Marco Pierre White’s latest show Kitchen Burnout is set to be axed after just one series, according to the papers.
The Sun reports that the show – which sees celebrities attempting to survive life in a restaurant kitchen over a series of heats – had been tipped to pull in around four million viewers.
However, less than half that amount are reported to have tuned in – with insiders saying that ITV will pull the plug at the end of the series’ seven week run.
“It’s a shame but Burnout has done just that – it’s burnt out,” a show source said. “People just don’t seem to like the show.”
TV presenter Carol Smilie, former EastEnders star Alex Ferns, comedienne Debra Stephenson and former Sun editor Kelvin McKenzie are among those who have taken part in the show, which was intended as a replacement for Hell’s Kitchen.
The paper also reports that in a bizarre twist, the show’s axing could spell good news for Popstar To Operastar, which was also facing the chop after getting an average audience of only 4.6m.
However an insider said that ITV may now rethink their decision to axe that show. “We thought that was bad but Marco’s show has made us think differently,” the source said.
“There is now a very real possibility that Popstar could be back.”