UPDATED: Nine has pulled a video of Darren McMullen from its Mornings website after an extraordinary outburst against a former contestant. Clearly the network is unhappy that his anger is highly damaging towards its ratings success story.
EARLIER: Nine’s Darren McMullen has called an eliminated contestant from The Voice a prima donna with a bad attitude who was “screeching down the microphone.”
The extraordinary outburst on former Team Delta singer Peta Jeffress follows her criticisms aired on Today Tonight.
Jeffress told TT that she had very little vocal coaching from Delta Goodrem.
Today on Mornings, McMullen hit back -big time.
“Obviously there was that idiot who was on Seven’s current affairs show last night slagging off the whole process,” he said.
He said she had the chance to perform before the “Most people she has ever sung in front of, and let’s be honest, will probably ever sing in front of because she’s not that good.
“She was rude to staff, she was rude to crew. She didn’t listen to anything Darren (Hayes) and Delta had to say. She was a prima donna, she knew better than anybody. She wasn’t happy with the way the song was arranged, this, that and the other.
“She came out and absolutely killed one of my favourite Prince songs of all time. It was hard to listen to. Screeching down the microphone.”
“Harsh!” replied Sonia Kruger.
“This industry is about attitude right? That’s the perfect example of why you don’t deserve to be on the show and why you’ll never make it, because your attitude stinks,” he insisted.
McMullen’s slamming, which belies the show’s positive tones, also contradicts his comments on stage after Jeffress sang Purple Rain with Viktoria Bolonia.
“Love that song! Great pairing!” he said at the time. But today he claims it was screeching.
It hasn’t taken long for a feelgood reality show enjoying record ratings to hit its first sour note.
While a host has a right of reply to criticisms, it’s debatable whether his comments are in the spirit of the Nine show.
Jeffress told Today Tonight, about the various audition stages, interviews, and producers deciding the song she would perform.
She complained Goodrem only gave her 5 minutes of 1 on 1 coaching when the cameras were turned off.
“Darren Hayes taught me a lot,” she sighed.