A string of Married At First Sight stars have revealed they have been blocked from accessing the Channel Nine show’s official Instagram page.
Sarah Roza, Melissa Walsh and Dean Wells are among the reality stars who claim the show that catapulted them to national fame has now turned against them a year later.
It comes after Dean made a series of comments underneath an Instagram promo for the show on Wednesday, where he claimed, “the producers don’t care about finding love”.
“Channel Nine just blocked all of us from the MAFS Instagram page over those comments,” Dean tells Yahoo Lifestyle.
Fellow MAFS star Melissa Walsh informed fans on Thursday that she could no longer access the official Instagram account.
“Well done Channel Nine for blocking all the MAFS 5 on Instagram,” read a message on her social media.
“So that’s how you get treated when you keep your mouth shut and play by the rules. Very classy,” she added.
However Channel Nine says it’s just business as usual.
When contacted by Yahoo Lifestyle, a Nine spokesperson said: “We have blocked participants in the past, so there is nothing unusual about it.
“We are focused on the upcoming new season of Married At First Sight, and the journeys of the new participants.”
On Wednesday Dean wrote underneath a post on the official MAFS Instagram, claiming “the producers’ goal is not to find love for these people, it’s to create a good TV show”.
“First clue was they ask you for a list of qualities you’re interested in in a person,” Dean tells Yahoo Lifestyle about the initial moment he believed the MAFS producers didn’t match him with the most suitable person, Tracey Jewel.
“One of the things I specified was I would only date someone from either Sydney or Melbourne,” he explains.
“I said, ‘I don’t want to live anywhere else in Australia so it wouldn’t work with anyone else from another city apart from Sydney or Melbourne’. Straight away, Tracey’s from Perth. So it doesn’t get any further away.
“But there were several other traits that I specifically said I do not like in a partner and that I’m not interested in in a partner, that Tracey had.”
In the past there’s been plenty of speculation that producers tell contestants exactly what to do on the dates.
“They don’t script anything,” confirms Dean, but says their line of questioning towards contestants gives them plenty of content to edit with.
The new season of Married At First Sight is set to premiere on January 28 on Channel Nine.
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