Channel Nine exec reveals the one MAFS storyline that ‘broke his heart’

Channel Nine exec reveals the one Married At First Sight storyline that ‘broke his heart’ to show on TV: ‘God, we’re not putting that to air’

A Channel Nine executive has revealed there was one incident that took place on Married At First Sight that ‘broke his heart’ to show on television.

The network’s head of content Adrian Swift said at Nine’s Big Ideas Store conference on Wednesday that MAFS producers always try to show every major event that takes place during the experiment, for better or worse.

But there was one awful moment from season seven in 2020 that he absolutely did not want to go to air, but for storyline reasons they had no choice but to include it.

Regrettable: A Nine executive has revealed there was one incident that took place on MAFS that ‘broke his heart’ to show on TV. (Pictured: 2019 couple Cam Merchant and Jules Robinson)

The regrettable incident in question involved groom David Cannon, who scrubbed a dirty toilet with his wife Hayley Vernon’s toothbrush out of spite.

‘In MAFS, we never try to expunge anything that’s happened and we never try to make anything happen,’ Mr Swift began.

‘There was a series of MAFS where one of the partners put a toothbrush down the toilet. We’re commercial television. Oh, God. We’re not putting that to air.

‘That thing was so fundamental to all the drama that happened on the show for the following 10 episodes that you couldn’t expunge it. You had to put it in.

Policy of truth: The network's head of content Adrian Swift (centre) said at Nine's Big Ideas Store conference on Wednesday that MAFS producers always try to show every major event that takes place during the experiment, for better or worse. However, there was one awful moment from season seven in 2020 that he absolutely did not want to go to air

Policy of truth: The network’s head of content Adrian Swift (centre) said at Nine’s Big Ideas Store conference on Wednesday that MAFS producers always try to show every major event that takes place during the experiment, for better or worse. However, there was one awful moment from season seven in 2020 that he absolutely did not want to go to air

‘It broke my heart to do it and it caused all sorts of kerfuffle but we had no choice but to put it in.’

Mr Swift had previously shared his memories of ‘toothbrush-gate’ in April when he told Variety Australia they couldn’t edit out the storyline because everyone in the cast was talking about it.

When asked if producers encourage controversial plot twists, Mr Swift said: ‘We don’t make things happen and we don’t excise anything that has happened.’

Vile: Mr Swift said the network and producers were disgusted by 'toothbrush-gate' - when David Cannon (left) scrubbed a dirty toilet with wife Hayley Vernon's (right) toothbrush out of revenge - but couldn't edit it out because everyone in the cast was talking about it

Vile: Mr Swift said the network and producers were disgusted by ‘toothbrush-gate’ – when David Cannon (left) scrubbed a dirty toilet with wife Hayley Vernon’s (right) toothbrush out of revenge – but couldn’t edit it out because everyone in the cast was talking about it

He continued: ‘I’ll give you an example about that. About three seasons ago, season seven, a groom used a bride’s toothbrush to clean a toilet.

‘More than anything in the world, we didn’t want to put that to air. We thought it was just stupid and mean and awful and undergraduate, just everything. But it was so material to all the relationships in that group, that we couldn’t excise it.

‘So we’re kind of hoist on our own petard a bit here. We put things to air that we don’t want to go to air, but we certainly don’t believe all publicity is good publicity and we believe that it is absolutely possible to go too far on these shows.’

After David scrubbed the toilet with Hayley’s toothbrush, he put the contaminated toothbrush back next to the sink.

His on-screen wife continued to use it for several days after the incident.

David also recorded himself performing the vile act and sent the video to co-stars.

Grim: 'It was so fundamental to all the drama that happened for the following 10 episodes that you couldn't expunge it. You had to put it in,' Mr Swift said. (Pictured: Hayley Vernon)

Grim: ‘It was so fundamental to all the drama that happened for the following 10 episodes that you couldn’t expunge it. You had to put it in,’ Mr Swift said. (Pictured: Hayley Vernon)

‘It’s abusive. That’s what I said straight off the bat. That’s what my dad said. That’s what everyone said,’ Hayley later said of the ordeal. 

‘And the fact that he filmed it… I don’t understand it. It’s vile.’

David had decided to take revenge on Hayley after she made a ‘derogatory comment’ about his $25-an-hour wage.

Nasty: David (pictured) put the contaminated toothbrush back next to the sink and Hayley continued to use it for several days after the incident

Nasty: David (pictured) put the contaminated toothbrush back next to the sink and Hayley continued to use it for several days after the incident

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