X Factor judges “Natalia Kills” and “Willy Moon” were sacked after they publicly humiliated a contestant “Joe Irvine” on live television.
The show was aired on Sunday the 15th of March 2015 and was the 13th Episode of the Second Season (The.X.Factor.NZ.S02E13).
In a statement issued this afternoon, Mediaworks chief executive Mark Weldon said: “Last night on X Factor both Kills and Moon made comments that were completely unacceptable.
“While the judges on X Factor are expected to provide critiques of the performances, we will not tolerate such destructive tirades from any of the judges,” he said.
“Contestants put their all into this competition and they should expect to receive feedback and criticism that is professional and constructive. We no longer have confidence that Kills and Moon are the right people to perform the role of X Factor judges and they will leave the show, effective immediately.”
While she bullied Joe Irvine the Audience contested and howled while “Melanie Blatt” also condemned her comments.
Tonight’s live show will be judged by Walker and Blatt, with two new judges to be announced this week.
The owner of the X Factor franchise, FremantleMedia, which has a said the judges had shown “very poor judgement and intention”.
“We 100 percent support TV3 and MediaWorks in their decision to remove them. The X Factor does not tolerate the behavior they displayed last night,” a spokesman said.