While Network 10’s reality TV Show Bachelor In Paradise failed to pull the same numbers as Nine’s Married At First Sight, last night did deliver the longest unedited scene in Australian reality TV history, according to the network.
Channel 10 heavily promoted the “raw and uncut” scene, which was a nine-minute conversation between Bachelor exes Alex Nation and Richie Strahan.
Ahead of the broadcast, host Osher Gunsberg posted on Twitter the scene would be aired with no cuts “out of respect to the audience and out of respect to Rich and Alex”.
Viewers were expecting to hear the bombshell reason behind the ex-flames split, yet it was only ever alluded to.
Nation revealed she went through “something massive that no woman should go through”, which was the cause of their breakup.
Social media has been abuzz with speculations, but the real reason behind the split has yet to be confirmed or denied.
Many viewers seemed to cotton-on to what Nation and Strahan were discussing, with many lashing out at Channel 10 for airing something so personal.
Not easily offended. But @Channel10AU, we didn’t settle in for mind-numbing tv only to feel like we were intruding on an intensely private conversation that should’ve been left alone. Yes, they’re aware of where they are, but to air that was crass. I’m out.#BachelorInParadiseAU
— Carly Austin (@CarlsAussie) April 10, 2019
This is so personal and I tense. I feel like I shouldn't be watching #BachelorInParadiseAU
— Rach (@rachl_amm) April 10, 2019
A Channel 10 spokesperson told news.com.au: “Alex and Richie’s reunion conversation was an organic moment that was not prompted by show producers. To be faithful to this moment, 10 made the decision to show the conversation unedited and in full, with the aim of delivering an impartial retelling.”
“It is a common grievance of reality television stars that footage is heavily edited, contrived or manipulated. Given that this was the first time Alex and Richie had seen each other since their break-up, producers felt it was essential to film and broadcast their reunion in its entirety.
“Both Alex and Richie were comfortable with this. It aired unedited, uncensored and as a split screen enabling viewers to get a feel first hand for what they had both been through and what they had to say.”
Meanwhile, radio duo Kyle and Jackie O were pulled off air this morning following a discussion around why Nation and Richie Strahan broke up.
The breakfast program was taken off air as the hosts debated what Nation and Strahan were talking about on the reality TV show last night.
Sandilands said he was “going out on a limb and being the only person in media willing to [openly talk about it]. Why is everyone tiptoeing around it?”
However, it was a comment by KIIS FM’s Brooklyn Ross that was too much for the show’s censor, and the breakfast program was taken off air for 30 seconds.