SCA, the company that owns Australia’s 2Day FM, has permanently shut down Mel and Michael’s radio show, stopped all advertising on 2Day FM and pressed pause on future pranks until further notice. Before Mel Greig and Michael Christian were handed pink slips, they gave an interview to A Current Affair and cried while apologizing to the family of the nurse who committed suicide after their royal prank.
Mel and Michael weren’t paid for talking to A Current Affair, apparently. A Current Affair’s Tracy Grimshaw asked them how the prank came to be and who was their target. While looking like a pile of pure sad, Mel said that the prank was just supposed to be some silly thing and nothing more. Their awful British accents were supposed to be the target of the prank. Mel thought they’d get the dial tone as soon as the receptionist heard them talking like Fat Bastard. When Nurse Jacintha Saldanha picked up the phone, because the receptionist was away, and immediately transferred the call, Mel and Michael thought they were being sent to a complaints section where all pranksters are sent. They thought every radio host in the world pranked the hospital.
Mel and Michael found out about Nurse Jacintha’s death on Saturday morning and said they think of her family every single second of the day. They both said several times during the interview that even the Florida psychic who Lindsay Lohan punched couldn’t have predicted that their dumb prank would’ve ended like this. As Mel broke down, she said this:
“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. 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.”
They both played dumb when Tracy asked them about the usual protocol of their prank calls. Mel and Michael said that they’re just simple pranking puppets. They do the pre-recorded prank and pass it off to whoever, and whatever happens after that is beyond their control. Since there’s really no HIPAA laws in Britain, SCA says that they didn’t do anything illegal, but are still cooperating with the investigation. SCA’s legal department reviewed the prank before it went to air. This isn’t the first prank that got 2Day FM into trouble.
As everyone has said before, this is the only time in history when I actually want to see Ashton Kutcher’s face. I really wish Nurse Jacintha was still alive and that the hospital was pranking Mel and Michael back. I watched that interview waiting for Ashton to jump out and shout, “You’ve been PUNK’D!”
And since I am a superficial piece of trash and whatever brain cells I have left live in my ass lips, I did think to myself, “That Michael Christian dude is kind of hot.”