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Dangerous Pranks

12/10/2012 8:14 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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There's some serious hypocrisy at the Australian radio station that pulled the plug on the Kate Middleton pranksters -- because the station has a history of setting up dangerous stunts ... some purposely designed to cause panic and mayhem.

2DayFM's "Kyle and Jackie O" show aired a segment called "Desperate Acts" back in 2009 ... where a listener was given $1,000 to call her sister and convince her their mother was injured, bleeding, and in need of medical attention.

It worked ... the sister called 911 and sent paramedics speeding to the mother, who was totally fine.

That hoax prompted a police investigation.

Later in 2009 ... Kyle and Jackie O hooked up a teenager to a lie detector while her mother grilled her about her sex life. The stunt blew up in their faces when the girl suddenly revealed she had been raped when she was 12.

That segment led to another police investigation, and got the DJs a week-long suspension.

Additionally, 2DayFM has reportedly been on probation multiple times for violating Australia's broadcast code.

Despite getting repeatedly slapped on the wrist for their stunts ... 2DayFM honchos still signed off on Michael Christian and Mel Greig pulling the Kate prank.

2DayFM's response to the nurse's death has been that "no one could have predicted" the tragedy -- arguably true -- but they've also broadcast stunts where tragedy is not only foreseeable, but desired.

So, canceling the DJ's show ... hypocritical?

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CorkiDeCat    

What was so dangerous about pretending to be the queen? Unless you're a delusional nurse?

644 days ago
77.

Laurie    

I didn't hear people yelling about this horrible, illegal stunt until AFTER the nurse was found dead. Do we even have confirmation it was a suicide yet? Perhaps a heart attack? Who knows?! Before the nurse was found dead people were talking about the call but not once did I hear this extreme level of outrage. If the call was that bad

644 days ago
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Dr Samuel Weiscrak    

JSCHU about an hour ago - "Next to the sister who called 911 everything else was soft. But who's to blame with the 911 call I'm guessing the sister who got her sister to think her mom was hurt, she was the one who pushed that prank to where it went not the DJs. The girl who told her mom she was raped problem was relieved she finally got to tell her mom, I know my friend was after ten years of walking around with that secret."
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Dear JSCHU, you ignorant tool. I implore you, please stop embarrassing yourself with your idiotic comments. lolols
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The 14 year old girl was dragged down to the radio station by her mother against her will to be grilled in an on air "lie detector test" about her use of drugs and partying. When the on air interview started the girl protested ... "I’m scared ... it's not fair." she said. And her mother already knew the girl had been raped at 12 and coerced her to speak about it, and the DJ briefly continued the interview afterward too. So just STFU and stop ASSuming what 14 yo rape victims are really feeling. The 14 yo girl wasn't relieved to be forced against her will to admit on air that she was raped at 12 years old by her mother and some jerk off DJ for ratings!
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"Kyle and Jackie O’s Lie Detector segment turned to disaster today when a 14-year-old girl - dragged on the 2Day FM radio show by her mother - angrily revealed she had been raped.
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The girl, who had been brought on to undergo a lie detector test about her mother's concerns about her drug and sex experience, told Kyle Sandilands before the questions started: "I’m scared ... it's not fair."
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The mother told the presenters she was worried about her daughter's use of drugs and partying, before going on to ask the teenager if she ever skipped school.
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The mother then asked her daughter: "Have you ever had sex?"
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The 14-year-old replied: "I’ve already told you the story about this ... and don’t look at me and smile because it’s not funny."
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After a pause she then raised her voice and said: "Oh OK … I got raped when I was 12 years old."
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Sandilands hesitated before asking "Right ... is that the only experience you’ve had?"
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The girl’s mother interrupted, saying she found out about the rape only "a couple of months ago".
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Jackie O then said they would drop the lie detector test as they had been unaware of the rape incident."

http://www.smh.com.au/news/enetertainment/articles/2009/07/29/1248546762075.html

644 days ago
79.

Jay    

First of all what they did was not funny at all. Pretending to be someones relative to a hospital nurse to get information is not only against the law but it is sick. However the hospital should have a password code system imposed for someone as high profile as Kate. Anyone could have just called and said "Hi this is the queen"(as they did) and then get personal med info. Now of course its not the nusres fault she didnt think of that nor would a trusting person that should have been an order from the higher ups. Shows a major breach of security on the hospitals part. Also it really is a shame if she killed herself soley because of this I mean she has two little kids. Why would she kill herself because she was pranked? Was she fired? Does she have mental illness? Im sure more will come out. These two punks need to stay off the air waves.

644 days ago
80.

Pookie    

So much pressure on the DJs, but the radio station management and well-paid attorneys should be taking as much if not more heat. What attorney in his/her right mind would ever think it's a good idea to air a recording of a medical person discussing someone's condition during a prank call?

And really nice of the radio station to not be present for the interview, either. A bunch of cowards.

644 days ago
81.

Poudriers    

Why is everyone so sure that THIS is why she killed herself? Seems to be a big leap - and very selfish to leave 2 daughters behind - now motherless - OVER WHAT? She took a call - big deal.

644 days ago
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drgnFlyWlf10    

OK at first I was like no big deal they just pranked a nurse to get some info if a stupid royal whatever, but now I see these other Ines they did and now I'm like f...u, c k them

644 days ago
83.

Hannah Bakk    

They have a sense of humor, and if you cannot handle a joke you are a sad person! Get over it, sad to say but the nurse had issues to kill herself over something so small.

644 days ago
84.

Nicoleasm    

I really think the hospital and nurses have to take some blame in this. They can't be so star struck over the queen calling, that they forget about their oath to protect their patients privacy and well being. As a healthcare professional myself, we're not allowed to give out any information over the phone. What could be next, some random psycho calling, "pretending to be the queen", and asking what room the baby is staying in...that could really be a potential disaster, ie leading to a kidnapping. The hospital needs to get it together

644 days ago
85.

Robin    

Why do they keep claiming that no one could have foreseen this outcome? EVERYONE could have foreseen this outcome. It was a numbers game of combining the "harmless" prank with the wrong person. These two should go to jail. The radio station should lose its license - being that this is not the first time they've allowed and thus promoted and sanctioned these calls. Charge the DJs with aggravated manslaughter. THEY provided the stressor that broke Jacintha's back. Not intentionally. But that's what aggravated manslaughter is. They filled left this poor woman with shame for leaking private info that could have gotten her fired, for putting her hospital under investigation, and for deeply and personally disappointing the Queen of England. This is the responsibility of the two morons who were too lazy and not talented enough to write their own content. They and those like them rely on the humiliation of strangers for the funny. They're not writers, they're not comedians. They have no point of view. They're not wry, not ironic, not satirical. They are NOTHING. They humiliate strangers for entertainment purposes. That in itself makes them guilty. Jacintha's dead. A mother orphaned two kids because her shame was too intolerable.

644 days ago
86.

Mayu    

I say it's about time to get shock jocks like them off the air. While the prank itself wasn't enough to cause the nurse to commit suicide, after all, she only passed the call she didn't actually do anything... you just don't prank hospitals, police or fire. Those emergency responders who went to the home of that one girl's mother could have been held up on a prank instead of heading to the house of someone having an actual heart attack. And getting a girl to admit to being raped as a child on air? that's not going to further scar her mentally. These two should be shamed out of their country.

644 days ago
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Dr Samuel Weiscrak    

Assie regulators should shut them down, off with Austereo's heads! They never were a very good broadcaster anyway...license their bandwidth to someone else.

644 days ago
88.

TITAN70    

Ok what I don't understand is how when these DJs made that prank call EVERYONE praised it, and laughed about it and thought it was a great prank! Now that this lady killed herself everyone is calling for their heads! This lady obviously had other issues, it's a prank, blood is most definitely not on their hands! Look at the show punk'd...That show pulls some pretty outrages pranks on celebrities, but you don't see them committing suicide, leave these DJs alone mostly everyone thought it was funny and laughed about it and praised them, you can't now start to want "justice"...what justice? They didn't kill her, SHE DID!

644 days ago
89.

life    

DJ - Respect people's job. Dont make fun of people. Now you know the level of respect people give to their job.

644 days ago
90.

Asmarlak    

We all get tricked and feel humiliated sometimes. To take her own life and leave her children and family behind for that?, she must have had some sort of mental disorder.

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