Stuff co.nz 16 March 2015
Controversial judges Natalia Kills and Willy Moon have been fired from The X Factor NZ following their on-air tirade on last night’s show.
Kills came under fire after harshly criticising X Factor contestant Joe Irvine, accusing him of copying the style of her husband and fellow judge Willy Moon.
She called it “cheesy” and “disgusting”.
Conservative lobby group Family First said it applauded X Factor producers for firing Kills and Moon.
Family First director Bob McCoskrie said the former judges’ outburst was “playground bullying of the worst kind”.
“X Factor is supposed to be a celebration and showcasing of Kiwi talent – not a demonstration of public bullying and humiliation. Constructive feedback is one thing. Moon and Kills’ tirade was anything but constructive.”
The show had set an “atrocious public example” at a time when schools and communities were working to prevent bullying and verbal abuse, McCoskrie said.
Families should be able to enjoy the show with their children without fear of “objectionable content”, he said.