After judge Natalia Kills' controversial comments
about contestant Joe Irving on last night's episode of X Factor NZ, MediaWorks' CEO has announced that Natalia Kills and Willy Moon are no longer suitable to judge the talent show.
“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,” MediaWorks' CEO Mark Weldon 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.”
An online protest was started after Natalia Kills accused contestant Joe Irvine for copying her husband's look and style.
"As an artist who respects creative integrity and intellectual property, I am disgusted at how much you've copied my husband," Kills began. "From the hair to the suit, do you not have any value or respect for originality?
"You're a laughing stock. It's cheesy, it's disgusting. I personally found it absolutely artistically atrocious. I am embarrassed to be sitting here in your presence even having to dignify you with an answer of my opinion."
Her husband continued the attack, saying it was "cheap and absurd".
FremantleMedia Australia’s Director of Programming, Jonathon Summerhayes, said his company was appalled at the “very poor judgement and intention” shown by the pair.
“We 100 percent support TV3 and MediaWorks in their decision to remove them.
“The X Factor does not tolerate the behaviour they displayed last night.”
“We now need to move on, and give the contestants,
and the public the competition that they deserve. Tonight’s show will be judged
by Stan Walker and Mel Blatt. Two new judges will be announced before next
week's show," X Factor executive producer Andrew Szusterman said.
source: data archive