Block quitters Elle and Joel quit after 48 hours because the show wasn’t ‘on brand’ and the ‘toilet paper was too scratchy,’ says host Scott Cam
Block host Scott Cam has slammed contestants Elle Ferguson and Joel Patfull for their “p**s arms” apology for leaving the new season.
The pair’s time on the show was over before it really began after they threw in the towel for “family reasons” after just 48 hours at the construction site in country Victoria.
As reported by TV Week, Scott told the other contestants Elle and Joel left because the show wasn’t “on brand” for them as a Sydney influencer.
Block host Scott Cam slammed contestants Elle Ferguson (left) and Joel Patfull (right) for their “p**s arms” apology for leaving the show
He also said they complained “the toilet paper was too scratchy.”
Elle, 36, a popular fashion influencer, and Joel, 37, a retired AFL player, have contested that portrayal, insisting they quit because of a legitimate family emergency.
The couple knocked down tools in April – just two days into filming and after the first challenge – after Joel’s mother Trish broke her neck in a fall at her home in Adelaide.
They initially tried to stay on the show but left after they “couldn’t get a definitive answer” from the producers as to whether Joel could “come and go” from the Gisborne construction site to visit his ailing mother in South Australia.
Elle later posted a cryptic message on Instagram: “Wherever you are in the world. Whatever you do. Family always comes first.”
Scott (pictured) told the other contestants Elle and Joel left because the show wasn’t “on brand” for them as a Sydney influencer. Elle, 36, a fashion blogger, and Joel, 37, a retired AFL star, have contested that portrayal, insisting they quit because of a legitimate family emergency
However, Scott wasn’t convinced by this explanation and told TV Week that he hadn’t heard about Joel’s mother before the couple’s abrupt exit.
“Obviously, family comes first at The Block – we’ve shut down production before when people have had family emergencies,” he said.
“And of course I didn’t mean that anyone would visit their sick mother… It was because they hadn’t given us a reason.”
Scott previously said at the Logie Awards that Elle and Joel, who entered the competition so early, were “un-Australian” and “p**s poor”.
Scott previously said at the Logie Awards that Elle and Joel (pictured) quitting so early in the competition were “un-Australian” and “p**s poor”.
He told TV Tonight: “We had a 48 hour challenge to choose the house you get and they took off after 48 hours. It’s something that has never happened before.’
“Forty-five thousand people applied to be on The Block and win life-changing money. Those guys went through and just couldn’t handle the pace after 48 hours,” he continued.
“Which is a bit un-Australian to me! Try! It’s fucking poor.’
The couple knocked down tools in April – just two days into filming and after the first challenge – after Joel’s mother Trish broke her neck in a fall at her home in Adelaide
The couple made the difficult decision to leave Channel Nine’s renovation show in April after Joel’s mother suffered a bad fall.
The former footy star’s mother reportedly broke her tailbone and wrist.
A Nine spokesman confirmed their departure to Chron Australia, saying: “Over the weekend we were surprised to see one of our new candidate teams leaving The Block a few days into filming for the upcoming season.
“We wish them all the best in the future and are delighted to welcome two new Aussies to The Block for the opportunity of a lifetime. The Block Tree Change will air later this year as scheduled.’
Following her disembarkation, Elle shared this photo of her suitcases at Melbourne Airport on Instagram, writing, “Wherever you are in the world, whatever you do, family always comes first.”