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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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91.

Ken Brown    

Come on people lets be real here you all laughed before the suicide. Now let's think this would have had to pass the bosses and the legal department before it was aired. Next all this lady did was pass call to nurses station if it was suicide there was other issues in her head. Also ask yourself why wouldn't she commit suicide at home not yards from the hospital sounds a little fishy especially like I said with very little to do with the whole phone call. Finally these DJ's didn't make the call thinking who can we get to kill themselves today so give them a break.

645 days ago
92.

JMO    

The stunt above is out of line. However, the prank call to the hospital was just silly. I don't blame the DJ's for this woman's suicide any more than I blame guns for killing people. She obviously had other issues.

645 days ago
93.

CHRYL    

This sick radio station appears to be the lowest of lowest: they put people lives in danger just to please a public that appears to get their kicks from others pain and suffering; it is just as much the public fault as it is the announcers who did it; it appears that the public should take action and remove this station and their should be laws that prohibts anybody from this sort of disgrace without Grave consequencs!!!!!!! FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE LAUGHING...THIS IS NOT ONE DAMN BIT FUNNY,..... A HUMAN BEING LOST HER LIFE AND IF WE ARE LAUGHING ......THEN THIS RADIO STATION APPEARS NOT TO BE AS SICK AS I THOUGHT IT WAS....FOR WE APPEAR TO BE THE SICK ONES......WE ALLOWED THEM TO DO WHAT THEY DO!!!!!!!

WHAT IS THIS WORLD COMING TO....WHEN A PERSON DYING APPEARS TO BE SOMETHING TO LAUGH AT!!!!!!

645 days ago
94.

jo    

They canceled the show and did the interviews only AFTER Lexus pulled their ads. Money talks louder than apparent morals.

The station has a history of controversy, including a series of "Heartless Hotline" shows in which disadvantage people were offered a prize that could be taken away from them by listeners. Wow, talk about juvenile toilet humor. I wonder if McCain's daughter who was on Anderson still thinks this is funny...

645 days ago
95.

tleeg    

Moron DJs

645 days ago
96.

jen    

2DayFM are s*** bags without a doubt but the DJ's are not responsible for the nurses suicide ,
1, The prank was pre recordered and given approval from management to air knowing they had gotten medical information,

2.it was a stupid prank not worth getting all worked up over (if the 12 year girl that was raped committed suicide after the lie detector prank l would hold the DJ's responsible)

3. l saw the interview with the DJ's on ACA and l do believe they are devestated and could not have known the outcome but l also think they where told what to say to protect the radio station from any liabilty

645 days ago
97.

2idiots    

Wow, I remember making prank phone calls when I was in middle school and Jr High...these two dipshyts are in their 30s and making them as a "joke". It certainly speaks to their maturity level (or the lack there of).
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These radio based prank phone calls are NEVER funny.

645 days ago
98.

Dr Samuel Weiscrak    

They need to cancel the careers of 2Day FM's management team while they're at it...there's your problem.

645 days ago
99.

Mallory    

Completely outrageous!! Their pranks are just meant to degrade people. They should be put in jail and the station should be fined appropriately.

645 days ago
100.

Jessica    

It's similar to the Jenny Jones Show when Scott Amedure got killed by the guy he admitted to having a crush on after the show was taped - not even aired. You don't know how people are going to react. The Jenny Jones show got sued but then that got overturned. I think the prank was done in poor taste and some kind of reprimand was necessary, but to cancel the show over it - I just don't know.

645 days ago
101.

De Anna    

This remind me of revenge the T.V show. Never underestimate a family with money

645 days ago
102.

Michael V    

People, you don't voluntarily check out over being the victim of a foolish prank call in your workplace. The nurse CLEARLY had serious issues, and making a couple of Aussie DJ's out to be murderers is insane.

Get a reality check. Look into the nurse's past for an explanation, instead of going torch and pitchfork over two young entertainers in the dying radio biz.

645 days ago
103.

ogilm001    

TMZ they didn't call 9-1-1 in Australia it's 0 0 0 get the facts straight and stop dumbing things down.

645 days ago
104.

magica    

Mel's hot. I'd do her.

645 days ago
105.

jen    

l have to question the credibility of this story as we do not use 911 in Australia it has and always be 000

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