The Block producer Julian Cress has addressed claims by contestants Tess and Luke that the show has edited them negatively and impacted their mental health.
Speaking to The Hit Network’s Hughesy and Kate radio show yesterday, Cress (pictured left) acknowledged the couple had been under immense pressure.
“Nobody who is lazy will ever get on this show — it’s too hard. There’s no way in the world Tess and Luke are lazy people. (But) everybody who comes on the show will reach a point where they are feeling extremely low. It happens,” he said.
Asked about the couple’s furious complaints with their edit, Cress said: “Well that can be really confronting. It’s slightly embarrassing to have to relive the lowest moment in your life in front of over a million people.
“It’s embarrassing, and people do — and have — lashed out. I totally sympathise with them, and I understand where they’re coming from. That is what people say when they lash out.”
Nine responded to the pair’s claims, saying they supported all the couples throughout the build and will “continue to support them”.