Channel Nine has officially addressed the controversy surrounding the final season of Married At First Sight.
The show came under fire for some sexual content and allegations of bullying and gas light.
In a long letter from The Wash, Nine apologized for the way the reality show was making some viewers feel.
Strike Back: Channel Nine has officially addressed the controversy surrounding the final season of Married At First Sight. Pictured: Bryce Ruthven and Melissa Rawson
“We sincerely apologize for any concerns or problems raised by your viewing the program,” wrote Nine’s compliance department.
The network stated that the views of the show’s attendees did not reflect Nine as a whole and that everyone on the show had access to psychological support.
Nine also acknowledged that “bullying and conflict” are “serious problems” but insisted that Married At First Sight did not violate broadcast standards.
“We sincerely apologize”: In a long letter from The Wash, Nine apologized for the way some viewers were feeling on the reality show
No Problems: Nine acknowledged that “bullying and conflict” are “serious problems” but insisted that Married At First Sight did not violate broadcast standards
The eighth season of Married At First Sight Australia was the most deplored season in the show’s history.
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) received more than 50 official complaints – a record number for the watch dog.
“A significant proportion of the complaints that the program involved personally abusive exchanges between participants through gas lighting, social, verbal and psychological abuse, and that the program perpetuated and promoted the issue of domestic abuse,” an ACMA spokesman said in a statement.
Too far? The show came under fire for some sexual content and allegations of bullying and gas light. Pictured: At first sight married bride Alana Lister, who was not personally the subject of a complaint
According to a report by The Wash, many viewers were annoyed by scenes with the controversial couple Melissa Rawson and Bryce Ruthven.
“As part of the co-regulatory system, the ACMA will first refer the complainant to the broadcaster,” said the media watchdog.
“If the complainant does not receive a response from the sender within 60 days or is not satisfied with the response, he can forward his complaint to the ACMA, which may decide to investigate.”
Drama: Season eight of Married At First Sight Australia was the show’s most deplored season
According to ACMA, many viewers expressed “concerns about the scenes with Melissa and Bryce”.
A petition from Change.org also asked Nine to apologize for broadcasting “triggering” scenes involving the “gas light” groom and his long-suffering wife.
The petition, which received 2,500 signatures in less than 24 hours and now has over 15,000, also calls on Nine to acknowledge the alleged “negligence” of Melissa.
“This season of Married at First Sight Australia there is a couple, Melissa and Bryce, who display an inordinate number of DV characters that are inappropriately handled by the network,” the petition said.
Details: Many viewers were annoyed by scenes with the controversial couple Melissa and Bryce
“Melissa clearly has no duty of care while filming the show, which allows her to stay in a toxic and dangerous environment with her partner for the” benefit “of the network.”
“She is exposed to gas light, emotional manipulation, isolation and countless other signs of a controlling and / or abusive relationship,” the petition goes on to say, adding that the scenes are “incredibly triggering and stressful to watch.”
It goes on: “This petition is intended to be used by the Nine Network to acknowledge and apologize for Melissa going through this and also televising such a terrible relationship without doing anything to show that the relationship is clearly not healthy . “
Despite the backlash, Bryce and Melissa have stayed together since the series aired and are now working together on their own podcast.
The last laugh! Despite the backlash, Bryce and Melissa have stayed together since the series aired and are now working together on their own podcast