After opening up in the past about her own catfishing experience that saw her devote six years to a man who never existed, singer Casey Donovan had been excited to host Australia’s own version of Catfish.
However, it’s now been revealed Channel Ten has dumped the show, which was meant to be part of its pilot week, leaving the former Australian Idol winner without a hosting role on the highly-anticipated program.
According to TV Blackbox, the network struggled with casting for the show, based on the US series hosted by Nev Schulman and Max Joseph.
"We swear, we didn't Catfish you! Unfortunately, Catfish Australia is no longer part of our 2019 Pilot Week schedule. We cast out a line, but didn't have the right bait to catch you a catfish in time,” a Channel Ten spokesperson told the publication.
Catfish Australia was meant to see Casey, along with co-host Patrick Abboud, help Aussies who have suspicions about the identities behind their online romances.
Earlier this year Casey spoke candidly about her turbulent catfishing experience which saw a stranger - ‘Campbell’ - come into her life and rip it apart.
She described a pattern of deceit and psychological torture, and how she was strung along for over six years by a woman called Olga.
“I’d put so much effort and time in this that he had to be real. He HAD to,” she told Andrew Denton on Channel Seven’s Interview.
Despite Catfish’s cancellation, Casey is still keeping busy in her career, with less than a week to go till she hits the stage for the Chicago musical production in Sydney.
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