Nurse Jacintha Saldanha death: Australian DJs Mel Greig and Michael Christian speak for the first time (Video)

By on Dec 10, 2012 in Australia, Europe, World Comments

2Day FM radio personalities Mel Greig and Michael Christian spoke publicly for the first time after the reported death of nurse Jacintha Saldanha, who received the prank call from the two Australian DJs and transferred it to Kate Middleton‘s room, which was received by one of her nurses.

Australian DJs Mel Greig Michael Christian

Australian DJs Michael Christian and Mel Greig,
during the Australian TV Channel 9 interview

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Greig and Christian granted an exclusively interview to Tracy Grimshaw on Australian TV Channel 9‘s ‘A Current Affair‘ in a pre-recorded video, which was shown this Monday, December 10, 2012. The two DJs talked on how the idea of the King Edward VII Hospital prank call started and apologized for the result.

Last Tuesday, December 4, Mel Greig impersonated Queen Elizabeth and Michael Christian imitated Prince Charles and had a successful call to the said hospital. Nurse Jacintha Saldanha received the prank call since there was no receptionist on duty that time, and the conversation with Kate‘s nurse was aired on radio.

On Thursday, Saldanha 46, who was been working at King Edward VII Hospital for four years as a nurse, was found dead near the hospital at around 9:30 a.m. (London time). The cause of death has not been announced as of this writing, but is being speculated to be an apparent suicide.

“Prank calls have been around for years. We’ve done many a prank call before. It’s the same thing, you prank someone, you record it, and then it goes to the other departments to work out what they want to do with it. It’s been done for years. It was routine for us. There wasn’t anything different.” Greig said in the interview.

“I don’t think anyone could have foreseen where this would go. No-one could have predicted this at all. It’s just really tragic. It was the worst phone call I have ever had in my life.” Mel Greig said, when Grimshaw asked her feelings after learning that Saldanha, who is from India, is a mother of two.

“Shattered, gutted, heartbroken and obviously, you know, our deepest sympathies are with the families and the friends of all those affected. And you know, Mel and myself are incredibly sorry for this situation and what’s happened and we hope they’re doing okay and they’re getting the love and support they need right now. Personally I’m gutted.” Christian said.

“Prank calls are made every day on every radio station in every country around the world. They have been for a long time. No-one could have foreseen no-one could have imagines this would happen. We just hope that her family and friends are as good as they can be and they’re getting the love and support they deserve and naturally we’re shattered. We’re people, too.” Christian added.

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Australian DJs Mel Greig and Michael Christian, speaking for the first time, after the death
of nurse Jacintha Saldanha has been reported

Video Credit: hi5ViralNews/YouTube/Current Affair channel 9

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