‘I don’t think people will watch’: Married At First Sight boss REGRETS shocking 2019 season and wants ‘less drama and cheating’ when the reality show returns next year
Married At First Sight is arguably the most controversial reality show in the history of Australian television.
But this year’s season may have pushed things too far, with the show’s executive producer John Walsh admitting that he has regrets over how things played out.
Speaking to news.com.au on Thursday, Walsh revealed that he wants ‘less cheating and drama’ when MAFS returns for season seven next year.
Regrets: Married At First Sight’s executive producer wants ‘less cheating and drama’ when the show returns for its seventh season next year. (Pictured: Jessika Power)
‘I wouldn’t like people to see a repeat of what they saw this year,’ he said.
‘It would just be absolute chaos if it was all cheating and all drama. While it’s fun to watch and it’s great to promo, I don’t think people will watch if that’s all it is.’
He added: ‘We don’t actually like the cheating. It plays against the spirit of the experiment.’
‘It would just be absolute chaos if it was all cheating and all drama,’ he admitted. ‘I don’t think people will watch if that’s all it is.’ (Pictured: Ines Basic and Sam Ball during their ‘affair’)
Walsh went on to admit that he was surprised by the behaviour of season six ‘villains’ Ines Basic and Susie Bradley.
The producer explained that the ‘pressure’ of the social experiment brought out sides of the brides that they didn’t see during casting.
This season of MAFS has come under fire from Channel Nine bosses, who reportedly ordered the show’s producers to tone down future episodes.
Pressure: Walsh went on to admit that he was surprised by the behaviour of ‘villains’ Ines Basic and Susie Bradley, claiming that the pressure of the show brought out their bad sides
The season has seen multiple shocking moments, including affairs, physical fights, and one husband calling his wife a ‘c**t.’
Referring to the swearing and controversial antics aired, a TV executive told The Daily Telegraph last month: ‘We have never seen conduct like this before.
‘All reality TV pushes limits but I am concerned they are going one step too far and it is going to all collapse and that’s not good for the industry,’ the source claimed.
Never forget: One of the most shocking moments of the season was when Bronson Norrish (left) repeatedly called his ‘wife’ Ines Basic (right) a ‘c**t’ at the commitment ceremony
Let’s get physical! Cyrell Paule (left) and Martha Kalifatidis (right) got into a physical altercation in one episode
The Daily Telegraph alleged that Nine CEO Hugh Marks was left outraged after recent episodes of the program, and called an urgent meeting.
While just how much editing is required is not clear, Married At First Sight executive producer John Walsh did tell the publication at the time that some changes had been made.
‘It is true we have decided to pull back some editing, mostly though to do with Sunday night because of the PG rating,’ he said.
‘All reality TV pushes limits but I am concerned they are going one step too far and it is going to all collapse and that’s not good for the industry,’ a TV executive said last month (Pictured: MAFS stars Susie Bradley and Billy Vincent)