Irwins bring forward wedding special after copping major backlash

Kristine Tarbert
Senior Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer

Bindi Irwin and Chandler Powell's TV wedding is now being aired in Australia two months early than originally planned after the pair copped major backlash for ‘forgetting’ about their Aussie fans.

The 21-year-old conservationist - who is the daughter of the late 'Crocodile Hunter' star Steve Irwin - tied the knot with Chandler last month at Australia Zoo.

Animal Planet were not due to show the couple's nuptials, at which she had no guests, apart from her brother Robert Irwin and mother Terri Irwin, who live with her at the wildlife park, in Australia until July.

But now, they've confirmed Crikey! It's The Irwins: Bindi's Wedding will air in Australia on May 23.

“Australia, we've heard you and you won't need to wait long for the television wedding event of the year,” Animal Planet said.

The Irwins’ wedding special first aired on April 19 in America on Animal Planet, showing Bindi being walked down the aisle at Australia Zoo by her brother Robert. 

However, afterwards fans of the wildlife warriors took to Twitter demanding it be released in their native country - after Chandler took to his Twitter account to upload all the dates the wedding special would be airing around the world - with Australia the last date.

Photo: Instagram/AnimalPlanet

“I find it weird how the wedding took place in Australia and they’re the LAST ones to see it,” one person wrote in response.

“Why is Australia the last  to get it? You literally live here. What sort of tv rights are going on…,” another person said. 

“I’m so confused why Aussies have to wait the longest (July 18th) when you got married 40mins down the road from me?,” a fan tweeted. 

Chandler addressed the backlash over the dates, taking to his Twitter account again to write: “Hi guys! Thank you to everyone who tuned in. Programming is out of our control as Animal Planet decides when to air the show. We will keep you posted as we find out more air dates!”

Now the cable channel has also announced they are "upping the ante on the celebrations" by hosting 'Irwin Month', which will see two-hour programmes featuring the pair every night from 6.30pm, kicking off on May 3.

Bindi recently gushed about how she is "so happy and grateful" to be married to Chandler.

Posting on Instagram alongside a series of pictures of herself and Chandler with one of Australia Zoo's lemurs, she wrote: "Lemur selfie! I wanted to take a moment to thank you for your incredibly kind comments and amazing support. Chandler and I are so happy and grateful to be married. Our honeymoon has been really busy with all that has to be done here @AustraliaZoo.

"Due to the current pandemic we're temporarily not open and caring for our 1,200 beautiful animals that call our gardens home. Things are certainly challenging for us all at the moment. However, it's so important to focus on what really matters - family, friendship and things that make us smile even when we're social distancing."

With additional reporting by Bang Showbiz.

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