Bryce Ruthven says MAFS ruined his radio career
Former Hit 104.7 Canberra host, Bryce Ruthven, has claimed going on Channel 9’s Married At First Sight has ruined his career in radio.
Ruthven resigned from his radio role just before the TV show aired earlier this year. He quickly became this year’s villain on the program and was criticised for his aggression towards other contestants and the way he treated his partner on the show.
Ruthven is now engaged to his partner, Melissa Rawson, from the show and the pair are expecting twins. Ruthven said the show is manipulated and highly edited, with his portrayal haunting him to this day.
“What came out on screen was not how our relationship played out at all, so to us they have deliberately gone out of their way to manufacture a relationship that reflected domestic violence – which it never did,” he told News Corp’s Fiona Byrne.
The result, he said, is a “ruined” career in radio and damage to his potential earnings.
Ruthven said legal firms had expressed their interest in his case.
“We had legal firms reach out to us while we were on the show saying ‘If you want to pursue some sort of legal action, we would be happy to represent you’,” he claimed.
“We have never seriously looked into it, because you are not going to win against a big network and it is just going to cost a lot of money,” he added.
Ruthven and Rawson have already launched a podcast What Happens After, which was promoted as a “warts and all look at the development of a relationship”, including the highs, the lows and the absolutely ordinary.
The podcast was commissioned by Podshape.