Bryce Ruthven says MAFS ruined his radio career

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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 Afterwhich 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.

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17 Aug 2021 - 11:35 am

I’ve used Bryce as a case study when air-checking people of what not to do during a music shift so…draw your conclusions from that one

double lol
17 Aug 2021 - 11:55 am

As ‘lol’ pointed out, it could be due to the questionable talent…probably mostly from the heinous attitude and gaslighting displayed on MAFS. There’s only so much ‘editing’ that can be done, but they can’t edit words into your mouth and behaviour into your bones. anywho, any career suicide is completely self inflicted mate, and based off a heinous video aircheck you uploaded on instagram. should have stuck to pushing jonesy and amanda’s buttons.

17 Aug 2021 - 11:58 am

Appears this article is intended to bring Bryce down. He is currently working in radio and know him personally so can clarify that.

How about RT support talent in the industry rather than be negative towards them? He has worked in some decent markets and won an ACRA, must be a terrible human and announcer.

17 Aug 2021 - 12:19 pm

“Ruthven said the show is manipulated and highly edited” … now who’dve thunk that?

17 Aug 2021 - 12:24 pm

I love the way Bryce writes positive things about himself in this comments section lol

LOl "Scott"
17 Aug 2021 - 12:34 pm

No one’s buying that totally authentic comment Byr…. sorry “Scott”.

17 Aug 2021 - 12:44 pm

it’s actually quite sad when someone has no idea about themselves. Bryce has had a few jobs now and you would feel if he was as good as he thinks he would have found a job easily with ex content directors talking him up? If you watched Mafs you would have seen how bad he was with taking feedback from the experts. Constantly having a crack back at them. That’s what is holding him back, he can’t accept that he might not be that good. I think Bryce thinks he is already bigger than Kyle and just needs a chance.

Lexi Foxx
17 Aug 2021 - 12:55 pm

Some of Bryce’s antics on MAFS were faiiiiirly similar to some of his antics when we worked together. Sorry Scott err Bryce, you’re not fooling anyone…

Bryce Ruthven
17 Aug 2021 - 1:40 pm

Hey RT, your article has taken a quote from an interview that has misquoted myself from the journalist as I am not considering any legal action against a TV show, well and truly moved on from something that is almost six months old. I am currently working in radio, nice to see an industry page supporting those in the industry.

    17 Aug 2021 - 1:50 pm

    Hi Bryce,

    I just got off the phone with your manager, Max Markson, about this.

    We went through each of the quotes (as Max says he was also on the call with yourself and Fiona) and he confirmed they were accurate. The one discrepancy was the wording about whether you were taking legal action, so, with Max’s blessing, I have changed it slightly to make it clearer legal firms approached you, however you don’t intend to actually take any legal action.

    Max confirmed that you made the comments about your radio career and that you’re keen to get a permanent gig in radio. He said he’s confident you’ll do just that.

    We wish you the best with that endeavour,
    Vivienne – Radio Today

17 Aug 2021 - 2:43 pm

@ Bryce where are you working then champ? Or is it a secret lol

17 Aug 2021 - 4:21 pm

Bryce ruined his radio career by working for 2day. MAFS just put the icing on the cake,

18 Aug 2021 - 7:16 am

I guess if you are going into a reality RV program you know what you’re in for. How is is someone else’s fault?
Suck it up princess.

It is what it is
18 Aug 2021 - 10:58 am

If you go on a reality TV show, you dance with the devil. Bryce gambled with his strong personality and from a lot of extreme accounts his intentions were quite all over the place. You can’t blame radio stations for wanting to be cautious. Sure, it was six months ago, until there is a new ‘MAFS villain’, Bryce won’t be off the hook and that’s just how it is.

Mick V
19 Aug 2021 - 12:40 pm

The only reason he went on MAFS was to increase his profile
Just the same as all reality tv is

21 Aug 2021 - 8:25 am

Sorry Bryce but considering you’re in the media industry you should be well aware of how reality tv is produced and how you’re more likely to come out ruined when it’s finished airing. This is something YOU should have thought about, weigh up the risks with your amazing career in radio, maybe be more like Heidi Slatcham?


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