Bryce Ruthven of Married At First Sight reveals the grim reality of the Melbourne panic crisis

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Married At First Sight’s troll magnet Bryce Ruthven has had a hard time acclimating to life as a reality TV villain.

The 30-year-old radio DJ’s race to the bottom got even messier on Thursday when he fell victim to the Covid panic buying crisis in Melbourne.

Bryce shared a photo of the nearly empty aisle shelves with toilet rolls from his local Woolworths and joked in the caption, “Covid or gastro outbreak?”

Just keep swimming: Bryce Ruthven, Married At First Sight’s troll magnet, has had a hard time getting used to life as a reality TV villain. Now he’s got more crap to deal with after being confronted with nearly empty shelves in the toilet paper aisle of his local Melbourne Woolworths

The toilet paper shortage was just another blot on the horror year the former Canberra radio host has endured since appearing on Married At First Sight.

Shortly after filming the show – in which he was accused by both cast members and fans of gaslighting for his bride, Melissa Rawson – he left his radio appearance in hushed circumstances shortly after the show aired.

Bryce and Melissa later decided to release their own podcast, but were inundated with one-star reviews from trolls.

A good one!  Bryce shared a photo of the nearly empty shelves in the aisle with toilet rolls from his local Woolworths and tried to joke through the image captioned 'COVID or gastro outbreak?'

A good one! Bryce shared a photo of the nearly empty shelves in the aisle with toilet rolls from his local Woolworths and tried to joke through the image captioned ‘COVID or gastro outbreak?’

Mr. Walkerden, formerly of NOVA Entertainment, owns the podcast platform that the controversial MAFS duo signed and staunchly defended the pair against trolls this week.

‘One of the things I really don’t like is you can troll someone on Apple Podcasts, and no one knows who you are and it’s completely anonymous and you can change your name and call yourself’ triple j ‘or whatever you or call yourself someone else, and you can give it one star, ”he told Radio Today.

“So I think it’s an annoyance to me,” he added.

Brown note: The quip may have worked if there was currently or recently a gastro outbreak in the state, but it is not

Brown note: The quip may have worked if there was currently or recently a gastro outbreak in the state, but it is not

Stain: The toilet paper shortage was just another stain in the horror year the former Canberra radio host has endured since appearing on Married At First Sight.  He is pictured with his TV bride, Melissa Rawson, who he was accused of gaslighting on the show

Stain: The toilet paper shortage was just another stain in the horror year the former Canberra radio host has endured since appearing on Married At First Sight. He is pictured with his TV bride, Melissa Rawson, who he was accused of gaslighting on the show

Down in the Dumps: Bryce and Melissa later decided to release their own podcast, but were inundated with one-star reviews from trolls

Down in the Dumps: Bryce and Melissa later decided to release their own podcast, but were inundated with one-star reviews from trolls

Victoria will go into Phase 3 lockdown, which will last seven days, with schools closed and just five reasons to leave home – as a Covid cluster of the highly contagious Indian strain grows to 26 with 11 new cases of one in the other day.

Health officials and senior ministers held crisis rallies Wednesday evening and announced a seven-day lockdown on Thursday, starting at midnight.

Starting at midnight tonight, people can leave home only to buy food and essentials, provide or receive care, exercise and work or study when they can’t leave home, and get vaccinated.

Lockdown Begins: Victoria will enter Phase 3 which will run for seven days, with schools closed and just five reasons to leave home - as a Covid cluster of the highly contagious Indian strain grows to 26 with 11 new cases from one in the world other day.

Lockdown Begins: Victoria will enter Phase 3 which will run for seven days, with schools closed and just five reasons to leave home – as a Covid cluster of the highly contagious Indian strain grows to 26 with 11 new cases from one in the world other day.

The 5km travel limit will also be reset for exercise and shopping, as well as the mandatory use of masks both indoors and outdoors

The 5km travel limit will also be reset for exercise and shopping, as well as the mandatory use of masks both indoors and outdoors

Acting Victorian Prime Minister James Merlino said 10,000 primary or secondary contacts should be quarantined, or tested and isolated, warning that the 'number will continue to grow and change'

Acting Victorian Prime Minister James Merlino said 10,000 primary or secondary contacts should be quarantined, or tested and isolated, warning that the ‘number will continue to grow and change’

Panic buyers began clearing the Melbourne supermarket shelves of toilet paper – with shoppers posting photos of empty shelves just minutes after the lockout was announced.

The panic buys come despite the acting of Victorian premiere James Merlino urging Victorians to show some restraint.

“There’s absolutely no reason to panic buy,” Mr. Merlino said.

‘Everything we need, in terms of our goods and services on the supermarket shelves, is there. There is absolutely no need to panic purchase. Please don’t. ‘

The toilet paper aisle at Coles in Elsternwick could be seen virtually empty, and the supermarket confirmed that there was ‘increased demand’.

“We have seen increased demand in Melbourne today, but there is ample inventory in the supply chain, regular deliveries to stores and our team members are filling gaps throughout the day,” said a spokesman.

There are now 80 exposure sites in Melbourne and regional Victoria, including the MCG and Marvel Stadium.

Panic buyers began cleaning the shelves of Melbourne's supermarkets of toilet paper - with shoppers posting photos of empty shelves just minutes after the lockout was announced.  Pictured above is a Coles in Footscray

Panic buyers began cleaning the shelves of Melbourne’s supermarkets of toilet paper – with shoppers posting photos of empty shelves just minutes after the lockout was announced. Pictured above is a Coles in Footscray

A photo of empty, empty shelves at Greenvale Coles during the latest Melbourne outbreak

A photo of empty, empty shelves at Greenvale Coles during the latest Melbourne outbreak

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