The Australian Media and Communications Authority (ACMA) confirmed that it has received complaints about bullying in the episode of The Bachelor on Wednesday night.
In the episode, Tenille Favios fled the cocktail in tears and threatened to leave the show after relentless ridicule from the "bad girl" Romy Poulier, 30 years old.
After the program was broadcast, some fans claimed on social networks that they had filed formal complaints against Network Ten to air the problematic scenes.
EXCLUSIVE: The ACMA communications control body confirmed on Thursday to Daily Mail Australia that it received complaints about & # 39; & # 39; bullying & # 39; & # 39; at The Bachelor on Wednesday night, after Tenille started crying. In the photo: Tenille Favios
On Thursday, the ACMA officially acknowledged that it had received complaints, and told the Daily Mail Australia exclusively: "The ACMA received a handful of complaints about The Bachelor during the night." In accordance with the co-regulation system, the ACMA will send the claimants to the station in the first instance.
& # 39; If the complainant does not receive a response from the station within 60 days, or is not satisfied with the response, you can refer your complaint to the ACMA & # 39;
The ACMA is an independent watchdog responsible for regulating radio broadcasting, radiocommunications, telecommunications and online content in Australia.
Annoyed: in the episode, Tenille Favios (left) fled the cocktail in tears and threatened to leave the program after relentless ridicule from the "bad girl" Romy Poulier
The episode of the Bachelor on Wednesday night, Tenille, 25, fled with tears from the cocktail and said: "I have not bought anything other than those girls", referring to & # 39; villains & # 39; ; Romy, Alisha Aitken-Radburn and Cat Henesy.
Then she unzipped her dress and ripped off her microphone during her dramatic exit.
His departure soon became a trending topic on Twitter, with many fans directing their anger towards Network Ten and the producers of the Warner Bros. Australia program.
Outrage: After the show was broadcast, some fans claimed on social networks that they had filed formal complaints against Network Ten for airing the problematic scenes. In the photo: Tenille leaves the set
"Actually, I'm so upset with @ TheBachelorAU tonight, the manipulative and emotional intimidation of contestants and producers should demand serious investigation into how much is allowed and used this season," one viewer wrote.
"Disgusting": Tenille's departure soon became a trending topic on Twitter, with many fans directing their anger towards Network Ten and the producers of the Warner Bros. program. Australia
Kickback: Meanwhile, a handful of viewers said they had filed formal complaints with the Australian Media and Communication Authority (ACMA). In the photo (from left to right): Romy Poulier, Cat Henesy and Alisha Aitken-Radburn, whom fans accuse of "bullying" behavior
"What happened with Tenille tonight crossed all the lines," said a similar tweet, as other viewers agreed that bullying is never justified.
Many fans claimed that they found the episode particularly difficult to watch, as it triggered memories of the intimidation of their younger years.
So far this season, the "villains" Romy, Alisha and Cat have been described in social networks as "school thugs" and "bad girls".
& # 39; Mean girls & # 39 ;: Many fans claimed that they found the episode particularly hard to watch as it triggered memories of bullying from their younger years
& # 39; Someone else worried? & # 39; Several viewers claimed that Channel Ten and Warner Bros. were sending the wrong message & # 39; transmitting the intimidation scenes faced
"Gross of @ChannelTen to keep them inside," wrote a user of social networks in reference to Romy, Cat and Alisha.
"I've really had enough of Romy, she's abhorrent and her behavior is absolutely embarrassing, take her out of this show," tweeted another.
Some viewers suggested that Bachelor producers should be held accountable for Romy's behavior in the program.
& # 39; She needs to be held accountable & # 39 ;: Many fans asked that & # 39; bully & # 39; Romy (pictured) was immediately fired from the program
"Is anyone else worried that this absolute bully is not reprimanded at all?" a spectator asked.
"If Romy is a paid actor, then the producers are paying him to be intimidated and accountable." If she is there and is c ** t of her own free will, then she must be held accountable.
Daily Mail Australia has communicated with Channel Ten to comment on this story.
& # 39; Producers must be accountable & # 39 ;: a viewer made reference to rumors that Romy is a & # 39; paid actress & # 39; planted by the producers to provoke the drama in the mansion.
Problem solved? It is understood that Nick & # 39; The Honey Badger & # 39; Cummins (pictured) will face intimidation in Thursday's episode