‘We’re not going backwards’: Bryce Ruthven and Melissa Rawson of Married At First Sight are in talks to take legal action against the production company
Bryce Ruthven and Melissa Rawson of Married At First Sight have revealed that they are considering legal action for their “ negative portrayals ” on the show.
The couple, both 31, told me New idea they were left feeling “broken” by their editing, while Melissa confessed that she “didn’t feel suicidal, but walked that path.”
“I’ve had several attorneys approached to hire them,” Bryce told the publication.
Not back down: Bryce Ruthven (left) and Melissa Rawson (right) of Married At First Sight have revealed they are considering legal action for their ‘negative portrayals’ on the show
‘I feel tempted when attorneys reach out – the show ruined my life, my sanity. There has never been a couple like us who look so rotten to Australians, ”he said.
A frustrated Mel added, ‘People claim our relationship has triggered domestic violence victims, but Channel Nine says they did their due diligence through us, but viewers still interpret it as such. Clearly something has gone wrong. ‘
The Melbourne workplace trainer said the serious allegations about her and Bryce mean they have no choice but to move on.
Not Happy: The couple, both 31, told New Idea they felt ‘broken’ by their edit, while Melissa confessed that she ‘didn’t feel suicidal, but walked that path’
Bryce was heavily criticized from MAFS viewers for appearing to host and manipulate his “ wife ” on the show, but the pair insist they are in a healthy relationship.
Viewers also claimed that Melissa’s insecurities and trauma from past relationships were being exploited by producers for judgments at the expense of her mental health.
It comes after Channel Nine refused to apologize for airing controversial scenes with Bryce and Melissa, despite critics claiming their relationship describes domestic violence.
Controversy: Bryce received a lot of criticism from MAFS viewers for appearing to host and manipulate his ‘wife’ on the show, but the couple insists they are in a healthy relationship
The network responded after several complaints to media watchdog ACMA, and after more than 12,000 viewers signed a Change.org petition calling for Nine to apologize for airing ‘triggering’ scenes involving the couple.
In a long letter to complainants obtained by The laundryNine apologized for the reality show’s sentiment to some viewers, but did not admit that they had done anything wrong.
“We sincerely apologize for any concerns or unrest that may have arisen as a result of your view of the program,” wrote Nine’s compliance department.
The network stated that the attendees’ views on the show did not reflect Nine as a whole, and that everyone on the show has access to psychological support.
Problematic: It comes after Channel Nine refused to apologize for airing controversial scenes featuring Bryce and Melissa, despite more than 12,000 viewers signing a Change.org petition calling on Nine to apologize for airing ‘triggering’ scenes with domestic violence
Nine also acknowledged that ‘bullying and conflict’ are ‘serious problems’, but insisted that Married At First Sight did not violate broadcast standards.
The eighth season of Married At First Sight Australia was the most complained season in the show’s history.
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) received more than 50 official complaints – a record number for the watchdog.
Bryce’s Problematic Behavior on Married At First Sight
- Voting ‘woman’ Melissa as the fourth hottest in a relationship job
- Saying that Melissa was ‘not his type’ during an ‘honesty box’ challenge
- Despite Melissa sharing her history with low self-esteem, Bryce tells her ‘well you’re not ugly’
- Initially voted to ‘leave’ Melissa during Sunday’s solemn ceremony, but crossed out his answer and wrote ‘stay’ at the last minute