DJ’s Who Tricked Nurse Into Divulging Confidential Kate Middleton Information Are Jerks – Not Murderers

Kate Middleton

Shock-jock DJ’s who pull stupid pranks aren’t my favorite. In fact, I don’t like them at all. When I heard about the prank that 2DayFM presenters Mel Greig and Michael Christian pulled on the nurse fielding calls for Kate Middleton, I thought it was stupid, immature, and totally in line with what these people do for a living. I may not like them – but they’re not murderers. They’re DJ’s who pulled an asinine prank that went horribly wrong.

What were they thinking when they made the call that morning? Who knows. I could guess that they were thinking they would get a few funny minutes on air with one of the DJ’s doing a horrible English accent impersonating the Queen and ultimately be hung up on by a nurse who didn’t buy it. I really believe there is no way they actually thought they were going to make it through.

Rhys Holleran, the chief executive of Southern Cross Austereo, which owns the station
is quoted in the Daily Mail:

‘I spoke to both presenters early this morning and it’s fair to say they are completely shattered.

‘These people aren’t machines, they’re human beings. What happened is incredibly tragic and we’re deeply saddened and we’re incredibly affected by that.’

He added: ‘I think prank calls as a craft in radio have been going for decades and decades and are not just part of one radio station or network or country.

‘No-one could have reasonably foreseen what ended up being an incredibly tragic day.’

As tragic as this situation is, and how awful it is that the nurse, Jacintha Saldanha, ended up committing suicide – I actually believe him. How could anyone have forseen this outcome? It is pretty unbelievable. I was shocked to learn that this had driven someone to suicide.

The radio show has been suspended indefinitely. The station itself has lost many advertisers. These two “pranksters” are hated by the world. It’s confusing to me that the world can accept that something like a prank would drive a woman to suicide, and on the same token would crucify these two people – who obviously didn’t believe they would have someone’s blood on their hands.

How would the world react if one of the pair was found dead after all of this? Would they have had it coming? Maybe I shouldn’t be sticking up for these morons, but the situation has turned into a world-wide witch hunt. Something just feels wrong about that.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255): Suicide hotline, 24/7 free and confidential, nationwide network of crisis centers.

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  • MommyK

    Agreed….How could anyone think that a suicide would have resulted from that? It’s not a logical leap from a silly prank phone call to a death, and I’m sure they had no clue they would get through in the first place. People are being so mean to these DJs, and I don’t think they deserve it. Who knows what else the nurse had going on in her life, and this was just the final straw?

  • jayqamsma

    I agree with you. Really the whole thing is unbelievable and sad.

  • bumbler

    if you’re just one prank phone call away from death then idk if the prank caller can really be held responsible for such a fragile psyche.

  • once upon a time

    I agree completely with everything that everyone has said. I just want to add something that may or may not be relevant – this particular radio station has an awful track record with these kind of controversial stunts backfiring. A few years ago they were in the news for hooking a teenage girl up to a lie detector and broadcasting her admission that she lost her virginity to rape. So some of the vitriol is directed at the station, which is my opinion deserves to be pulled off air, more than the presenters.

  • LiteBrite

    Having had a couple of friends who committed suicide, and been close to it myself several years ago, I can say with confidence that it takes a hell of a lot more than a prank call, no matter how cruel it may have been, to drive someone to suicide. It was a horrible, misguided prank that wound up unfortunately coinciding with someone’s personal pain.

  • lea

    I agree with you, and all of the other commenters. These guys did a crappy crappy thing. Quite possibly illegal too, for which investigations are ongoing. I can’t believe the hypocrisy of the media and the public though- the vitriol directed at these two is an order of magnitude greater than anything that may have been directed to the nurse.

    I just wanted to add another thing, the nurse who committed suicide wasn’t actually the one who divulged personal information, she merely took the call and put it through to the right ward. This seems to suggest (to me at least, but what do I know) that it would have even less to do with the call than some of the rabid press are implying.

    The whole thing is a giant mess.