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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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jeremy b.    

They should DEF. be fired for this, there was a case where a kid posted a video of his roommate having sex with another guy and that guy then killed himself for the humility(Tyler clementi), i realize this has different cir***stances but it is not that different.

632 days ago
92.

wendy    

who's using my name? esp someone i don't agree with?

632 days ago
93.

BABS    

Don't fire them; just no more prank calls; unless that's all they know ... then fire them.

632 days ago
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yong renigin/Philippines    

They have to learn (DJs) their lessons after this selfishness actions. It is invasion of privacy even thought the Royalties are part of the media, they also have their right not to discuss some personal information about them (Royalties) to think that the Duchess is in the hospital. They should have at least some respect and decency.
Now what have they done? (DJs) one human being like Jacintha Saldanha lost her life. Conscience will make you both Famous' hope the two of you could sleep thigh at night.

632 days ago
95.

Carl    

Did a moron write this? Obviously since we are dealing with the TMZ staff. Haven't you ever heard of a forced resignation? In this case I'm positive the head honchos of the radio station basically told them either you choose to take a leave of absence or you are fired.

632 days ago
96.

Lizzie    

The DJ's did not try to hurt anyone, they were doing what DJ's do, around the world, all the time. It was a case of a bad coincidence/timing with the call being answered by someone not familiar with answering the phones.

Maybe the public who were calling her stupid and worse need to be the ones we lay more of the blame on.

However, she killed herself. She has children and a husband. It sounds to me like she was a sick woman to start out with, emotionally fragile. Why lay all the blame at the DJ's feet when in actuality it was a storm of bad timing/coincidence/unstable mental health?

I say lay off the DJ's, I can't imagine how horrible they feel right now and the public is ONCE AGAIN putting pressure on people for making a mistake, just like they did to the nurse. Maybe we are ALL at fault for her death, not just the DJ's.

632 days ago
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Marissa     

Hospitals are suppose to have policies in place to ensure the privacy of all their patients. If the nurse and receptionist failed to stand by such policies they should definitely be reprimanded and possibly fired. There mistake could have resulted in the leak of damaging information regarding the patient. Seeing that this did not occur, the reception/nurse should have been very thankful and owned up to her mistake rather than taking the easy way out and committing suicide. Avoiding humiliation and making mistakes are inevitable in life and for most people, we treat such challenges as learning experiences not as an opportunity to kill ourselves. This is in no way the fault of the radio DJ, as they were just doing there job in providing entertainment for their viewers (and lets stop pretending that this is not the kind of entertainment we all crave).

632 days ago
98.

Mel    

While its very sad that this nurse felt it was her only option, jokes/pranks have been around for Thousand's of years! The joke was funny to everyone until the nurse was reported dead what a bunch of hypocrites including TMZ!!

632 days ago
99.

P    

This was not a harmless prank. It was a form of bullying. Anyone who would have answered the telephone at a hospital would not have been a celebrity. These DJs had no right to put anyone in a position to be made a fool in public. And anyone who ridiculed the nurse for her mistake has to accept some of the blame for her death also. I can understand why the nurse committed suicide. Who could live with the whole world knowing she was fooled and was constantly laughed at. No one should become an unwitting victim of a prank, stunt, practical joke or whatever the DJs and their station label this deliberate attempt to make someone a fool. For ratings. Pathetic and in no way entertainment.

632 days ago
100.

Joao    

The new age, you "suspend" yourself until the heat is off... It's all about placating to the public flicked short-term memory, next sound bite mentality. If they were actually "sorry" or regretted the ramifications of their "prank" they would have quit or should have been fired. When you don't have a moral compass (TMZ), the more operative question should be; "Would I appreciate somebody misrepresenting themselves to coheres and individual (or ME) into divulging privileged information about ME. It always has to be in context about THEM for the amoral types to get it.

632 days ago
101.

Hanapana    

I understand losing your job because of a prank that went too far. But I do not understand how it's anyone else's fault when someone commits suicide. You can have an influence on others, but you cannot MAKE them commit suicide, unless you're in a Saw movie.

632 days ago
102.

Virtual Insanity    

It was a stupid prank. While there was no way the two dj's could have predicted the woman would commit suicide, they should have realized that the prank could have cost people their jobs. I think they are right to resign and glad they had the dignity to do so. I hope they do realize while it was a stupid thing to do, the women chose to take her life and probably had more going on that this one incident. Furthermore, perhaps the hospital should brief their staff better on how and when to divulge information on high profile patients. This is really nobody's fault, but it could have been handled differently. Its a tragic event and I feel bad, really, for everyone involved.

632 days ago
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yong renigin/Philippines    

They have to learn (DJs) their lessons after this selfishness actions. It is invasion of privacy even thought the Royalties are part of the media, they also have their right not to discuss some personal information about them (Royalties) to think that the Duchess is in the hospital. They should have at least some respect and decency.
Now what have they done? (DJs) one human being like Jacintha Saldanha lost her life. Conscience will make you both Famous' hope both of you could sleep thigh at night.

632 days ago
104.

Miss J    

Am I the only one who thinks that was a harmless prank?? The DJ's were not rude, mean, gossiping was even funny joke. I feel sorry for the nurse's family but I don't think in anyway they are guilty of anything more than a harmless prank. Something is off in this story very off.

632 days ago
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Stew Pidaso    

"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."

This is a ridiculous statement to make, and as sad as this is, the DJ's are in no way responsible for this lady killing herself. Radio DJ's everywhere, in America, Australia, or anywhere else, make prank phone calls every single day. We listen & laugh while we are driving to work in the morning. So because someone was so embarrased about it that she killed herself, does that mean that radio shows should never make prank calls again? No, of course not. Quit being a little bitch about it & realize that the blame for this lady killing herself lies strictly on herself.

632 days ago
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