It’s been a rollercoaster year for The Block, with audiences firing up over the ‘toxic behaviour’ taking place on-screen.
Judge Darren Palmer previously slammed the drama saying he ‘does not condone bullying’ and now an insider has told Yahoo Lifestyle that fellow judge Shaynna Blaze has also been left fuming over the focus of the show this year.
“Shaynna took Channel Nine to task,” our source said.
According to our insider, the feeling from the judges is that this year’s storylines are ‘simply not good enough."
It’s believed the interior designer’s feedback was heard ‘loud and clear’ by Channel Nine, who ‘takes the mental health of their contestants very seriously’.
"It is important to know, Nine has a welfare consultant on hand 24 hours a day for all of their reality TV contestants," the insider said.
It’s also claimed that perhaps audiences ‘aren’t getting the whole picture’ as ‘a lot of people internally are defending Kristy and Leah'.
Channel Nine and Shaynna Blaze have been contacted for comment.
Darren Palmer fires up
In a candid Q&A on his Instagram account following the master suite room reveals, 45-year-old judge Darren Palmer slammed what has been playing out on screens on this year's season of The Block.
When asked by a follower what he thinks of the ‘behavior from House 2 and 3 on The Block this year?’ Darren didn’t mince his words.
He replied: “It’s fortunate we don’t hear about or see anything that happens during the week. Keeps judging fair and subjective. I do not condone bullying.”
‘All out war is brewing’
His comments come after an insider revealed to Yahoo Lifestyle that some of the contestants have been left ‘devastated’ by their edit and warned that we haven’t even reached the tip of the drama yet.
“An all out war is brewing,” the insider told us.
“Big problems start small and we are only being teased with the actual drama that unfolds in coming weeks.”
According to our source, some of the contestants on the show were cast specifically to lock heads, however, no one predicted how much they would clash.
Leah turns on 'bestie' Kristy
An insider revealed to Yahoo Lifestyle the real reason behind Leah’s change of heart has to do with a ‘secret meeting’ she had with House 5’s Eliza, where afterwards she tried to ‘free herself from an impending backlash’ in being associated with Kristy.
“What Channel Nine will not show the viewers was the secret meeting between Eliza and Leah that changes everything for House 2,” our source says.
“Halfway through filming the 2023 season Eliza pulled Leah aside and gave her some industry advice. Eliza has worked in media for over ten years and has a wealth of knowledge on how these shows get made. She took it upon herself to share some of her knowledge with Leah and Ash and to be fair her advice was bang on the money.”
According to our insider, Eliza essentially said: “Stop what you're doing now or you will be chased out of town,” which led to a much bigger conversation.
“Eliza put on her television producer pants and explained, ‘Leah you are being set up as the villain of the series, and if you keep it up - your dreams of being a TV Presenter will be crushed forever’.
“It was quickly explained that if she didn't start apologising to the other houses and start making Kristy accountable she should kiss her television ambitions goodbye.”
The Block viewers turn off
Die-hard fans of The Block have slammed this year’s season of the reality series for focusing too much on the contestants’ “toxic behaviour” rather than their renovations.
Taking to Reddit, one viewer shared that the show’s constant negativity and “bullying” amongst the cast is becoming more and more difficult to watch.
“I don’t mind a bit of drama, it’s a reality show so I get there might be some sparks, but every single episode there’s toxic behaviour, snarky comments and bullying and it's kind of bringing me down,” they wrote.
“I don’t feel good after watching The Block anymore and that’s a shame because this is usually my comfort show. I hope it gets better as the season goes on.”
Others agreed that the drama is “tiring” and they prefer to watch the show online, so they have the ability to “skip through all the toxicity”.
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