MAFS show axed over mental health concerns

Penny Burfitt
Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
Talking Married has been axed ahead of MAFS season eight

Channel Nine’s MAFS follow up show Talking Married has been axed ahead of the show’s seventh season.

TV Blackbox has reported that the network decided to ditch the live show citing mental health concerns for the participants.

In the wake of the main show’s blockbuster success this year, the spinoff series raked in impressive numbers and dramatic moments.

Hosted by Jayne Azzopardi, Shelly Horton and Ben Fordham, the show was behind some of the most controversial breakdowns, and breakups, of the season.

The show rehashed the night's episode, providing a live glimpse into the drama. Photo: Nine

Given MAFS is filmed months before it actually airs, the Talking Married series was a glimpse into the contestants’ reactions in real time, a volatile concept that may have boosted the talk show’s popularity, but also saw some of the most controversial moments in the entire series unfold.

The infamous moment that may have hammered the final nail in the coffin was Dan and Jess’ uncomfortable fight and apparent breakup live on the show, that was followed by the news that Jess had cheated on Dan as told to Yahoo Lifestyle.

Dan and Jess has a very public breakdown starting with an interview on talking Married. Photo: Nine

Channel Nine has been contacted for comment.

The popular talk show was supplementary to the blockbuster reality series, airing live after the night’s episode and featuring contestants and psychologists commentary.

MAFS season eight is already in production, but with Talking Married gone, the only live tidbits we’ll be getting will be from contestants’ Instagram feeds.

Not that social media commentary from the show’s divisive contestants has disappointed in the past.

The most recent season of the show was a ratings juggernaut, but a serious point of contention for many Aussies.

Featuring multiple cheating couples, manipulation, lies and the aforementioned very public breakdown of central couple Dan and Jess, it looks like season eight may be looking to curate a slightly cleaner image than it’s predecessor.

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