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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