Fans are still digesting the shock revelations surrounding Alex Nation and Ritchie Strahan‘s public break up, that were aired on last night’s episode of Bachelor in Paradise.
Viewers have hit out at Network 10 for airing such a private and personal conversation, and in Sydney, the Kyle and Jackie O radio show was also temporarily pulled off air this morning, as the hosts started to speculate about the details of the couple’s split.
Shortly after 6am, Kyle Sandilands began speculating about exactly what Alex and Richie could have been discussing.
However, within seconds, the show was pulled and listeners heard a voiceover say, “This station you’ve been listening to has been dumped”.
“This means someone has said something inappropriate and is getting in trouble. The broadcast will return in seconds,” the message continued.
It didn’t take long for the morning program to recommence, with the hosts explaining it was actually comments by newsreader Brooklyn Ross that caused the show to get ‘dumped’.
What exactly those comments were, however, remains unclear.
Richie and Alex officially announced they had split in 2017, less than a year after proclaiming the former Bachelor proclaimed his love for her in the show’s finale.
Their meeting on the Bachelor in Paradise was the first time the pair had seen or spoken to each other since the split, of which details remained vague.
The couple decided to sit down and ‘clear the air’ and the nine-minute conversation was shared unedited with viewers. A portion of their conversation went like this:
Alex: “I feel like people would have a very big opinion of a woman, being left alone, to do something that involved both of us.”
Richie: “We talked about the whole thing and what you said to me blew my mind…. I’ve had to come to peace with this.”
Alex: “I was left alone, to go through something massive that no woman should go through.”
Richie: “Alex, you’re a mother. I know that, clearly. I spoke to you at length about that because you’ve gone down that pathway. You know what is involved with that. We spoke at length about it and I supported you and your decisions’.”
While details of exactly what had happened were not shared, there has been widespread backlash from viewers about the personal conversation being aired at all.
Many fans said they felt extremely uncomfortable watching the exchange, and thought producers were taking advantage of a very private heartache between the former pair.
“I actually fell very awkward listening to Richie and Alex’s conversation right now,” wrote one on Twitter.
Australia really did not need to know something so personal. Unfortunately we’ve come to the same conclusion and you and m,agreed, that’s something that should have been done with counseling
— Heidi Davenport (@hillself) April 10, 2019
And I guarantee it hit a nerve with every couple who has been through that situation – it’s complex and emotional and you can only do what you think is right at the time 😔
— Mako Tiger (@Mako_Tiger74) April 10, 2019
— Loren (@leapinloren) April 10, 2019
Wouldn't it have been more respectful not to air that conversation at all?
It's blatantly obvious what they were talking about… So personal. #BachelorInParadiseAU
— Cerise Ellen (@ccceriseee) April 10, 2019
😂😂 @ duty of care. In other words exploit, exploit, exploit because they signed that dotted line to expect this right?
— Asvee (@asveeatira) April 10, 2019
— Yahoo Lifestyle Australia (@YLifestyleAu) April 10, 2019
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