Married At First Sight ‘relationship expert’ Mel Schilling angered the nation after blasting Bronson Norrish for using the C-word during Sunday night’s episode.
Shortly afterwards, enraged viewers created a Change.org petition demanding she is either fired from the show or issues an apology.
And less that 24 hours since its inception, the petition has attracted more than 25,000 signatures from angered fans all over the nation.
That escalated quickly! Petition calling MAFS ‘expert’ Mel Schilling be sacked reached more than 25,000 signatures in just HOURS… as furious viewers continued to vent their anger
The petition states: ‘Married At First Sight’s so-called expert Mel Schilling lashed out at Bronson for using foul language.
‘This so-called psychologist is a biased feminist who has made it clear that she thinks it’s okay for a woman to behave the way Ines does.
‘Bronson has been a victim of her verbal and emotional abuse all week, and the second he decides it’s enough, “expert” Mel comes in and says he shouldn’t be using that language.
‘The thing is, Ines is exactly what he said, a nasty, abusive piece of work.’
Eek! Enraged viewers created a Change.org petition demanding Mel (L) is either fired from the show or issues an apology to Bronson (R) after blasting him for using the C-word on Sunday’s episode
It concludes: ‘Mel needs to make a formal apology or be sacked from the show. The show doesn’t need a one-sided feminist as an “expert”.’
In a statement on Monday, Channel Nine publicly supported Mel.
A network spokesperson told Daily Mail Australia: ‘There were 12 women in the room that night and a man used language that was highly insulting and inflammatory in reference to his wife.
‘Mel acted in the only way appropriate by calling out the language – language that is not ever considered acceptable anywhere, anytime.
‘Don’t use language like that if you want a relationship with a woman!’ During the first commitment ceremony, Bronson said his ‘wife’ Ines Basic (pictured) was ‘acting like a c**t’, prompting psychologist Mel to criticise him in front of the whole group
‘We are shocked at the backlash Mel has received for defending another woman.’
On Sunday’s explosive episode of Married at First Sight, Bronson called Ines the C-word during the first commitment ceremony.
While Ines voted to leave the experiment, Bronson decided to stay, forcing her to endure another week with him.
Ouch! ‘I’m not calling her a c**t, I’m saying she acts like a c**t’, Bronson said of his ‘wife’ Ines
Explaining his decision, he said: ‘When we did the questionnaire thing, Ines was amazing that night, like, really amazing. I loved her to pieces that night.
‘Next morning, the Hulk came out. Straight back to a c**t. I’m not calling her a c**t, I’m saying she acts like a c**t’.
A stunned Ines replied: ‘I don’t think this could get any worse.’
Relationship expert Mel was horrified by Bronson’s slur, saying: ‘Don’t use language like that if you want any chance of a relationship with a woman.’
He went there! Bronson’s castmates, including Elizabeth Sobinoff (pictured), were shocked by his colourful language
Ranting: Mel Schilling (pictured) was horrified by Bronson’s slur, saying: ‘Don’t use language like that if you want any chance of a relationship with a woman’
The pair were then told they would be forced into counselling, with fellow expert John Aiken insisting that Bronson needed to learn ‘respect’.
While he was criticised on the show, Bronson was widely praised on Twitter for standing up for himself.
Many viewers claimed he was justified in calling Ines a ‘c**t’ after she had verbally abused him – including telling him repeatedly to ‘shut the f**k up’ – during their honeymoon in Port Douglas.
Married At First Sight continues Tuesday at 7:30pm on Channel Nine
Revenge? Viewers claimed Bronson was justified in calling Ines a ‘c**t’ after she had verbally abused him – including telling him repeatedly to ‘shut the f**k up’ – during their honeymoon