Australian DJs Make Their First Public Statement After Nurse’s Apparent Suicide (VIDEO)
2Day FM DJs Michael Christian and Mel Greig have broken their silence about the prank call that led to the apparent suicide of nurse Jacintha Saldanha.
The Aussie DJs made their first public appearance on A Current Affair and were visibly distraught. “Nobody could have imagined this was going to happen,” said Greig. “It was never meant to go that far. It was meant to be a silly prank.”
Christian and Greig prank called King Edward VII hospital where the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, had been admitted for acute morning sickness. The DJs faked British accents, pretending to be the Queen and Prince Philip. To their surprise, Saldanha put the call through and they were able to obtain confidential information about Kate’s medical state. A few days after the prank, Saldanha’s lifeless body was found in her apartment, an apparent suicide.
Christian broke down during the interview and gave his deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Saldanha: “Obviously Mel and myself are incredibly sorry for this situation and what’s happened. And we hope that they’re doing okay and they’re getting the love and support that they need and deserve right now, but personally I’m gutted.”
Following Saldanha’s death, many people pointed the finger at the DJs’ prank. It’s easy to place the blame on Christian and Grieg for the tragic event but let’s not forgot that terrible events like these are not usually the result of a single factor.
The DJs have suspended themselves from the air and have removed their Twitter and Facebook pages.