil," he says. "That's not what the show is about."
And the TV judge says he hopes that this is the last time we see this kind of behaviour on TV.
"I really, really hope we don't have to deal with this ever again," Manu shares.
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