The Block’s cheat scandal exploded on Tuesday, as Tanya Guccione confessed she was the first to receive the leaked photo of the show’s entire production schedule.
And in light of her revelation, Josh and Luke Packham have revealed why they kept her involvement in the scandal a secret for so long, after refusing to throw her under the bus to producers – despite knowing it was her.
Speaking to Nine Now on Wednesday, Josh said: ‘I guess it’s just not really our position to name names, really.
The Block scandal: Tanya Guccione (L) revealed an ‘ex-tradie’ sent her the infamous whiteboard photo of the show’s production schedule on Tuesday, alongside co-star Luke Packham (R). On Wednesday, he and his brother revealed why they kept Tanya’s involvement in the scandal a secret for so long
‘That’s not what we’ve ever done and you’ve got to take responsibility for your own actions, and you leave it to others to own up for themselves.’
After being asked about the source of the photo multiple times on camera, the boys finally came clean on Tuesday when their builder Ryan ended up in the firing line.
The twins then went to fetch Tanya and her husband Vito, before she told ‘her truth’ of what happened to producers.
Loyal: ‘That’s not what we’ve ever done and you’ve got to take responsibility for your own actions, and you leave it to others to own up for themselves,’ Josh said
The twins were always honest about their own involvement in the scandal, whereas Tanya and Vito denied the entire thing when questioned by cast and crew.
Josh added: ‘At the end of the day, we just want to own up for our participation in it, and it’s up to other people if they want to put their hand up or start pointing fingers, that’s not up to us.’
The drama started only recently, after someone broke into host Scott Cam’s office and took a photo of the whiteboard which showed the series’ filming schedule – including the dates of each challenge, private tours and furniture consults.
Anyone who saw the picture would have the advantage of pre-ordering something for a specific room, planning their specifications weeks in advance ahead of the other contestants.
Ronnie and Georgia Caceres brought the scandal to light this week, confirming Josh and Luke had previously showed them a photo of the board in question.
Fuming: Ronnie and Georgia Caceres brought the scandal to light this week, confirming Josh and Luke showed them a photo of the board in question
The photo in question: The controversial whiteboard photo revealed which date each challenge was scheduled for, showed what times the judges would arrive for a tour, and when furniture consults would occur
The twins admitted to seeing the photo, but wouldn’t reveal the source until Tuesday’s episode, when Georgia finally confessed her involvement.
She sat alongside co-star Luke and admitted to a producer an ‘ex-tradie’ sent her the image in the first week of filming.
Tanya first explained it was sent to her Block phone number, before she back-tracked and corrected herself, saying it was sent to her ‘personal number’.
She told the camera that she showed the photo to her husband Vito, who did not want anything to do with it.
Tanya continued: ‘I sent it to Luke, and said, “Hey, do you know about this? A tradie sent it to me, is it common knowledge?”
Unfair: Anyone who saw the picture would have the advantage of pre-ordering something for a specific room, planning their specifications weeks in advance ahead of the other contestants
‘So that is the truth, Luke got it from me. I got it from an ex-tradie from The Block.’
Luke chimed in: ‘Yeah, and then with the information, obviously I hadn’t seen it, and then I’ve passed it on.’
Back with the producers, Tanya appeared relieved that she shared ‘her truth,’ but a hidden camera recording her conversation with Vito earlier in the day revealed a flaw in the story.
She said: ‘I’m going to tell the camera what happened about the tradie sending me the photo. It was a number I didn’t know, and I deleted it straight away.’
‘The thing is… it was my Block number, yeah… You’ve got to always have the same consistent story,’ she quietly told her husband.
The impact of Tanya’s confession will cause a clash between the contestants during a meeting in tomorrow’s episode.
The Block continues Wednesday at 7.30pm on Channel Nine
‘You’ve got to always have the same consistent story’: Tanya appeared relieved that she shared ‘her truth,’ but a hidden camera recording her conversation with Vito earlier in the day revealed a flaw in the story