The attack that got MKR team booted

‘Hang your heads in shame’: Ch 7 slammed

"HANG your heads in shame, Channel Seven."

That was just one of the many posts on social media accusing Channel Seven of promoting bullying after last night's shocking episode of My Kitchen Rules.

After months of teasing the "MKR scandal", more than 1.6 million viewers [5 city metro] last night saw the unbelievable verbal attack that Sonya and Hadil launched on rival team, Jess and Emma.

In addition to criticising the women's appearance, Sonya and Hadil also threatened several other teams at the table, telling them: "We'll come for you ... don't you worry."

Sonya and Hadil were eventually asked to leave the table by judge Manu Feildel, but many viewers found the episode uncomfortable to watch and criticised the network for exploiting bullying behaviour for ratings.

Sonya and Hadil were asked to leave the table in last night’s episode. Picture: Channel 7
Sonya and Hadil were asked to leave the table in last night’s episode. Picture: Channel 7

Viewers also accused the TV network of being hypocritical after Sunrise launched an anti-bullying campaign earlier this year called "Beat The Bullies" with the aim to "fight for a change in policy and behaviours".

Yesterday a My Kitchen Rules insider told that there was even more extreme behaviour from Sonya and Hadil that wasn't shown during the episode.

"You don't see the worst of it," the insider said.

"We're a 7.30pm show and it still had to be kept suitable for families. There was certainly a lot that happened that didn't make the show ... It was pretty hardcore."

In response to the criticism, a Channel Seven spokesperson told today:

"Last night's episode of My Kitchen Rules dealt with an unprecedented level of continued personal attacks and threats by one team against other teams. Despite a number of constructive conversations and second chances, this team continued to bully and attack other teams.

"This level of behaviour does not fit within the agreed workplace values of Channel Seven. Everyone, anywhere and at all times must feel safe and supported in their work place. This is a fundamental understanding and agreement by each and every Seven employee."

Viewers however clearly felt that what did make it to air last night was too excessive and took to Twitter to express their outrage.

 has contacted Channel Seven for comment.

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