Greg Wallace explains why he left ‘Inside the Factory’
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Greg Wallace explains why he left ‘Inside the Factory’

Greg Wallace after being awarded the Order of the British Empire (MBE) by the Princess Royal at his investiture at Windsor Castle on February 28, 2023 in Windsor, England.  (Photo by Andrew Matthews-Pool/Getty Images)

Greg Wallace said that reports about the “problems” he had with Inside The Factory were “inaccurate”. (Getty Images)

Greg Wallace insisted on why step down from inside the factory It wasn’t because of the “offending” factory workers.

The MasterChef presenter announced in March 2023 that he was leaving the BBC’s how-to homemade series after eight years, and there have reportedly been complaints about “inappropriate” comments he allegedly made during filming.

Wallace, 58, told Good Morning Britain: “Abusing people at the factory – no. There was a problem, that wasn’t the issue. I don’t want to discuss that issue. It was a good time to get out.”

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When he announced his departure, the former Strictly Come Dancing contestant said he was stepping down to spend more time with his four-year-old son, Sid.

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Wallace added to Richard Madley and Kate Garraway: “I have a little boy named Syd, who at the moment is non-verbal, still in nappies, and has learning difficulties. My mum needed help.”

He insisted that reports of him making “offensive” comments to factory workers were “inaccurate”.

Wallace added that the undisclosed “issues” that arose around the series coincided with his family needing him to be home more, and so prompted his decision to leave the show.

The TV presenter previously revealed that Syed had been diagnosed with autism in 2022.

Wallace married Syed’s mother Anna Stirpenny, 37, in 2016.

The former greengrocer met Anne-Marie on Twitter in 2013. They welcomed baby Syed in 2019 after struggling to conceive.

Greg Wallace and his wife at the Caudwell Children Butterfly Ball in London (Julian Parker / UK Press via Getty Images)

Greg Wallace and his wife Anna have a four-year-old son, Sid. (Getty Images)

The MasterChef judge and self-confessed dessert aficionado used himself to weigh more than 16 stone, but they went on a health kick in 2017, cutting back on alcohol, fries, and junk food as well as joining a gym, dropping more than four stone.

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He was previously married to his first wife, Christine, for only months in 1991. He was married to his second wife, Denise, from 1999 to 2004, and he married his third wife, Heidi, in 2010. They divorced in 2012.

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