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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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91.

Frizz    

A person does not commit suicide over a silly little prank call. This nurse was obviously depressed about something or many things in her life and that phone call was the last straw. Get a grip, people.

591 days ago
92.

YOURNOTONMYLEVEL10    

good point in the video, they were being given private information about a royal family member and didn't stop. all could have been avoided if theyd shown some respect for a someone who was ill

591 days ago
93.

txcn    

Obviously the nurse had some loose screws. Who in their right mind takes their life, and leaves their kids behind over a joke. How stupid is that?

The DJ"s played a stupid joke and it backfired. (omething we have all done.) A nutcase answered the phone. She did herself in. That sucks, but I think they probably feel enough guilt . I don't know why rags such as TMZ feel they need to persecute them. It's not like the rags are above phoning some hospital, pretending they are someone they are not to try and get information. Pot calling kettle black. A little cyber bullying going on here, and everyone jumping on the band wagon. What would like to see the DJ's do themselves in too?

This isn't a case of poor nurse. It's more like stupid nurse, poor DJ's.

591 days ago
94.

Jamie    

Far above us, we don't know the process, we don't know who decided to air the whole thing we pass it we pass it on we don't get to make the final decision, we dont know who decides it not in our hands we just make the tapes we dont get to decide, we dont know who makes the desiscion, over and over. And other people were doing it, other people were doing it! And even worse we never thought it would get that far who would have known, over and over and over again who would have thought. ****tered ****tered, the whole interveiw was the same three statements if felt like with no real answers. I wanted to ask how long the process was of approval from when they taped it to when it aired, but the interviewer drop the ball on this, so many more questions and not enough actual answers. They sounded and looked ridiculous during the whole interveiw.

591 days ago
95.

Ryan    

BULLIES!! That's all they are and all they will ever be. KARMA SUCKS!!!!!

591 days ago
96.

Straight Talkin Texan    

Oh sure, it's all fun and games until someone dies. Too many people have lost their sense of decency and humanity. We should all remember to treat other humans with kindness. After all, we don't always know what burdens other people are carrying. There are many people who are suffering, and making jokes or playing pranks at the expense of other people can be extremely hurtful to the pranked person.

590 days ago
97.

Crabby    

Step right up folks and see the two Aussie "bullies"who managed to ruin their careers and drive a stressed out nurse to suicide. What a couple of arrogant evasive bullies.Something tells me that these too are going to be humbled during the next few months...by the media.....by public opinion....by their radio station.The have become pariah's.

590 days ago
98.

Uk    

The nurse who died after a hoax call to a hospital treating the Duchess of Cambridge was found hanging, Sky sources say. Jacintha Saldanha was still alive when she was discovered on Friday morning in her room at staff accommodation near the hospital. "Whoever had discovered her first had cut her down," said Sky's Martin Brunt. "By the time police and paramedics had arrived she was still conscious and attempts were made to revive her. "If it adds anything to this very tragic story it indicates a very determined bid to kill herself, rather than what some people describe as a cry for help. "I also understand ... that a suicide note was left in which she, we believe, gave some explanation for the actions that she's thought to have taken."

590 days ago
99.

heidi4498    

I HOPE U PEOPLE NEED LOADS OF THERAPY BECAUSE UR GONNA NEED IT WITH THE GLOBAL ATTENTION U R GETTING JUST LIKE THAT POOR.NURSE KNEW WOULD HAPPEN TO HER! HOW FUNNY IS THE PRANK CALL NOW????!!! YOU TOOK A LIFE...RUINED YOURSELF...YOUR FAMILY....HER FAMILY....BROKE THE LAW BY GETTING PRIVATE MEDIFAL INFO AND IMPERSONATING MEMBERS OF THE ROYAL FAMILY AND NOT TO MENTION TAPING A CONVERSATION WITHOUT CONSENT AND BROADCASTING IT GLOBALLY!!!!!! PRIVATE MEDICAL INFORMATION? !!!! I HOPE.SOMEONE.GETS UR PRIVATE MEDICAL INFORMATION AND BROADCASTS IT TO THE WORLD! U AUSSIE FOLKS ARE A.BUNCH OF IDIOTS AND I HOPE THE RADIO STATION BURNS DOWN CONSIDERING THEY ARE ALSO RESPONSOBLE FOR SCEWING WITH MEDICAL PERSONAL BEFORE CONVINCING A GIRL TO TELL HER SISTER TO SEND PARAMEDICS TO THE HOUSE BECAUSE HER MOM WAS BLEEDING TO DEATH....INTERVIEWING A POOR 14 YEAR OLD GIRL WHO ADMITTED SHE WAS RAPED AND CONTINUING ON WITH THE FCKD UP INTERVIEW.......AND NOW A NURSE DIED. YOU PEOPLE DESERVE WHAT U GET BECAUSE U SHPULD.NEVER PRANK CALL A HOSPITAL...THE POLICE....FIREMEN....OR YOUR GOVERNMENT.......THE WHO WORLDS LAUGHING AT YOU BOTH KNOW AND CANT STAND YOU! STILL THINK THE PRANK WAS FUNNY?

589 days ago
100.

heidi4498    

REMORSELESS PIECES OF SH...IT! THE GUY LOOKS LIKE HE COULD GIVE A FCK LESS AND ITS BEEN SCRIPTED BY LAWYERS! NICE AVOIDANCE STRATEGIES TO DIRECT QUESTIONS ...PEOPLE ARE STUPID LIKE T HE BOTH OF U!

589 days ago
101.

Scape Goat    

Listen to radio stations here in the US 94.9 in Oakland does prank calls all the time. Their voices were soooooo fake. There are laws protecting patients. The nurse broke the law and revealed private information then took her own life. There is only one person in this scenario that had control over her death. Her. She was not bullied or pushed to the brink of death. This was a harmless prank and she was a fool and didn't follow protocal by revealing private health info of the royal family!

589 days ago
102.

Mackenzieconnell    

My blog on this

http://www.goodreads.com/author_blog_posts/3417446-not-the-australian-djs-fault-kate-s-fault

587 days ago
103.

Mackenzieconnell    

my blog on this

http://www.goodreads.com/author_blog_posts/3417446-not-the-australian-djs-fault-kate-s-fault

587 days ago
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