Former Married at First Sight expert Dr Trisha Stratford has spoken about her reasons for quitting the Nine series.
Her original reasoning was to “focus on my writing, research and neuropsychotherapy.”
But new quotes elaborate on much more…
“By the end, I couldn’t compromise my professional and personal standards because there were participants on the show who I felt shouldn’t have been there,” she has told Woman’s Day NZ.
‘If someone gets through the critical selection process, when we say we don’t want them on the show because they’re quite fragile, they’re not going to do well after the show,” she said.
The New Zealand-based therapist went on to compare what the contestants go through as ‘a tough gig psychologically’ which she even compared to experiencing ‘conflict in war zones’.
“By the end, I couldn’t compromise my professional and personal standards because there were participants on the show who I felt shouldn’t have been there.”
In Dr Trisha’s opinion, the show began in its infant stage as a proper social experiment, or at the very least an “observational documentary”, but over time has evolved to become something else.
“It got supersized, a bit like MasterChef, into what we know as MAFS now. The participants we got in season six and seven were so outrageous and outside the norm that it wasn’t what I signed up for.
“At a couple of dinner parties I felt sick. I felt in my guts that this wasn’t what I’d want to be watching at home on TV,” she said.
Dr. Trisha was replaced by Puerto Rican sexologist, Alessandra Rampolla.