DJs Michael Christian and Mel Greig, who hosted the 2Day FM show in Australia, have been suspended indefinitely by station owner Southern Cross Austereo, which also suspended all prank calls, reports The Sydney Morning Herald.
Christian and Greig recently made a prank call to the King Edward VII Hospital in London pretending to be Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles wanting to check on Kate Middleton's condition, reports the NY Daily News and the Daily Mail.
However, the nurse who answered and transferred the prank call, Jacintha Saldanha, committed suicide days later.
Now, Christian and Greig are being blamed for Saldanha's choice to take her own life over a comedy routine, reports CBS News (video below).
Christian and Greig recently discussed the situation during an interview on 'Today Tonight' (video below).
Greig said: "The first thing I asked was: 'Was she a mother?' If we played any involvement in her death then we’re very sorry for that. We couldn’t foresee what was going to happen in the future. I'm very sorry and saddened for the family, and I can’t imagine what they’ve been going through.”
“The accents were terrible. You know, it was designed to be stupid. … We always wanted it to be a joke. If we played any involvement in her death, then we’re very sorry for that and time will only tell."
Christian said: “I’m gutted, shattered, heartbroken, We’re still trying to get our heads around everything, trying to make sense with the situation.”
“I suppose the joke was always on us, not anyone else. It wasn’t about try and fool someone. We just assumed that with the voices that we put on, we were going to get told off and that was the gag.”
Greig added: "We care more about the family. We are thinking of you and if we could call you, we would want to reach out to you.”
Greig said they’re not concerned about their careers at the moment, and are ready for any possible inquiry by Scotland Yard, even though their prank call has not been called a criminal act.
Southern Cross Austereo said they tried to contact King Edward VII Hospital five times before putting the hoax call on air, but the hospital has said that they "did not speak to senior management."
The DJs said they believed they would never get past the switchboard and wanted to be hung up on.