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Australian DJs Behind Kate Middleton Prank Off-Air 'Until Further Notice' After Nurse's Suicide

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It's unclear to what extent their joke phone call contributed to Jacintha Saldanha's decision to kill herself, but the 2Day FM DJs behind the Royal prank agreed to decline comment and, for now, quit their show.

The station owners released a statement regarding the whole, frustratingly tragic ordeal and the fates Australian DJs Mel Greig and Michael Christian.

It reads:

"Southern Cross Austereo (SCA) and 2Day FM are deeply saddened by the tragic news of the death of the nurse, Jacintha Saldanha from King Edward V11 Hospital and we extend our deepest sympathies to her family, and all that have been affected by this situation around the world.

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."

As we previously reported, the DJs' Twitter accounts were quickly suspended in the wake of the terrible fallout from the Kate Middleton prank and the hateful messages being sent their way.

In light of SCA silencing the DJs, those deleted accounts make even more sense.

Should Mel or Mike decide to tell their side of the story or share their thoughts, we will surely let you know.

In the meanwhile, our thoughts remain with Jacintha's loved ones.

[Image via 2Day FM.]

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33 comments to “Australian DJs Behind Kate Middleton Prank Off-Air 'Until Further Notice' After Nurse's Suicide”

  1. 1

    To be honest the prank was pretty lame but not harsh enough to justify punishing them over this. Yesterday people thought is was funny or at least innocence fun not bullying. The call to arms isn't necessary because she committed suicide.

  2. Why not says – reply to this


    While this is a horrible tragedy and the prank was in poor taste I really don't thing the DJs can be blamed for the nurse/receptionist's decision to do this to herself. From what i've read all this woman did was transfer a phone call.

  3. 3

    I agree with them going off air out of respect, but they can't be blamed, there must have been more going on in her life to lead to this. It was a lame prank and they should have realised there would have been some negative repercussions work wise but could never have predicted this. It's terrible that it lead to this, and now the two of them will have this weight and guilt on their shoulders, even though they can't be blamed.

  4. 4

    I'm sure they must be devastated. But you have to think before you do something like that. These are the Royals, this isn't Justin Beiber. Who knows what kind of trouble they got the woman into. Who knows how she felt about herself. We don't have much respect for government here, but who knows how they react to something like that where they're from. I think the DJ's should be punished in some way. Maybe they thought, their accents weren't that great and they would get turned away. At the same time, maybe the nurse didn't expect someone would actually ever prank them, or she got nervous because 'the queen' was talking to her. This is all very sad. What an unnecessary way to die.

  5. hfivas says – reply to this


    Re: VirginGirl – What they did is a violation of privacy which anyone in the healthcare knows when breached it can affect their professional life. I think the punishment to the DJ's needs to be harsh to send a message that they need to think twice before doing something so stupid.

  6. Rina says – reply to this


    The nurse was probably disciplined or fired for her behavior, she was ridiculed by the world for falling for the prank, and was probably hounded by the press. Its a lot to take and she was probably not very stable and committed suicide over it. Maybe pranksters should think of the long term consequences to their victims, they could have foreseen her being disciplined or fired and hounded by the press.

  7. 7

    Whilst this lady may have been in a delicate state anyway, that's no excuse to do something which pushes her over the edge. Practical jokes are purely designed to humiliate and embarrass people. They're about laughing at people, not with them. These DJs engaged in a prank without thinking or caring about how it would affect the people they were attempting to dupe and the worst possible consequence has come true. They should be held at least partly to blame for this lady's death rather than being let off the hook like what they did doesn't matter.

  8. 8

    It's not the DJ's fault people! Although it's tragic that the nurse committed suicide it was her doing alone.

  9. SueRG says – reply to this


    I find the very idea of people prank calling a hospital tasteless. And the radio station gave the go-ahead for the prank to go ahead. And the people who did find if funny need to look at themselves. I would never ever find that funny, nor would I do it. There is very much wrong with society in general if prank calling hospitals is acceptable

  10. 10

    First of all for all of you who are so quick to blame the DJS, the hospital should have rules over releasing private information over the phone. They are not allowed to do that. All the nurse did was transfer the call. She wasn't even the one who released the information. Yesterday everyone was laughing over this prank, now everyone wants to play the blame game and point fingers at the DJS for causing her death. They didn't force her to kill herself. Radio DJ's play pranks all the time on air, now you want to say something about it? Give me a break. It is a tragedy what happened to this woman, but it's not the DJ's fault. How come the nurse that did release the information didn't kill herself? She's the one who talked. There had to be more underlining factors other than this phone call that caused the receptionist/nurse to commit suicide. All the information released wasn't even bad, it's not like it was anything we didn't already know about from the media. That being said, I send my sympathy to the nurse's family, and I hope they can find peace and understanding during this tough time.

  11. 11

    Re: hfivas – She violated the policy guidelines on privacy as well.

  12. david says – reply to this


    THIS JSUT SAD SAD SAD. a lesson for all of us to think through, including possible implications, of the things we say and do.

    this seems to be an extreme, but hey, this was this incident's ultimate implication. very sad.

    i am sure these DJ's died a lot today, themselves. this is a complete tragedy for all invloved, and all their families.

  13. 13

    It was the RECEPTIONIST NOT THE NURSE! geez dude

  14. 14

    DJ's play pranks, get laughs and therefore get ratings. It happens all the time and will continue to happen. The nurse was obviously in a very fragile state mentally in the first place to have killed herself, Period. The DJ's did not cause her death and should not be held accountable or made to feel accountable. Neither should they be fired. Everyone is so friggin uptight.

  15. crazy says – reply to this


    Why would anyone commit suicide over some silly harmless prank? truly hope that's not the reason why! If it is people need to lighten up and realize that although Kate is Royal she is still a person like all of us. No need for such drastic measures! So sad.

  16. Brendan says – reply to this


    Re: hfivas – Dude, first of all the privacy violation, if there was one, was on the part of the hospital. Second of all the DJs live in another country entirely. Australia isn't going to extradite two djs for a dumb prank that either didn't violate the law, didn't violate the law in their country or more than likely violated a law that is punishable by a small fine. I am willing to bet that feeling bad about the consequences is going to be the worst punishment they get.

  17. Cdocs says – reply to this


    Has nobody learned not to f*ck with the royal family?! SERIOUSLY

  18. Natalia says – reply to this


    Sad story. But what can you expect from Australians? They log into their friend Face book account and impersonate account holder, send gross messages to friends. They Read other people e-mails and steal wallets and mobile phones from unsuspected home owners. Famous Architect Jørn Oberg Utzon left Australia in disgust and never came back. What is fun for Australians unacceptable, gross and revolting for the rest of the world. Poor nurse didn't know who she was dealing with. Legal action from her relatives will be a good start.

  19. 19

    Re: Natalia – You're a complete fucking moron.

  20. dot says – reply to this


    Re: Natalia – this is what is wrong with american they want to sue everyone you know what it doesn't actually help situations but you guys love the blame game, how about suing the nurse you let out the information huh that was a complete break of patient confidentiality, your statements are completely unfounded and false and obviously stem from a personal situation, so if i took your logic i can know say everyone from you nation are complete and utter morons go back to the hole you crawled out of

  21. dot says – reply to this


    Re: Rina – she wasn't fired at all she wasn't even disciplined also she wasnt even the nurse that released information she just transferred the call

  22. teeter totter says – reply to this


    Sad story indeed, RIP and condolences to her family and friends.

  23. teeter totter says – reply to this


    Re: dot – You are absolutely correct, I did not nor will I watch this call.
    Best wishes to the Royal family for a healthy baby.

  24. @v@ says – reply to this


    She was found dead, but it has not been ruled a suicide yet. Conclusive tests by a coroner take much longer than that. I know suicide bumps the story up a notch for media types,
    but they don't know the cause of death yet.

  25. kandycane says – reply to this


    What's sad is nurse only gave out minor info. It wasn't like she outed someone had AIDS. I Blame them royals for not telling the hospital it was okay. Because we all know that nurses career was OVER. over what… A hypochondriac princess. My friend worked puking in a bucket while driving, get to work and puke all day long. She lived off phenergan up to six mths.

  26. kandycane says – reply to this


    The royals was giving the hospital hell. Yes the woman (nurse) made an error, but we all screw up. So for all you ppl that have your lips planted on the royals ass, think about how dumb the royals are over a stupid visit to the hospital. I had a nurse give health info out. I realized it wasn't worth the womans job. AIDS, or outing a gay man…yes, is worth someones job.

  27. stopbeingsojudgemental says – reply to this


    It was a silly prank. People are overreacting. It sickens me how people in America are so quick to want people to be shunned, fired, and have their life ruined over a prank. They didn't say anything harmful or anything nor did they leak any info that no one knew. I wouldn't call a pregnant woman dealing with morning sickness private information. I find it sick that everyone is attacking them and saying they caused her to commit suicide. Imagine you played a prank on someone and they killed themselves. Imagine everyone blaming you.

    That poor woman I know she was dealing with the press but I would have just laughed it off instead of killing myself. It makes me wonder if she really killed herself because yea it sucks being bombarded with press but killing yourself?

  28. greig-mel says – reply to this


    suicide show -
    tune in -
    loose everything

  29. Sara says – reply to this


    I just got paid $6784 working off my laptop this month. And if you think that's cool, my divorced friend has twin toddlers and made over $9k her first month. It feels so good making so much money when other people have to work for so much less. This is what I do, bing30.com

  30. suz says – reply to this


    Re: hfivas


  31. nukn says – reply to this


    Re: VirginGirl – Do you know what the privacy rules are for royals? Are they same as any other person?

  32. 32

    Gosh such an innocent thing-who hasn't pranked phone call someone in their youth?-Now turns to such tragedy for all involved. No one is to blame it's just sad.

  33. Melissa says – reply to this


    Re: kandycane
    Oh, my goodness. Please don't call people with HG "hypochondriacs." I had it…lost 25 lb in <5 weeks - couldn't keep water down…had a continous IV pumping water and zofran in me for 1 month. It feels like you are dying. It's soooo much worse than you can imagine. Next time you get the flu, imagine having it for 9 horrible months….every second of every minute, of every day. It feels like an eternity.