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Married At First Sight stars slam Nine’s decision to cast controversial groom Simon Blackburn

Married At First Sight stars slam Channel Nine’s decision to cast controversial groom Simon Blackburn in the reality show’s upcoming season


Former Married At First Sight participants have lashed out at Channel Nine for casting controversial groom Simon Blackburn in the show’s upcoming season.

Simon was kicked off the latest season of MAFS after his vile TikTok rants against women and gay people recently resurfaced.

Several MAFS stars voiced condemnation on their social media pages, with Nasser Sultan saying he was ‘absolutely disgusted’ about the situation.  

Backlash: Former Married At First Sight participants have lashed out at Channel Nine for casting controversial groom Simon Blackburn (pictured) in the show’s upcoming season

‘Friends of mine that work behind the scenes have said to me, this is the story. They knew about this bloke about two, three months ago when the casting was happening,’ Nasser, 54, said in a video posted to Instagram on Wednesday.

‘They didn’t do anything about it, they’ve kept the story hidden hoping that it might go away, and if it didn’t go away, then they’ll deal with it when it comes up.’

He added: ‘I feel the show has really gone downhill since I’ve been on it. Every year just gets worse and worse and worse. Scandals, wife swaps, all that bulls**t – just give us some love.’

Speaking out: Several MAFS stars voiced condemnation on their social media pages, with Nasser Sultan (pictured) saying he was 'absolutely disgusted' about the situation

Speaking out: Several MAFS stars voiced condemnation on their social media pages, with Nasser Sultan (pictured) saying he was ‘absolutely disgusted’ about the situation

Meanwhile, former MAFS bride Hayley Vernon said the network ‘needs to be held accountable for the PTSD women have to deal with after dealing with people like this on their show’.

‘Disgusting. You should be ashamed and hang your head in shame,’ said former MAFS groom Steve Burley.  

‘Where is the duty of care?’ questioned Tracey Jewel.

Slammed: Former MAFS bride Hayley Vernon (pictured) said the network 'needs to be held accountable for the PTSD women have to deal with after dealing with people like this on their show'

Slammed: Former MAFS bride Hayley Vernon (pictured) said the network ‘needs to be held accountable for the PTSD women have to deal with after dealing with people like this on their show’

Samantha Harvey said she didn’t believe Blackburn had simply slipped through the cracks, explaining that the show carries out extensive background checks.  

‘My TikTok was brought up on my socials check by their “social media team”, and so was an old account I used to have on Instagram, which I deleted years before the show,’ the 31-year-old told The Wash.

‘I had police checks, all ID forms sent in and my entire web footprint brought up. This man didn’t slip through the cracks, I don’t believe that one bit.’

Thorough: Samantha Harvey (pictured) said she didn't believe Blackburn had simply slipped through the cracks, explaining that the show carries out extensive background checks

Thorough: Samantha Harvey (pictured) said she didn’t believe Blackburn had simply slipped through the cracks, explaining that the show carries out extensive background checks

Several TikTok and Instagram videos featuring Blackburn recently emerged, which showed him making homophobic and misogynistic remarks. 

In one video, he described gay people as ‘disgusting’ and ‘filthy’, while another video showed him referring to women as ‘b****hes’ and ‘c**ts’. 

Channel Nine told Daily Mail Australia on Thursday that Blackburn was removed from the hit reality TV show once the ‘social media content was discovered’. 

'Disgusting. You should be ashamed and hang your head in shame,' said former MAFS groom Steve Burley (pictured)

‘Disgusting. You should be ashamed and hang your head in shame,’ said former MAFS groom Steve Burley (pictured)

‘When unacceptable social media content was discovered in relation to Simon Blackburn we immediately took steps to remove him from the program. We won’t be making further comment,’ the network said in a statement.

Blackburn later addressed the controversy in a post on his Instagram Stories, and said he’d be making ‘no further comment’.

‘To clarify, I haven’t posted on TikTok in six months and all videos of me are reposts or screenshots of lives from last year! Not my current thoughts or mindset!’ he said. 

Controversial: Several TikTok and Instagram videos featuring Blackburn recently emerged, which showed him making homophobic and misogynistic remarks

Controversial: Several TikTok and Instagram videos featuring Blackburn recently emerged, which showed him making homophobic and misogynistic remarks

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