ABC News host unleashed a rant against Channel Nine show Married At First Sight.

Breakfast host, Michael Rowland, declared on air that MAFS is ‘the absolute cesspit’ of television and ‘encourages cheating and adultery’.

He was responding to Sunday night’s reunion dinner party that saw a physical fight break out between two brides, Cyrell Paule and Martha Kalifatidis.

‘I’ve never understood the appeal of this show,’ Michael told his co-host Virginia Trioli.

‘I fully appreciate it’s watched by gazillions, and well done Channel Nine for sustaining it, but this is a show that destroys relationships, it doesn’t celebrate relationships.’

Michael added that Married At First Sight sends a bad message to teenagers.

‘This is a show that encourages cheating and adultery. What sort of message is this show sending to teenagers like mine, who I’m trying to teach about the nature of stable, loving relationships? It’s the absolute cesspit of TV,’ he said.

We shared a few weeks back that the internet was feeling this way about the show and a petition was even launched calling for the axing of the show. It has so far attracted over 25,000 signatures.  Read here.

The petition read, “This show has highlighted and given the message that adultery, cheating, lying and partner swapping is OK and you’ll be rewarded if you partake in it. It’s wrong and immoral and should be banned from ever being broadcasted again. Shame on you Channel 9.”

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  • Not sure why kids would be watching this anyway, it’s for adults, right?


  • I cannot stand this crap of a show.


  • I don’t let my kids watch shows that I have never watched.


  • Kick this show off the air! Absolutely waste of time!, not one bit of decency. Terrible for parents who want security for their kids. Get rid of this immorality NOW!!


  • I did not watch one episode but was across it enough based on the absolute and total saturation of media coverage. I’m sorry that as a society this is what we become – supportive of such poor and deplorable human behaviour. I’m also shocked at the people who watched it – those who I thought had upstanding morals and were better people than that! It really has shocked me, hence why I did not support it in anyway. I’m having enough trouble with the Brodie/Simone storyline in Home & Away and find myself yelling at the tv screen over that. I guess it’s tame in comparison and we’re teaching people it’s okay to be selfish and not care about others.


  • I think it’s the way you discuss these shows & scenarios with children & teenagers. There will come a time when they either see or experience similar things. It’s what we as parents tell & show them is what really matters. We are their first influencers & their most important shows will come & go.
    I don’t take these shows too seriously it’s all for viewers & money as far as I’m concerned.


  • I disagree with your comments as lying and cheating is not condoned on Mafs as was shown on last episode. I on the otherhand feel it only shows attractive young women who mostly spend so much time getting ready with far too much makeup some to extremes, therefore sying to young wome in particular you are not attractive if you do not do this.Again on show it recognised the need for women to support each other not be rivals. Boosting self esteem seems to be necessary for women to not be belittled by men about there looks etc. Which is still going on. When I was young my Aussie husband told me’ you cannot have decent conversation with a woman’ also calling me and my friends ‘old boilers’ we were in our 30/40 age group! I should hve left earlier but thought it normal!!. How gross-I look back now with horror as I thought I was ugly then. Age has taken me unwwares and when look at old photo’s see I was lovely my friends too


  • Would children even want to watch it – not very exciting for them.


  • thank goodness you can choose what to watch


  • Why keep going on about this show, if you do not like it just turn it off, no one is telling anyone what to watch on TV, and there is much worse on TV.


  • MAFS seems to be hugely edited and scripted. I watch it with my two teenage daughters and throughout it we discuss not only the behaviour of the participants but also the music, lighting and editing – especially how things can be manipulated to appear a certain way. I am pretty sure that my teenagers are not getting the message that cheating is okay.

    • It is great you can discuss it with your teenagers, there was a lot of positive things too and if you watched the last show it did end up showing that the bad behavior was actually not tolerated by the group and people had apologized a lot.


  • I enjoy watching. There are plenty of shows i dont like that involve violence, action etc. i dont kick up a stink about it though and boycott or complain that its going to teach kids about shooting and killing etc. dont watch it if you dont like it, it wont please everyone

    • Well said, people watch all those drama’s with so much blood and guts why is that acceptable?


  • I’m not sure that they ‘encourage cheating’. I’m not sure that it is any worse than many other shows eg: The bachelor, Love island, My kitchen rules etc

    • I agree, there is worse on TV, why is this show getting so many complaints?


  • I really don’t think adults should even watch the show, it’s a joke and the things they condone just fro ratings is so stupid.


  • I must admit.. i dont watch reality shows. I dont watch drama. Hated soapies since i was a kid. I watch movies and scifi shows on Foxtel and netflix. But usually im off doing bootcamp… well. That was all before i had bubs. 9 weeks old now and im.so bored sometimes. My hands full but bored. And i turned the tv on and the third or so epispde was playing. And all of a suddon i was hooked!!! And half or more is fake aeanddited and scripted. And yet i was still hooked. I am so ashamed!!!!! I wouldn’t even admit to anyone i was watching it. Cant believe it after all the years i would make fun of mindless idiots that watch those shows and i turn into one


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