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The Soapbox: Can We Just Agree That Prank Calls Are The Worst?

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Australian DJs who prank called Kate Middleton's hospital apologize. Read More »
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There are many conversations to be had about the tragic death of Jacintha Saldanha, the King Edward VII nurse who took her own life last week, after she learned the “Queen” and “Prince Charles” that she patched through to Kate Middleton’s private ward were actually Australian radio DJs with the show 2DayFM. The pair, named Michael Christian and Mel Greig, gave an interview on the Australian show, “Today Tonight,” on which they explained that they never expected to make it all the way to Kate’s private nurse, who then told these DJs confidential medical information about the duchess’s condition. (She had been hospitalized with hyperemesis gravidarum, an acute form of morning sickness.) By their own description, the call was intended to be ridiculous: they spoke in posh British accents and barked like there were corgis in the background.  ”The call itself was not malicious,” Christian said. “From start to finish, there was no harm intended.”

“The accents were terrible,” Greig explained. “You know it was designed to be stupid. We were never meant to get that far from the little corgis barking in the background – we obviously wanted it to be a joke.” Added Christian, “I suppose, you know, the joke was always on us, not anyone else. It wasn’t about trying to fool someone. I mean we just assumed that with the voices that we put on, you know, we were going to get told off and that was the gag – on us.”

The pre-recorded segment was first vetted by producers and lawyers before it aired. Although the royal family had not complained about the breach of security, Saldanha apparently could not live with herself. She allegedly took her own life in a London park on Friday morning. She is survived by her husband and two teenaged children; by all accounts, she was an excellent nurse.

We could talk about suicide prevention, warning signs for mental anguish, medical privacy, intrusion into celebs’ personal lives. I’m sure plenty of other conversations are being had on other blogs. But what I want to talk is the cruelty of radio show prank calls. Keep reading »

Australian Radio Station Donates Half Million Dollars To Family Of Jacintha Saldanha, Nurse Who Committed Suicide

Nurse Commits Suicide
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Nurse at Kate Middleton's hospital commits suicide after prank call. Read More »
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  • The Australian radio station that aired a prank call to Kate Middleton’s London hospital could face criminal charges. It’s unclear whether the DJs on 2DayFM, Mel Greig and Michael Christian, made the decision to air the call, or the executives above them. This morning, the station announced it would donate $525K to the family of Jacintha Saldanha, the nurse at the hospital who answered the DJs’ call and patched them through to Kate’s nurse. Saldanha later committed suicide. [USA Today, CNN]
  • Oh, shut up Tracy Anderson! The celebrity fitness guru says Middleton needs her workout DVDs to stave off that pregnancy weight. [BlissTree]
  • Anne Hathaway has joined the not-wearing-panties-and-flashing-the-paparazzi club! [US Weekly]

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Australian DJs Who Prank Called Kate Middleton’s Hospital Apologize

Nurse Commits Suicide
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Nurse at Kate Middleton's hospital commits suicide after prank call. Read More »
Kate Is Pregnant!
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Buckingham Palace has finally confirmed the princess is pregnant. Read More »
Give Kate Space
Stop getting all up in a pregnant woman's business, y'all. Read More »
  • The Australian DJs whose prank call to Kate Middleton’s hospital, which lead nurse Jacintha Saldanha to commit suicide, have finally spoken out about the tragedy in an interview. Michael Christian and Mel Greig said they are “gutted, shattered and heartbroken” over the death. You can read the full transcript at the link. [News.com.auUS Weekly]
  • Well, that was quick: Demi Moore and Vito Schnabel are dunzo. [New York Post]
  • Law enforcement have more details on the Thanksgiving Day brawl at Halle Berry’s house: Gabriel Aubry  first pushed and took a swing at Berry’s fiancé Olivier Martinez, which then caused him to punch Aubry three times in the face. [Tabloid Prodigy]

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