Nine is in damage control after calls for MAFS expert Mel Schilling to be sacked are gaining traction.
The calls for Schilling’s dismissal following a controversial first commitment ceremony where Schilling’s reprimanded Bronson Norrish for calling his “wife” Ines Basic a “c*nt” during Sunday’s episode.
Schillings said to Bronson: “When you use language like that in relation to a woman, how do you expect her to respond to you?
“A tip from me to you: Don’t use language like that if you want any chance of a relationship”.
MAFS fans and social media users are up in arms over Schilling’s comments, calling her out for her “double standards”.
Ines is a controversial participant on the show, with many MAFS viewers horrified by her “disgusting” behaviour towards Bronson.
The fact Schillings called out Bronson’s comments and not Ines’ constant berating of her husband throughout their wedding and honeymoon has led MAFS viewers demanding her dismissal.
Fan outrage grew on Monday, with a Change.org petition calling for Ms Schilling to be sacked getting more than 33,000 signatures (at the time of publishing).
The petition also alleges viewers are getting deleted and blocked on Nine’s social media pages for leaving negative comments about the MAFS expert.
Responding to the backlash, Schilling told 9 Honey she was “gender blind” when she spoke to MAFS participants.
She said: “Abusive or harmful behaviour is something I’m going to call out whether it’s men or women doing it”.
Schilling also said she was “not privy” to everything that happened between the couples on the show.
In a statement to 9 Honey, Nine executive producer John Walsh said he was “shocked at the backlash Mel has received for defending another woman.
“Mel acted in the only way appropriate by calling out the language — language that is not ever considered acceptable anywhere, anytime”.