Married at first sight Johnny Balbuziente and Kerry Knight DEFEND ‘villain’ Bryce Ruthven

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Married At First Sight’s Johnny Balbuziente and Kerry Knight DEFEND ‘villain’ Bryce Ruthven and insist the controversial groom treat his wife Melissa Rawson ‘pretty well’

Bryce Ruthven has become one of the most controversial grooms in this season of Married At First Sight.

The 31-year-old has taken a lot of backlash and has been labeled ‘toxic’ for ‘mistreating’ his wife Melissa Rawson on the show.

But on Wednesday, Bryce’s co-stars Johnny Balbuziente and Kerry Knight defended the reality TV villain, saying he treats Melissa “ pretty well. ”

'I saw him treating her right': Married At First Sight's Johnny Balbuziente and Kerry Knight (pictured) DEFENED 'villain' Bryce Ruthven and insisted the controversial groom treat his wife Melissa Rawson 'pretty well' on Wednesday

‘I saw him treating her right’: Married At First Sight’s Johnny Balbuziente and Kerry Knight (pictured) DEFENED ‘villain’ Bryce Ruthven and insisted the controversial groom treat his wife Melissa Rawson ‘pretty well’ on Wednesday

“At first, you want to jump in to save Melissa and help her because it looks like she’s in trouble,” Kerry, 30, told Today Extra.

‘But as we went on she kept reassuring us that she wanted to be there and behind the scenes he was a great partner to her and one on one I saw that he treated her pretty well.’

Kerry added: ‘So my [focus] shifted to support only her. If she wanted to leave we were there for her and if she wanted to say, well that’s what friendships are all about. ‘

Johnny also said the other cast members opposed Bryce, but took “a different approach.”

Defense: Kerry told Today Extra: 'As we continued, [Melissa] kept reassuring us that she wanted to be there and behind the scenes Bryce (pictured) was a great partner to her and one on one I saw he treated her pretty well '

Defense: Kerry told Today Extra: 'As we continued, [Melissa] kept reassuring us that she wanted to be there and behind the scenes Bryce (pictured) was a great partner to her and one on one I saw he treated her pretty well '

Defense: Kerry told Today Extra: ‘As we continued, [Melissa] kept reassuring us that she wanted to be there and behind the scenes Bryce (pictured) was a great partner to her and one on one I saw he treated her pretty well ‘

So far on Married At First Sight, Bryce has humiliated Melissa for her physical appearance, showed little respect for her feelings during arguments, and admitted that she had a ‘contact’ with a girl just two months before filming the show.

Many viewers turn their frustrations on producers and wonder why they created such a toxic relationship.

Tweets poured in last month, after Melissa told pundits she was ‘scared’ and ‘scared’ about rocking the boat in her relationship – even though Bryce had treated her with disrespect several times.

Gogglebox star Yvie Jones led the backlash against producers, who said she found Melissa’s words “ disturbing ” and felt producers should step in.

Australia's Most Hated Husband: Bryce has become one of the most controversial grooms in this year's Married At First Sight season.  The 31-year-old has quit intense reactions and has been labeled 'toxic' for 'mistreating' wife Melissa Rawson (right) on the show

Australia's Most Hated Husband: Bryce has become one of the most controversial grooms in this year's Married At First Sight season.  The 31-year-old has quit intense reactions and has been labeled 'toxic' for 'mistreating' wife Melissa Rawson (right) on the show

Australia’s Most Hated Husband: Bryce has become one of the most controversial grooms in this year’s Married At First Sight season. The 31-year-old has quit intense reactions and has been labeled ‘toxic’ for ‘mistreating’ wife Melissa Rawson (right) on the show

‘Where is the duty of care of producers to put her in that position at all? And if pap shots add up, they’re still together, ‘she tweeted.

She continued, “So are they sitting at home watching this together? Does he see her say this on TV, alone in their shared home? Is he lighting her now? ‘

Another Twitter user wrote, “Watching this treacherous relationship make me sick … The producers made a horrible story between Bryce and Melissa.”

‘Producers only care about the ratings !!’ another added.

Married At First Sight continues Wednesday at 7:30 pm on Channel Nine

“Is it gaseous right now?” Tweets poured in last month after Melissa told pundits she was ‘scared’ and ‘scared’ about rocking the boat in her relationship with Bryce

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