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.” 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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