‘It’s the absolute cesspit of TV!’ ABC News Breakfast host Michael Rowland SLAMS Married At First Sight saying it ‘encourages cheating and adultery’
ABC News Breakfast host Michael Rowland has unleashed an extraordinary tirade against Channel Nine ratings smash Married At First Sight.
On Monday, Michael declared on air that MAFS is ‘the absolute cesspit’ of television and ‘encourages cheating and adultery’.
He was responding to Sunday night’s reunion dinner party that saw a physical fight break out between two brides, Cyrell Paule and Martha Kalifatidis.
‘It’s the absolute cesspit of TV’: ABC’s Michael Rowland [left] SLAMMED Married At First Sight on Monday in the wake of Sunday night’s explosive dinner party [right]
‘I’ve never understood the appeal of this show,’ Michael told his co-host Virginia Trioli.
‘I fully appreciate it’s watched by gazillions, and well done Channel Nine for sustaining it, but this is a show that destroys relationships, it doesn’t celebrate relationships.’
Michael went on to say that MAFS sends a bad message its teenage audience.
‘This is a show that encourages cheating and adultery. What sort of message is this show setting to teenagers like mine, who I’m trying to teach about the nature of stable, loving relationships? It’s the absolute cesspit of TV.’
Opinion: In his on-air comments, Michael said MAFS ‘encourages cheating and adultery’. He later took to Twitter saying he had ‘to get this off’ his chest
Support: He received a lot of support online, with fellow ABC presenter Julia Zemiro agreeing ‘wholeheartedly’
Not a fan: Another social media user posted ‘Putrid sums it up perfectly’
Boycotting: One said that they simply ‘refuse’ to watch the show as the advertising looks ‘vile’
Michael took to Twitter after Monday’s breakfast program, saying that he ‘had to get this off my chest.’
He received a lot of support online, with fellow ABC presenter Julia Zemiro agreeing ‘wholeheartedly’.
‘You cannot on the one hand believe there should be no bullying in schools and call out gaslighting and bad behaviour against women, and simultaneously watch this and say ‘but it’s my guilty pleasure’,’ Julia wrote. ‘This show is putrid.’
Another social media user posted ‘Putrid sums it up perfectly’ along with another who simply wrote ‘BRAVO’ in response to Michael’s comments.
One said they simply ‘refuse’ to watch the show as the advertising looks ‘vile’.
Drama: On Sunday’s episode, Martha Kalifatidis [left] and Cyrell Paule [right] clashed after Martha poured a glass of red wine over Cyrell’s head from behind
Sunday night’s explosive dinner party reunion saw Martha Kalifatidis pour a glass of red wine over Cyrell Paule’s head from behind.
Martha’s assault came after Cyrell had berated her ‘husband’ Michael Brunelli at the table, telling him, ‘When it comes to your wife, you have no balls.’
‘I’m getting up,’ said Martha, 30, to co-star Ines Basic while revealing her plan to pour the drink over Cyrell, 29, after overhearing her ‘husband’ getting criticised.
Vocal: Martha’s assault came after Cyrell [pictured centre] had berated her ‘husband’ Michael Brunelli at the table, telling him, ‘When it comes to your wife, you have no balls’
Moments before this, Martha said: ‘If she keeps talking to Michael, I’m going to crawl across the table and gouge her eyes out.’
Ines urged her not to react, saying: ‘Yuck, let’s just make our own conversation and forget it.’
The brunette walked up behind Cyrell and emptied her glass, quickly then running away.
Two-part finale: The drama is set to continue on Monday night. Pictured: Sam Ball