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Australian DJs

We're SUSPENDING OURSELVES

Due to Suicide

12/7/2012 11:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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The two Australian DJs behind the Kate Middleton hospital prank that may have led to the suicide of a nurse have decided to REMOVE themselves from the airwaves.

Southern Cross Austereo, the company that owns the station, has released a statement ... saying, "SCA and 2Day FM are deeply saddened by the tragic news of the death of nurse Jacintha Saldanha from King Edward VII’s Hospital."

SCA says the CEO has spoken with both of the DJs ... who are both "deeply shocked" over the tragedy.

The company adds, "SCA and the hosts have decided that they will not return to their radio show until further notice out of respect for what can only be described as a tragedy."

Interesting that SCA did NOT pull the DJs off the air immediately following the prank ... but instead waited until the backlash after Saldanha's suicide.

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gambithb    

Am I the only one that thinks maybe she was killed ??

649 days ago
62.

Jody    

"out of respect" BS….this is called the cooling off period because so many people are angry with them. Give it a couple of weeks and these two jerks will be right back on the air.

649 days ago
63.

woodin    

What's more important and is missing from the story is the treatment and behavior showed to the nurse from her hospital peers, superiors and general public over the joke.

This was a harmless joke that unfortunately spiraled out of control but I don't think the results are the fault of the DJ's....

649 days ago
64.

wendy    

the royals have been having to play alot of defense lately, harry in vegas, kate's topless pics, these dj's. i suppose it's to be expected, it's a whole new world, new technology,back in the day people were a little more respectful, the queen needs to step up her game

649 days ago
65.

PT    

They should be prosecuted. ********s.

649 days ago
66.

brown dynamite    

This nurse deals with life altering situations every single day and she kills herself for transferring a call on a prank? I don't put this all on those DJ's, she was unstable long before this.

649 days ago
67.

bukibby    

These *******s are the one to be blame! They embarrass this women or no reason.

649 days ago
68.

Jodi    

I would not fire the DJ's, suspend them but not fire them. This nurse did not give out any information SHE ONLY PUT THE CALL THROUGH TO ANOTHER NURSE WHO GAVE OUT THE INFO. I can't understand why she would commit suicide over putting a call through. I bet something else was going with her.

649 days ago
69.

Kate    

It's terrible that the woman took her own life, but let's get real. This one thing would not be enough to push anyone to commit suicide. Clearly the nurse must have had some other issues that no one could expect radio personalities on the other side of the world to have predicted. DJs do these pranks all the time. It's standard radio fare. They were obviously not expecting to have been put through and to blame them for the error of the nurse in doing so is ridiculous. I'm sure they feel horrible, but they are not to blame for her death.

649 days ago
70.

Mali    

These two need to be terminated immedately, and they shouldnt be able to get in any airwaves anymore

649 days ago
71.

Sassy    

"Interesting that SCA did NOT pull the DJs off the air immediately following the prank ... but instead waited until the backlash after Saldanha's suicide."




Really, TMZ? You guys, of all people, are actually adding that statement to the bottom of your story. Don't make me laugh.

649 days ago
72.

John the Lawyer    

The radio station/network should offer to take care of her relatives and final arrangements.

649 days ago
73.

Chi    

Now, it will be their own turn to commit suicide. After which, their bosses and the bosses of their bosses; and on and on it will go.

649 days ago
74.

Suzy15    

This is so sad. What they did was unfair, unfunny and immature. They've caused someone to commit suicide due to the shame and humiliation, a person who had a family. All for a laugh. It has made a mockery of the NHS, which isn't perfect but isn't the worst in the world. And "suspending themselves" they are clearly so arrogant! It's them now who have to live with it knowing her children grow up without a mother.

649 days ago
75.

Phreaky    

Look, it's sad and all, but this nurse clearly had issues other than this incident. If she didn't and she only killed herself because of this prank, well... I won't say it, but no loss.

649 days ago
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