Laura Byrne blasts Abbie Chatfield after she announces new reality show
She competed on The Bachelor, won I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!, hosted Love Island Afterparty and judged The Masked Singer Australia, and now Abbie Chatfield has been announced as the host of a brand new Australian reality show.
The popular podcast and national radio host revealed on Thursday morning that she will be hosting BINGE’s first original reality series, FBOY Island.
The 10-episode series, which will drop on the streaming service in 2023, follows three Aussie women helping each other on their quest to find love.
The trio will move to a tropical paradise with 24 men where they have to try and uncover the self-proclaimed ‘nice guys’ who are genuinely looking for love and the self-proclaimed ‘FBoys’ who are only there to play the game and win the cash prize.
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“I am so excited to be hosting FBOY Island in 2023 and can’t wait to work on a dating show that encourages women to work together and support each other in the pursuit of finding love, and separating those charming Fboys from the lovely nice guys,” Abbie said in a statement.
BINGE Executive Director Alison Hurbert-Burns added: “We are thrilled to announce that Abbie Chatfield will be hosting FBOY Island, and are looking forward to bringing BINGE viewers this exciting new dating show in 2023, adding to our slate of the world’s best reality shows.
“Abbie is a bright talent who is making waves in the media and entertainment industry with her electric personality and unfiltered opinions and will be a great addition to the show.”
Casting for the new series has already commenced, with single women and men encouraged to apply here.
Laura Byrne takes swipe at Abbie
Shortly after the show was announced on social media, fellow Bachelor star Laura Byrne took to her Instagram Story to take a subtle dig at Abbie and the new reality show.
“Talks about dismantling the patriarchy, announces that they are hosting FBOY Island, a show that encourages men to lie to women and manipulate their emotions in order to win a cash prize,” she said. “That is enough internet for me today. The absolute hypocrisy.”
Abbie then clapped back on her own Instagram Story, asserting that there are “so many elements of the show that don’t do that”.
“I would not sign up for this show if that was a premise of the show, Laura, so I think you need to maybe address what your co-host (Brittany Hockley) did rather than trying to retaliate in this very passive-aggressive weird way,” she said. “At least tag me, babe.
“But I can guarantee this show is not about that and I can guarantee that the F-boys will be in trouble from me and the F-boys will get what they deserve, and also hopefully we will reform some F-boys as they have in the US series multiple times. It’s going to be f**king amazing, but don’t let the name fool you and don’t let someone who’s trying to retaliate fool you as well.
“You can all roast me if you watch the full series and think it’s f**ked but don’t make weird assumptions off a show you haven’t seen and hasn’t even been created yet.”
Abbie’s drama with Brittany Hockley
Laura’s comments come after Abbie called out her Life Uncut podcast co-host Brittany Hockley and Kyle Sandilands for ‘slut-shaming’ her during a live radio segment.
Brittany, who was filling in for Jackie ‘O’ Henderson on The Kyle And Jackie O Show, came under fire earlier this week after she and Kyle made jokes about Abbie's sex life during an on-air interview with US rapper Yung Gravy.
When the musician revealed that he and Abbie have “a bit of a relationship beginning”, Kyle responded: “You and everyone else. Line up, my friend, line up!”
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Yung Gravy then said he plans on taking Abbie on a date when he visits Australia next year, to which Brittany replied: “I have no doubt!”
Speaking on an episode of her It’s A Lot podcast titled ‘Expected From Kyle Sandilands But WTF Brittany Hockley?!’ on Tuesday, Abbie accused the hosts of spreading “misogynistic rhetoric” about her.
“The issue that I think people like Kyle and Brittany have with me is that I'm able to speak about sexuality in a way that isn't shameful, and they think that that must equate to f**king around every single day and having sex every single day,” she said.
“When actually, it's just that I don't have the shame that they have, and therefore they're projecting it onto me… Give me s**t, but don’t make it at the expense of other people listening and other women listening. Say what you want about me, but do not perpetuate f**king slut-shaming bulls**t on the biggest radio show in the country.”
After copping backlash on social media, Brittany took to Instagram on Wednesday morning to share a lengthy statement apologising for the “undercurrent misogynistic tones” in the radio interview.
“The nature of live radio is unpredictable and often unplanned, which was the case with the direction that this conversation took,” she said. “Live on radio I found myself in a position where Abbie and I were pitted against each other. This was not planned, and this was not something I felt comfortable with and I thought by saying as little as possible in the interview it would not add any fire to the situation. I see with hindsight that this was naive and contradictory to what I stand for.”
The Challenge star went on to say that it was not “and has never been my intention to make anyone feel shameful for their dating or sex life”.
“As a woman who has championed female empowerment, relationship equality and sexual freedom over the past 4 years, I am deeply apologetic that this happened,” she continued. “Secondly, much has been said that Abbie reached out to me 9 days ago to discuss this via message. I was never notified that Abbie had reached out to me as I had muted notifications, given the overwhelming volume of messages I receive each day. I have since reached out.
“I acknowledge that the standard you walk by is the standard you accept. I will learn from this and do better in the future. I am sorry.”
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