Aussie Radio DJs Speak Publicly About Hoax

By Scott Sarvay

December 10, 2012 Updated Dec 10, 2012 at 1:37 PM EDT

Australia (www.incnow.tv) – The Australian DJs behind the royal telephone hoax that may have led to a nurse's suicide are speaking publicly for the first time.

They say they're "shattered."

The two imitated members of the royal family to get information on a pregnant Kate Middleton.

DJs Mel Grieg and Michael Christian made a hoax call to King Edward the 7th hospital, pretending to be Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles, asking about the pregnant Duchess' condition. Nurse Jacintha Saldanha answered the call and put it through to Kate's room.

The hosts of the 2day FM radio show say they never imagined they'd get through.

DJ, Michael Christian said, “It was just something that was fun and lighthearted and a tragic turn of events that I don't think anyone could have ever predicted or expected.”

Saldanha was found dead Friday morning, a victim of a suspected suicide.

Both Grieg and Christian say they both found out about the nurse’s death around the same time and was the worst phone call they've ever had in my life.

The global backlash against the duo has been fierce from online death threats to calls for prison. The two will be interviewed by Australian police, but ABC Legal Analyst Dan Abrams doesn't think jail time is likely.

Abrams said, “I don't think there's gonna be any serious prosecution here because it would be very tough to link the actual death to the prank. Now you can link it as a moral matter but as a legal matter there'd need to be a level of foreseeability that this is likely to happen. I think this is a tough link to make.”

Their radio station announced it is banning prank calls altogether and the popular DJ team has been pulled off the air indefinitely.




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