Fan favourite MasterChef Australia contestant, Reynold Poernomo has apologised after a series of homophobic comments made by him in 2014 resurfaced.
The MasterChef Australia: Back To Win contestant made a series of homophobic comments on bodybuilding.com forums six years ago which resurfaced on Friday last week.
Under the username, “reyreyy” the MasterChef alumni who was 20-years-old at the time, wrote that all gay people should be “put on a remote island,” when responding to a thread about the first gay couple to feature on the Disney channel.
“I wish the world make a united decision where they will capture all gay people and put them on a remote island full of gays, that way straight ppl [sic] will be happy and the freaks can go on and fuck themselves,” he said in 2014.
Furthermore, when asked in the thread if Poernomo thought homosexuality was a mental illness, he responded: “yes, end of thread.”
The Indonesian-born, Sydney-based MasterChef contestant is known as the ‘Dessert King’ by fans for his speciality in decedent sweet-treats.
However, Poernomo, now 26, has since released a statement via Channel 10 apologising for his actions and the hurt that his comments have caused.
“I would like to offer my sincere and deepest apologies for the comments that I made in 2014. I am ashamed of these comments and I regret them immensely,” he said.
“I have many friends and colleagues that are part of the LGBTQI community. I wholeheartedly support them and care deeply for them. I am truly sorry and apologise for any offence or hurt I caused.”
Poernomo has competed alongside openly LGBTQI contestants in this year’s season of MasterChef including Brendan Pang, Reece Hignall, Courtney Roulston, and Khanh Ong.
Ong has become another fan-favourite this season for wearing “You Are Loved” t-shirts every episode in support of LGBTQI youth charity, Minus18.
36-year-old Ungermann was charged with two counts of sexual assault which he allegedly committed in February this year against a 16-year-old girl while in Melbourne.
Furthermore, before the ‘Back To Win’ season even began this year, veteran judges George Calombaris, Matt Preston and Gary Mehigan were shockingly booted by the network in favour of new judges, Melissa Leong, Andy Allen, and Jock Zonfrillo.