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December 10th, 2012, 07:41
Some of you might find this interesting.
2DAY FM duo Mel Greig and Michael Christian say they are "shattered, gutted, (and) heartbroken" over the tragic end to their prank call controversy.
The suspected suicide of UK nurse Jacintha Saldanha had torn the young radio presenters apart, with Greig telling A Current Affair "the thought that we may have played a part in that is gutwrenching."
Speaking in person for the first time since news of Mrs Saldanha’s death was confirmed by King Edward VII Hospital early Saturday, the pair wept at times during the Channel 9 interview, admitting the "simple harmless phone call" had been the joint idea of their production team.
Christian said: “it was just the team sitting down before the show …(we) just had the idea for just a simple harmless phone call. That we thought about making a call it was going to go for 30 seconds we were going to be hung up on, and that was it. As innocent as that.”
Greig added: "we thought a hundred people before us would've tried it, we thought it was such a silly idea and the accents were terrible and not for a second did we expect to speak to Kate let alone have a conversation with anyone at the hospital. We wanted to be hung up on."
The pair were told about the death of Mrs Saldanha in a telephone call, a moment described by Grieg as "the worst phone call I’ve ever had in my life."
Asked their reaction, both broke down in tears, with Greig revealing: "there’s not a minute that goes by where we don’t think about her family and what they must be going through and the thought we may have played a part in that is gutwrenching."
Greig said: "these prank calls are made every day, on every radio station, in every country around the world and they have been for a long time and no-one could’ve imagined this to happen."
If God said it, then that settles it!!
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