While Married at First Sight is currently searching for next season's stars, fans are demanding the show go through some changes before it comes back in 2021 – and one suggestion has been to bring Kyle Sandilands on board as a replacement for one of the show’s relationship experts.
Comments on a friendlyjordies YouTube video joked that Kyle would be perfect for the job, with one fan writing, "Kyle [Sandilands] as a MAFS expert is something I need to see."
Someone else responded, "I can’t stand the guy but he would absolutely be a massive improvement to the show, other than not making it at all."
Another added, "He's a terrible man, which is what would make him perfect. Embrace the chaos!"
One user joked about the kinds of questions Kyle would ask the contestants, "He'd just be like, 'have [you] banged yet? Anyone got any rumours or secrets?'"
One user even suggested Karl Stefanovic step up to the plate.
Other comments questioned how the show was still going given all the drama that took place.
It comes after reports from New Idea that the experts could be replaced by new faces for the 2021 season because the current experts are reportedly unhappy with their salaries.
John Aiken, Mel Schilling and Dr Trish Stratford reportedly had "crisis meeting with producers" where they questioned their pay packets.
The mag reports John, Mel and Trish are paid $50,000 a year, and while that number has gone up as the show's popularity has increased, they apparently want more.
A source told the publication, "It could be time for some fresh faces... MAFS viewers won't care too much if John, Trish and Mel don't return. It won't affect ratings."
They also added that the experts have "minimum input into the casting process and are fed lines by producers", therefore, they're easily replaceable.
“With the success of the series they have had salary increases, but their involvement in the show is not huge and [it] is produced within an inch of its life,” the source added.
“They meet with producers to discuss their line of attack and the different scenarios to deliver the headlines, the promos and controversy, which ultimately turns into ratings."
The insider said Nine is worried the show will go "too far" and become "even sleazier" so an overhaul may be in the show's future.
Viewers often slam the experts on social media, with many questioning their expertise.
One viewer wrote, "The experts... matching ability has a lot to be desired."
Someone else added, "So 50 couples over 7 seasons and 3 are still together #MAFSAU? That’s 6% success, 94% failure. I think the experiment has FAILED. Sack the “experts” & admit it’s a trashy car crash with no scientific merit."
MAFS fans also seem to want a change in the type of contestants for next year's season.
In February, fans took to a Facebook group saying they will boycott the show next year unless they see more "real people".
One user wrote, "Real people... like everyday normal folk. None of these Botox silicone Barbie dolls."
Another added, "I want real people, like when then they first started MAFS. Not attention seeking wannabe social media influencers!"
"I have nothing against Botox, fillers and boob jobs... all I’m asking for is that they are real people who are there with the right intentions - which is finding love - not followers on IG!"
Others were keen to see a more culturally diverse cast, "I want to see Aboriginal and African, Asian (Eastern and Indian)... I want a massive gorgeous melting pot of awesomeness."
At this stage, it's unknown whether Channel Nine and production company Endemol Shine will even be able to film another season of the show due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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