The pair of Australian DJs who pulled the royal hoax phone call prank have been taken off the air. The 2DayFM radio station received a lot of backlash after the nurse who transferred the prank call committed suicide.. Mel Greig and Christian Michael are off the air until further notice, according to the Daily Mail.
Both Christian Michael and Mel Greig closed their Twitter accounts after they received a massive amount of backlash after the private hospital nurse who took their phone call committed suicide. 2DayFM radio station’s Facebook page has reportedly been bombarded with negative comments following the prank aimed at getting personal information about Kate Middleton.
Although the two DJs who prank called the Duchess of Cambridge’s hospital are temporarily off the air, a promo of the pair urging stations listeners to “hear the latest” was still reportedly viewable on the radio station website on Friday. DJ Christian Michael reportedly sent a tweet boasting about the 5:30 am prank call to the King Edward VII Hospital in London, CNN reports.
The tweet reportedly noted that the hoax phone call was transferred by the nurse working the reception area, Jacintha Saldanha. The nurse was later found dead in what is initially being termed a suicide. The radio station employers noted that the DJs will not return to the show until further notice.
A statement from Southern Cross Austereo (SCA) and 2DayFM reads:
“CEO Rhys Holleran has spoken with the presenters, they are both deeply shocked, and at this time we have agreed that they not comment about the circumstances. SCA and the hosts have decided that they will not return to their radio show, until further notice out of respect for what can only be described as a tragedy.”
A spokeswoman for the radio station had this to say about the prank phone aimed at getting through to Kate Middleton:
“The radio segment was done with lighthearted intentions. We wish Kate and her family all the best and we’re glad to hear she’s doing well.”