Watch – X-Factor bullying judge gets the boot

2015-03-18 13:56

On Sunday (March 15 2015) X-Factor New Zealand screened its first live show – but for judges Natalia Kills and Willy Moon it was their last.

Kills went on a tirade when “critiquing” contestant Joe Irvine’s performance.

The British-born singer accused Irvine of copying Moon’s (who is also her husband) style and said that he disgusted her. Moon then quipped: “I feel like you’re going to stitch someone’s skin to your face and then kill everyone in the audience.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1UA4ZfvNmz0 Fans of the show then took to social media to express their outrage of Kills’ comments:

Just witnessed #bullying on live television. @xfactornz ND #nataliaKills need to apologise on air. #disgusted and #saddened. What's up #nz ! — Jokatama (@Hydenblu) March 15, 2015
#NataliaKills is disgusting and rude. That's not judging a performance, that's being a bully. So disrespectful. @NataliaKills gross. — Angela Specter (@angelalessi) March 15, 2015
#NataliaKills talks intellectual property on a show where everyone sings covers! Every man owns a suit. Being an bully won't get you far! — CrazyMotherCrafter (@VintageSpiceNZ) March 15, 2015
Even Ed Sheeran and Ellie Goulding had a comment or two:
Can't stop myself from commenting on NZ X factor situation because I can't stop thinking about how mean it was. Thank goodness they're gone — Ellie Goulding (@elliegoulding) March 16, 2015
@jooe63_joe don't worry about what anyone else says man. Enjoy yourself with it, that's what singing is about, not what other people think — Ed Sheeran (@edsheeran) March 16, 2015

Killis and Moon were both fired from the show and TV3, who broadcasted the show, released a statement saying that “TV3 does not condone bullying and [representatives] are currently on site with Joe who is doing well.”

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