Mel Greig and Michael Christian, the two radio DJs who prank-called the London hospital where Kate Middleton was being treated last week appeared on an Australian news network recently, and said they were "shattered" and "gutted" after the nurse who answered their call reportedly killed herself.
Greig, 30, and Christian, 25, sat down with Australia’s Channel 9 for the first time since Jacintha Saldanha, 46, committed suicide and cried as they spoke about the tragic royal prank gone wrong.
"I'm shattered, gutted, heartbroken," Christian said. "Mel and myself are incredibly sorry for the situation and what's happened. I had the idea. … It was just a simple harmless phone call. It was going to go on for 30 seconds. We were going to get hung up on."
It was just last week that the “2Day” FM radio show hosts phoned King Edward VII's hospital in London pretending to be the Queen and Prince Charles.
According to ABC News, the hospital did not have a receptionist on duty overnight and so nurse Saldanha answered the prank call believing Greig and Christian were who they said they were.
"It was just something that was fun and light-hearted and a tragic turn of events that I don't think anyone had expected," Christian said.
According to a reports, Saldanha was found Friday morning at an address near the hospital.
A Scotland Yard spokesman told reporters that "police were called at approximately 9.35am this morning to a report of a woman found unconscious at an address in Weymouth Street, W1.
While foul play is not suspected, investigators have not gone into detail about how she might have killed herself.
During the interview with Greig and Christian, the news correspondent asked the two DJ’s about the moment they head of the
the death of Saldanha, a mother of two.
"It was the worst phone call I've ever had in my life," Greig said as she cried. "There's not a minute that goes by that we don't think about her family and the thought that we may have played a part in that is gut-wrenching."
Christian went on to say that her and his morning show partner never expected to get through to Middleton's nurse and assumed "the same phone calls had been made 100 times that morning."
“We wanted to be hung up on with our silly voices and wanted a 20-second segment to air of us doing stupid voice,” Greig added. “Not for a second did we expect to even speak to Kate or even have a conversation with anyone at the hospital. We wanted to be hung up on."
While backlash from the prank has prompted online death threats, the “2Day” FM radio station has announced their radio station has announced it is banning phony phone calls altogether, and suspending advertising indefinitely.
Max Moore-Wilton, the chairman of Southern Cross Austereo, said in a letter Sunday to Lord Glenarthur, chairman of King Edward VII's Hospital, that the company is reviewing the station's broadcast policies, the AP reported.
"I can assure you we are taking immediate action and reviewing the broadcast and processes involved," Moore-Wilton said in the letter obtained by the AP. "As we have said in our own statements on the matter, the outcome was unforeseeable and very regrettable."
Greig and Michael have been taken off the air, silenced indefinitely.
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