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Australian DJs Mel Greig and Michael Christian have stepped down indefinitely from their positions on the talk show behind the prank call to King Edwards VII Hospital, which led to the death of nurse Jacintha Saldanha.
There has been widespread scrutiny aimed at the two DJs, but now Britons are coming forward saying that Saldanha’s suicide is not their fault.
London Citizen Henry O’Brien explains, as quoted by USA Today, "They're responsible for the phone call. They're not responsible for the nurse committing suicide. It's a joke that became a tragedy.”
“You can't point a finger at the DJs. They couldn't imagine that would happen. There was no intention,” adds Samantha Windsor, a teacher in Northamptonshire.
As we previously reported, Greig and Christian phoned the hospital where the Duchess of Cambridge was being treated for severe morning sickness. Christian and Grieg acted as Prince Charles and Queen Elizabeth, not expecting to get transferred in or receive any information regarding pregnant Kate. Saldanha transferred the call to the nurse treating Middleton and a significant amount of information was released.
Days later, reports surfaced that Saldanha took her own life.
The Australian radio corporation in charge of Greig and Christian’s morning show and Hot30 have announced that they will be changing their policies regarding prank phone calls in light of the tragic ending to the phone incident.