Married At First Sight’s relationship ‘expert’ Mel Schilling has defended the controversial reality show amid backlash over its most recent cheating scandal. 

The “psychologist, organisational consultant and leadership coach” claims that the Channel Nine program’s cheating drama is purely reflective of the ‘real world’. 

“This is a realistic representation of what the dating world looks like out there,” she told The Herald Sun.

“It is hard, there is a lot of bad behaviour out there in the real world.”


Schilling’s claims come after a petition was created to ban Married At First Sight.

The petition created by Natasha Rae on, which currently has over 23,000 signatures, said that they wanted the Channel 9 show to be banned and taken off the air due to the “wrong and immoral” storylines that it’s showcasing.

“Tonight’s [Sunday night] episode of Jess and Dan “hooking up” and the therapists allowing them to continue in the experiment is outrageous,” the petition says.

“This has highlighted and given the message that adultery, cheating, lying and partner swapping is ok and you’ll be rewarded if you partake in it.

“It’s wrong and immoral and should be banned from ever being broadcasted again. Shame on you Channel 9,” the petition concluded.


Married At First Sight continues tonight at 7:30PM on Channel Nine.

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