Married at First Sight expert Mel Schilling opens up about receiving death threats

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Photo credit: Channel 4
Photo credit: Channel 4

Married at First Sight expert Mel Schilling has spoken about the horrendous messages that she has received following her work on the reality show, which includes death threats.

Schilling, who appears as a relationship expert on both the UK and Australian versions of the show, has told news.com.au that she has been subjected to a great deal of abuse over her role on the shows.

She said that she has been labelled a "toxic feminist", has been the subject of a petition to have her sacked and has received constant threatening messages.

Photo credit: Channel 4
Photo credit: Channel 4

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"I have received death threats, rape threats, and it wasn't just online," she said. "I was accused of inciting domestic violence which is something I am passionately opposed to.

"Every day I go through my Instagram and delete all the hate messages; it's just become a way of life now. The hate mainly comes from Australian audiences who are very critical about what I do on the show."

Schilling, who also works as a confidence coach, appears as an expert on the UK version of MAFS alongside Celebs Go Dating star Paul Carrick Brunson and Charlene Douglas, with the trio helping the newly-matched couples through their relationship troubles.

On the Australian version of the show, she is joined by John Aiken and Alessandra Rampolla.

Photo credit: Channel 4
Photo credit: Channel 4

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Nine Network boss Adrian Swift recently spoke about the duty of care that TV production companies have to look after reality TV contestants, saying that they "don't always get it right".

"I know we don't always get it right and that people often feel that we've got it fundamentally wrong. But we're trying to get it right," he said.

"We really believe we've got processes in place to look after participants in our shows. And it's very often, very different across different shows."

Married At First Sight and Married At First Sight Australia air on E4 and are streaming on All 4.

If you've been affected by the issues raised in this story, organisations who can offer support include Samaritans on 116 123 (www.samaritans.org) or Mind on 0300 123 3393 (www.mind.org.uk). Readers in the US are encouraged to visit mentalhealth.gov.

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