2 judges on New Zealand’s ‘X Factor’ removed for ‘bullying’

Husband and wife 'X Factor' judges Natalia Kills and Willy Moon have been removed from the New Zealand version of the show.

By: Associated Press | Wellington | Published: March 17, 2015 9:46 am
X-Factor Husband and wife ‘X Factor’ judges Natalia Kills and Willy Moon have been removed from the New Zealand version of the show after their comments on a contestant were seen as bullying.

Husband and wife ‘X Factor’ judges Natalia Kills and Willy Moon have been removed from the New Zealand version of the show after their comments on a contestant were seen as bullying.

Kills said she was “disgusted” at how much singer Joe Irvine had copied her husband in his live performance on the show. She called him a “laughing stock” and said she was embarrassed to sit in his presence.

Moon added that it felt cheap and absurd and “like Norman Bates dressing up in his mother’s clothing.”

Mediaworks, which owns broadcaster TV3, posted news of the firings on its website Monday, describing the comments as “completely unacceptable.”

TV3 tweeted a statement saying:

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