Australian DJs Cry In First Interview Since Nurse’s Alleged Suicide

Mon, December 10, 2012 7:44am EDT by 25 Comments
Kate Middleton DJs Interview
Courtesy of today tonight

Mel Greig and Michael Christian are ‘gutted, shattered and heartbroken’ over Jacintha Saldanha’s death, the nurse who allegedly committed suicide after she took their prank call to Kate Middleton’s King Edward VII Hospital room on Dec. 4. The DJs gave their first interview on Dec. 10 as they shed tears and apologized for their actions. Watch the full interview!

Mel Greig, 30, and Michael Christian, 25, who work for Sydney radio station 2Day FM, opened up to Clare Brady on Channel 7’s Today Tonight, regarding their infamous prank call to Kate Middleton’s King Edward VII Hospital room that allegedly resulted in a nurse, Jacintha Saldanha, taking her own life out of guilt.

Mel and Michael said they were devastated and wanted to apologize to the family of Jacintha, a mother of two.

“The first thing I asked was: ‘Was she a mother?'” a very emotional Mel said. “If we played any involvement in her death then we’re very sorry for that. We couldn’t foresee what was going to happen in the future.”

“It was the worst phone call I have ever had in my life. There’s not a minute that goes by that 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 gut wrenching,” Mel added.

Jacintha’s Family Speaks

“I am devastated with the tragic loss of my beloved wife Jacintha in tragic circumstances,” Benedict Barboza, 49,  an NHS accountant, said on his Facebook page. The couple’s 14-year-old daughter Lisha used Facebook to write her own message: “I miss you, I loveeee you.”

Mel and Michael have been in hiding since news broke of Jacintha’s alleged suicide on Dec. 6, 72-hours after the hoax call was made.

The Prank Call Backstory

The DJs spoke to Kate’s private nurse at King Edward VII Hospital on Dec. 4 and were given actual information on Kate’s hyperemesis gravidarum condition.

During the phone call, you can hear DJ Mel posing as Queen Elizabeth II saying, “Hello, I’m just looking after my granddaughter, Kate. I wanted to see how her little tummy bug is going.”

It’s unclear exactly what the nurse told Mel, but she says the nurse, “was giving us real information,” that left her in shock.

“We were very surprised that our call was put through,” Mel is quoted as saying. “We thought we’d be hung up on as soon as they heard our terrible accents.”

Sympathy For Mel and Michael

At the end of the interview, Clare sympathized with the DJs saying, “I just hope that people are caring for you guys too. I feel for two DJs who like to put a few smiles on faces and it’ll be a while before we hear the two of you laugh.”

Likewise, our editor-in-chief Bonnie Fuller agrees that Mel and Michael should not to be blamed in this situation.

What do YOU think, HollywoodLifers? Should the DJs be fired?

— Chris Rogers


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Posted at 4:12 PM on January 10, 2013  

Girls are very emotional compared to men. That is what you see here. You see a man just trying to keep his composure and continue supporting the girl. They both, clearly, feel aweful. I don’t think they should be getting as much negative feedback as they are now but people can be so close minded. It’s a radio show, of course they will be doing things like this. Come on! Radio shows do these kinds of things, guys.

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angelica21britney

Posted at 3:27 PM on December 20, 2012  

BONNIE FULLER > how can you say that they are not to be blamed on what happened ? how old are they btw that they still do those pranks . even me if i knew that i have a very big fault which is a divulge a very personal information about someone and NOT JUST SOMEONE BUT the DUCHESS OF cambridge AND the royal family well ill also be very afraid .

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Seriously?

Posted at 1:17 PM on December 15, 2012  

The situation is horrible, and a family is broken. But these two are most definitely not to blame. It was prank. When someone dunks another kids hand in water at camp or drop a water balloon on them, does the victim kill them self? The timing for these two young DJ’s to perform the call was awful and unlucky, but they shouldn’t be taking any of the blame. People just need an excuse for the tragedy, and this happens to be the one they chose.

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Nikki

Posted at 2:03 AM on December 14, 2012  

@Linda duff UM 1) do you know what a psychopath 2) if so be careful what you say. 3) Lack of tears does not equate to lack of sorriness and guilt. he’s probably scare out of his pants and feel so much more guilt that any of us can imagine. when i feel guilt or hurt someone i don’t cry even at a close relatives funeral i don’t cry. i feel sad & horribly depressed yes, but i still don’t cry. everyone reacts to things differently and to be honest it’s not totally his fault but at least he apologized.

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Darla Muldy

Posted at 12:37 AM on December 11, 2012  

Michael Christian is quite clearly incapable of feeling or expressing true remorse. Mel seems more genuinely traumatized, but, I must say, although I do not believe that either is responsible for murder, I firmly believe that both are responsible for being willing to waste health workers’ precious time and both are callous enough to not give a s*** about risking humiliating others. Hold them responsible for that! Gross enough. I hope that they never work in media again.

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Miccha says this is seriously too much

Posted at 1:03 AM on December 11, 2012  

Here’s the thing though radio hosts can’t do anything unless the producers, legal team, and management okay it. The producers and legal team screwed these people and left them hanging. Infact they should have gotten release forms to even be allowed to air this prank because regardless of whether or not they mentioned names of the staff or pts. they still technically defamed a hospital and received private information from a nurse who should be charged for breaking protocol and releasing the info. BTW that nurse was not Jacintha all she did was transfer the call the the nurse in the correct hospital department (which was her job not to verify if the people were who they said they were-the other nurse who blabbed had that responsibility but failed to do so.) Which is why i say that Jacintha committing suicide out of “shame” for basically doing her job is a silly excuse and a cover up for what has to be an extremely stressful/unhappy life that she lead, possibly in secret to her own family (which is much more common than most people think).

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Miccha says this is seriously too much

Posted at 1:04 AM on December 11, 2012  

People who are scared or in shock/denial often don’t show signs of remorse.

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Linda duff

Posted at 6:42 PM on December 13, 2012  

He`s a psychopath, without any guilt, shame or remorse, I hope he rots in hell.

 
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Chris Dover

Posted at 8:07 AM on December 23, 2012  

Some of us needs to join the real world. Pranks go on all the time. Some are done deliberately, and others are done unintentionally. 99.999 % of the victims don’t commit suicide over pranks. If they did, none of us wouldn’t be here today. Parents pull pranks on their children. Children pull pranks on other children. Adults pull pranks on adults. Co-workers pull pranks on other co-workers. Management pull pranks on laborers. Employers pull prank on employees. Monarchs pull pranks on the government. The government pull pranks on the people. People pull pranks on people. And all of us are still here except that faggot from over here, and that nut from over there. They felt that life was all about them and the eggshells that they walked upon.

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Angela

Posted at 10:55 PM on December 10, 2012  

Michael Christian is so hot!

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Respect

Posted at 8:52 PM on December 10, 2012  

Everyone keeps saying there must have been something else going on in Nurse Saldanha’s life to make her take her own life. Ok that might be true. And then there’s the argument its just a joke or prank, no harm and they did not mean to do it.

First maybe the only thing “going on” in the nurse’s life was her pride for her job and she felt shame for letting her family down as well as the hospital, her co-workers and other patients including the Royals. While her bosses, friends and families did not give her grief, whose to say she did not get grief from others or complete strangers who knew she was the nurse that was pranked? As someone pointed out, the DJs kept gloating days after their little victory. Mayber her dignity was not a joke to her.

This prank was not about having a laugh, it was about the egos of the DJ’s who were trying to one up themselves based on this station’s past antics.

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overthetop

Posted at 12:51 PM on December 10, 2012  

This is a tragidy, But come on people. Commiting suicide and leaving your children motherless is not what I consider a sane and normal way to handle a prank phone call. There is something deeper going on here

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Disgusted

Posted at 12:39 PM on December 10, 2012  

Thier answers are so rehersed and are pathetic. It’s obvious as day is to night that they have been feed what to say and what not to say by company management and lawyers. Michael is so fake in his sympathy concerns. The tears in my humble opinion are with regards to thier owm future, not the families. They should be fired, management fired and company lawyers given the boot. There should be accountability held and not company damage control. What bloody idiots – the entire lot of them.

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Trouble2022

Posted at 12:17 PM on December 10, 2012  

It’s a tragic lesson to learn this way; I personally have NEVER liked these ‘prank’ type things regardless of who does them and how. I think they should be banned. I just hope that the two DJs are being helped to ensure they don’t end up the same way as the poor nurse. There’s no point having more deaths around this tragedy. I was angry with them in the beginning; but since then I’ve heard more about how this call was screened through at least three different levels before going to air. I think I might’ve been too judgmental at first, as were many others. However, an innocent lady died as a result of a bad taste joke, regardless of who was responsible; I suggest no more these types of ‘jokes’ are played – too many people these days are dealing with all types of stress that could end up with a similar result. I wouldn’t wish what those DJs are going to suffer for the rest of their lives on anyone else – would you?

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tom wong

Posted at 10:30 AM on December 10, 2012  

On one hand I don’t believe any harm was meant. The producers who let it air without consent are in the wrong. But MC biears some responsibility for the tweets and the milking of this joke afterwards. As he tweeted “my only regret is that I ave peaked after one week with 2day…” he was proud of what he did, and its only after the tragic fallout that he now is showing remorse.

They shouldnt be fired for the initial call as the intent was to be a joke on them. But after the bit aired the gloating and the repeated playing of the bit became a cruel joke on the nurses and the hospital. For that the DJs should be canned.

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Helena

Posted at 10:54 AM on December 10, 2012  

The bragging, and the tweets sent out after are two aspects I did not consider, and are very valid points. MC and Mel along with others at the station did not consider the potential impact this stunt could have. It is unfortunate that they are figuring that out now under such tragic circumstances. This is most tragic however of course for Jacintha, and her family left behind. When Kate (hopefully) does deliver a healthy baby, I will remember this incident whenever I think of her daughter or son.

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fff

Posted at 10:13 AM on December 10, 2012  

they are faking it

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Linda

Posted at 6:44 PM on December 13, 2012  

Totally agree, they`ve been advised to act for the world !

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Helena

Posted at 9:57 AM on December 10, 2012  

Why did they not admit to the second nurse who they were, and state what they were doing
before the second nurse started explaining the Duchess of Cambridge’s condition and end
the conversation. A second solution could have been to take the whole segment, and at
the point where the second nurse started giving info, why did they not just edit that out,
cut it off and delete it from the face of the earth forever? I do feel badly for Mel Greig, and
Michael Christian. Station management holds responsibility, and what about the girl who
played the part of the Corgies?

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Linda

Posted at 6:46 PM on December 13, 2012  

Why would you feel bad for Michael Christain, can`t you see he couldn`t care less ?

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TRACY123

Posted at 9:44 AM on December 10, 2012  

This is another example of the papparrazzi going to far! This needs to STOP!

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Tina

Posted at 9:27 AM on December 10, 2012  

Oh,and a very bad publicity stunt on the part of the DJ’s: tears for sympathy. Not good. I’m not fooled.

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Brian Chaput

Posted at 8:21 AM on December 10, 2012  

Now that it I know that this was not spontaneous but prerecorded and approved by the editors I think losing their jobs is not justified. As stated, DJ’s have been doing this for a long time and I would bet that many who are attacking them were laughing when they heard the initial broadcast.

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gues

Posted at 9:23 AM on December 10, 2012  

Yes, I totally agree. And thankyou for posting such a fair and reasonable comment on this site – a very rare occurrence.

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tiki

Posted at 12:59 PM on December 10, 2012  

I’d like to state, I never laughed. I thought it was rude, intrusive, immoral and horrid to intrude on someones personal medical information, waste hospital staff time, and then air it and laugh about it. SO distasteful.

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