Scott Cam slams accusations of homophobia on The Block

Penny Burfitt
Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
Scott Cam has spoken out about being accused of homophobia on The Block. Photo: Nine

The Block host Scott Cam has spoken candidly about an incident on The Block this year which was slammed as ‘homophobic’ but later retracted by the couple at the centre of it, Mitch and Mark

Scott told TV Week he was genuinely ‘hurt and upset’ at the accusation that comments he made were considered to be homophobic.

The comments were in fact feedback from the judges relayed by Scott to the contestants.

Mitch and Mark later said they 'were wrong' to accuse Scott. Photo: Nine

“A quarter of our company are gay and they're my best friends in Melbourne when I live there,’ he told TV Week.

“For me to be accused of making a homophobic slur was a slur on the friends I work with.”

Scott’s comments come after the couple in question, Mitch and Mark, apologised over the incident admitting they ‘were wrong’.

The drama as it happened

Scott Cam was reading comments from judges when the controversy kicked off. Photo: Nine

The controversy erupted after Scott said rival contestants El’ise and Matt, who are next door to Mitch and Mark, should be commended for creating a second master bedroom on the second floor to allow owners to “get away from the noisy people in your place”.

What dedicated viewers would remember is that Mitch and Mark are not fans of the criticisms they’ve received in the past for creating a “party” room in their top floor entertainment area.

“People need to realise there are multiple living spaces in all metropolitan homes and they need to step away from it,” Mark said last night.

“It is a living space as any house in any part of suburbia has. And if they’re making a judgment about us— because they’ve often said, ‘People like us’ — I need to understand what does that mean? Are you judging us?”

At that point, Scott realised what was being implied, and said: “I certainly don’t think they are making a judgment about you guys personally.

“It’s a judgment about having an entertainment space next to a master bedroom.”

“You need to step away from that,” Mark responded, to which Scott hit back, “I don’t need to step away from nothing, mate”.

The trio later hugged it out in an emotional moment that saw Mitch and Mark apologise to Scott, who had earlier apologised to the pair himself.

That’s not to say fans have stayed quiet on the matter, with many still accusing the renovations show of homophobia in different forms.

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