The Australian DJs whose prank phone call went viral lost their show, but will remain on the air
The Australian radio hosts who prank-phone call to the London hospital where the pregnant Kate Middleton was being treated lost their show but will keep their jobs, their employer said on Monday.
The DJs' "Hot 30" program was suspended after the suicide of a nurse who answered the phone and helped the pranksters get confidential information about the Duchess of Cambridge's condition. Now, the show has been officially canceled, said Southern Cross Austereo, the parent company of the radio station 2DayFM.
The radio personalities, Michael Christian and Mel Greig, will return to the air, CEO Rhys Holleran said in the statement.
“We look forward to Mel and MC returning to work when the time is right, in roles that make full use of their talents,” Holleran said in the statement Monday.
Pretending to be Queen Elizabeth II and her son, Prince Charles, the DJs called London's King Edward VII hospital early on Dec. 4 to ask about Middleton's condition. Middleton, who married Prince William last year, was experiencing morning sickness as a result of her pregnancy.
The India-born nurse, Jacintha Saldanha, was tricked by their accents and put them through to a colleague. She committed suicide three days later, after the call went viral.
Both Christian and Greig gave tearful interviews on Australian television, saying they never expected the call to go through.