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Australian DJs

'Heartbroken'

Over Nurse's Suicide

12/10/2012 5:33 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1210_radio_djsMichael Christian and Mel Greig -- the two Australian radio DJs behind the Kate Middleton hospital prank call that led to the suicide of a nurse -- say they are "incredibly sorry" for what transpired ... as they speak out for the first time.

The pair sat down with "A Current Affair" in Australia and described how they found out that Jacintha Saldanha had taken her life. Michael said they got the news at the same time and Mel called it "the worst phone call I've ever had in my life."

The DJs have been off the air since the incident, which they say has weighed on them ever since. Mel explained, "There’s not a minute that goes by that we don’t think about the family and what they must be going through and the thought we might have played a part in that is discouraging ... I wanted to just to reach out to them and give them a hug and say sorry, I actually do feel sorry, I really do."

Mel's attitude toward the prank was different before Saldanha took her life ... as TMZ first reported, she posted a photo on Facebook just hours before, joking about how impersonating the Queen should help her score free drinks.

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31.

UPYOURS    

Sadly, the radio station is hiding out behind "we could not possibly have foreseen this event". Yup, keep on telling yourselves that. "This event" is the death of an innocent woman. You publicly made a woman the butt of a "prank" and humiliated her, not once did you ever consider a consequence to your actions. You just want to hug this family? Trust me, by the cause and effect of your actions I would imagine that they don't want your too little too late self-promoting apologies. This woman left behind children and a husband, friends and other family, do they REALLY think that these BS apologies will ever be enough? I have never liked practical jokes or pranks, seems to me they are there simply to humiliate the one at the receiving end of things.

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32.

Elle-Vee    

One of the disc jockeys says "the thought we might have played a part in that is discouraging". Murderers!

599 days ago
33.

Crystal    

People this is a HOSPITAL!! We are trying to take care of sick people and SAVE PEOPLES LIVES! We don't have time for this kind of prank call bullish!t! Imagine if one of your relatives coded and died or their care was being postponed because a radio station was bust trying to have a little fun! No! When you call a hospital, you get real people who are trying to take care of their patients!

599 days ago
34.

Ty    

"MAY" have played a part....??!!! Are you kidding? Of course it played a PART in her decision to end her life. She was humiliated and more..... SO SAD!!! Yes, Everyone will remember THIS PRANK....hmmm

599 days ago
35.

squeakermama    

First this story makes a great story. Bad behavior getting what it deserves. Please, I've heard much worse on American radio for years. Take a look at the glorified Howard Stern. Yes they were motivated by getting good ratings, isn't that their job? But I'm sure they never intended harm on anyone. No disrespect but this poor nurse was unstable, had very little confidence to say the least to chose to leave her family and friends by taking her own life over something that would have been forgotten in time. Very tragic.

599 days ago
36.

tessa    

they were only sorry after seeing the repercussions of their childish *prank*, just a couple of bullies who get their jollies making fun of and laughing at others

599 days ago
37.

Evy    

Everyone is "sorry" when they get caught or something turns out poorly. Shame on the woman involved - she is totally putting it back on the receptionist who answered the phone. Accept responsibility for what you did and I am glad you lost your job.

599 days ago
38.

The Man They Call Louis    

Oh whatever...Prank calls are so passe. When they got through, they should've ended it right there. Now you wanna get on Tv and apologize?. Then they wanna start pointing fingers on who decided to put the prank call on the air. This is what happens when ******** goes too far.

599 days ago
39.

AndUKnowThisMan    

Anybody that thinks the DJ's are not truly remorseful is an idiot! The nurse was a bit unstable to begin with to end her life over this prank.

599 days ago
40.

eicarr     

Interviewer was overdramatic and Australian women need to stay of the sun due to leather face syndrome.

599 days ago
41.

nyc44th    

I think it's funny that in the photos I see of this chick NOW that she is TRYING to back peddle, she is dressed conservatively with her fake tits covered up. Before she was always wearing low cut tops, a lot of make up and flashy clothes as if she were some half ass rock star.

599 days ago
42.

kendoll    

People are so damn sensitive today !!!!!! Get a grip and move on jeeeeeez !

599 days ago
43.

Raejean    

They played an UNWILLING part in it? No, they did not. They were quite willing to roll those dice.

What they did not foresee is that even the dumbest prank can have tragic consequences. Like knocking on someone's door dressed as Freddy Krueger; the resident could drop dead of a heart attack. Perhaps that wasn't your intention, and you didn't know the person was fragile, but it happened nonetheless and you caused it to happen.

599 days ago
44.

NOT ELMO    

i am not a Fan of Pranks at all....

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45.

Dennis Johnson    


I find it hard to believe that a harmless radio prank pushed her to suicide........but it did.I feel so sorry for the poor ladies family.I mean a LIFE wasted over a stupid prank.

599 days ago
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