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MAFS: Bryce and Melissa blast ‘disgusting’ ACMA investigation


Married At First Sight’s Bryce Ruthven and Melissa Rawson blast ‘disgusting and embarrassing’ ACMA investigation into ‘gaslighting’ complaints

Bryce Ruthven and Melissa Rawson have blasted ACMA’s ongoing investigation into Married At First Sight, after the media watchdog was flooded with complaints about their ‘problematic’ relationship.

ACMA received a total of 67 complaints from viewers citing alleged mental abuse, gaslighting and domestic conflict.

Bryce, 32, told The Kyle and Jackie O Show on Tuesday he was ‘disgusted’ by the serious claims being made about him and Melissa.

‘It’s disgusting’: Bryce Ruthven (left) and Melissa Rawson (right) have blasted ACMA’s ongoing investigation into Married At First Sight, after the media watchdog was flooded with complaints about their ‘problematic’ relationship

He implied the ACMA complaints didn’t actually stem from concerned viewers, but came from so-called ‘experts’ organising via Facebook groups.

Bryce also made it clear the ACMA investigation was centred on the TV show Married At First Sight, not him and Melissa personally. 

‘They keep reporting that we are being investigated personally. It’s actually not us; I’ve spoken to ACMA about it,’ he said.

‘It’s embarrassing for us to read that we are being investigated because it’s nothing to do with us.’

Investigation: Bryce, 32, told The Kyle and Jackie O Show on Tuesday he was 'disgusted' by the serious claims being made about him and Melissa

Investigation: Bryce, 32, told The Kyle and Jackie O Show on Tuesday he was ‘disgusted’ by the serious claims being made about him and Melissa

MAFS is being investigated by the Australian Communications and Media Authority after receiving 67 complaints from viewers concerning alleged ‘mental abuse, gaslighting and domestic conflict’ during this year’s season.

‘The ACMA has commenced an investigation into episodes of the 2021 season of Married At First Sight,’ an ACMA spokesperson said.

‘A significant proportion of the complaints alleged the program included personally abusive interchanges between participants through gaslighting, social, verbal and mental abuse, and that the program perpetuated and promoted the theme of domestic and emotional conflict.’

Under investigation: MAFS is being investigated by the Australian Communications and Media Authority after receiving a high volume of complaints. The watchdog received 67 complaints relating to alleged 'mental abuse, gaslighting and domestic conflict' during this year's season

Under investigation: MAFS is being investigated by the Australian Communications and Media Authority after receiving a high volume of complaints. The watchdog received 67 complaints relating to alleged ‘mental abuse, gaslighting and domestic conflict’ during this year’s season

Channel Nine sent out an apology letter in April after a Change.org petition garnered more than 15,000 signatures.

The petition claimed Nine and producers Endemol Shine had failed in their duty of care to the show’s participants, with viewers describing some scenes as ‘distressing’.

The majority of the complaints were levelled against Bryce and Melissa.

Throughout the show, Bryce repeatedly told his TV ‘wife’ she wasn’t his type because she didn’t have blue eyes.

He also voted her the ‘fourth hottest’ out of this year’s brides, and flirted with co-star Beck Zemek at the gym and later lied about their conversation.

Despite their problems on the show, Bryce and Melissa are still happily together, engaged to be married and expecting twins later this year. 

Happy ending: Despite their problems on the show, Bryce and Melissa are still happily together, engaged to be married and expecting twins later this year

Happy ending: Despite their problems on the show, Bryce and Melissa are still happily together, engaged to be married and expecting twins later this year 

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