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'Shattered' Australian DJs Break Silence Over Deadly Kate Middleton Prank Call: VIDEO

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Last week I posted about the prank call made by two Australian radio DJs to Kate Middleton at the hospital where she was staying while enduring morning sickness. Jacintha Saldanha, the nurse who connected the DJs to another nurse who released private information after being duped into thinking she was speaking with Prince Charles and The Queen, subsequently committed suicide.

The DJs, Mel Greig and Michael Christian took themselves off the air last week, and gave their first interview about the tragedy to Australia's Current Affair.

Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. @RRHAIN: Who made up these rules for pranking??? Name your source, please.

    Posted by: andrew | Dec 10, 2012 10:39:35 PM


  2. Did you notice that the DJs don't believe they have any responsibility in what happened.

    First off - No one could have imagined this could happen. No ones fault
    Second- We thought we'd be hung up on. Jacintha's fault for trusting them.
    Third - We just make the bits, there's a process to decide what gets on the air. Management's fault.

    I bet when they negotiate contracts they are geniuses who deserve more money for how talented they are. In this case they claim they are just pawns in someone else's game.

    Whatever they *thought* the outcome would be is not relevant. What actually happened is.

    Posted by: Paul | Dec 10, 2012 10:47:48 PM


  3. @Paul: The DJ's are guilty of nothing more than making a silly phone prank. The nurse who took her life over this and left her husband a widower and her children motherless was an obviously troubled individual.

    Posted by: andrew | Dec 10, 2012 11:06:29 PM


  4. And what "actually happened," Paul?

    I'll tell you--they "actually" ended up staying on the line for longer than they expected. They "actually" spoke with dopey accents to hospital staff. They "actually" were told that Kate was feeling better.

    That's all that "actually" happened. Everything that has occurred afterward as a result was out of proportion with the "actual" events and ridiculously absurd.

    Posted by: StudioTodd | Dec 11, 2012 12:47:01 AM


  5. The refrain seems to be: "It wasn't our fault. We didn't decide to put the call on the air. Someone else made all the decisions. And even so, no one could have foreseen...blah...blah...blah.... Don't blame us."

    Food for thought, though: Maybe it's time to foresee that the unforeseen might be damaging, and that the people you prank might not be equipped to deal with what you plan to put them through.

    Posted by: Keppler | Dec 11, 2012 12:48:38 AM


  6. First off, why did "AJ" find it necessary to make the comment: "Just like all the bullied little kids that Towleroad harps on." "Harps on?" You are an unmitigated merely provocative without substance moron to make such an unfounded correlation. The kids committing suicide had been living very few years, most of which were torment without relent, unlike the nurse who was the adult tragic victim of a self-destructive decision she made. Why she made that radical of a decision in the face of what most folks would consider a passing event of embarrassment is yet to be determined. But for "AJ" to say that Towleroad "harps on" kids deaths, as if the reporting is disproportional to the tragedy of this LGBTQ majority death toll of childhood suicide in the face of unrelenting bullying is a comment I would expect from an official from the Ugandan "Kill the Gays" Party.

    Secondly, my condolences go out to the family and friends of Jacintha Saldanha, who somehow felt her self-deliverance was her only option. It occurs to me that a clash of cultures of tragic proportions was at play here. Oftentimes, minorities who work hard to achieve positions of responsibility in a culture different from their ancestral origins set very rigid and hard standards for themselves to try to “fit in” with their perceived standards of action in that different culture. Indeed, it could have been (and I emphasize “could”) that this was a matter of deeply held self-imposed standards of honor she formed to get past prejudices in order to “belong” to a culture different from that of her ancestors.

    Posted by: Thomas Cardellino | Dec 11, 2012 2:36:13 AM


  7. I think that what this ultimalety comes down to is that the nurse comes from an Indian background, which means she had a different value system when it comes to such things as privacy, shame, embarrasment and ultimately "loss of face." And keep in mind that this was not some random hospital she worked at, it is a ROYAL hospital, and she was at least partially responsible for releasing private medical information about an ailing pregnant woman.

    I can definately see how she was not able to simply "get over it", or "laught it off", as others here claim she should've done...

    Posted by: Lee | Dec 11, 2012 4:46:21 AM


  8. @Andrew:

    RRHAIN's "source" is common sense and decency. It is arrogant to embarrass strangers on the premise that you "know" how they'll react, or even worse, how they "should" react. The fact that our culture has chosen to indulge in it with hidden camera shows, radio shock-jocks, and the like, doesn't make it any more morally acceptable. People who don't volunteer themselves to be public spectacles should never be forced into that role.

    Posted by: Dan | Dec 11, 2012 6:37:31 AM


  9. Remember these are the same shock jocks who were reprimanded several years ago for getting 13 year old girl on the air and forcing her to admit she had been raped. They promised to never never do anything like this again and ... they did it again. This is bullying plain and simple. The are going to be charged as is their station manager. I heard it on the BBC this morning.

    Posted by: Liam | Dec 11, 2012 10:30:05 AM


  10. OK, excellent. Now we have something to compare it to. Clearly, what they did to the 13 year old was wrong, because: 1) it involved a 13 year old 2) it involved that person's history of being violated and 3) it was aired publicly.

    The ONLY similarity is #3. They did put a few seconds of this woman on the air. If she was so devastated, she should have sued the station, not killed herself. This was clearly a "last straw" that pushed someone already depressed over the edge. And if that's cause for dismissal from a job and being charged with something, what next? I looked at someone the wrong way and 20 seconds later they jumped off a bridge? Should I be thrown into jail for the fact I didn't smile? At a certain point in society we have to say adults are responsible for the own actions, including their response to mild adversity.
    Remember the woman who thought the deer crossing signs were for deer and has been lampooned by millions on youtube? That was 100X times as embarrassing for her as this, and yet she took it in good humor.


    Posted by: EchtKultig | Dec 11, 2012 12:43:13 PM


  11. "Did you notice that the DJs don't believe they have any responsibility in what happened."

    Because they don't.

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Dec 11, 2012 12:45:55 PM


  12. ECHTKULTIG and Liam. That was Kyle (Sandilands) and Jackie O, they broadcast on the same channel as Mel and Michael. Idiot!

    Posted by: Tom | Dec 11, 2012 10:47:35 PM


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