No one has been more surprised by MAFS’ controversies than its relationship expert Dr Trisha Stratford, who sensationally quit the show soon after the seventh series aired in Australia last year (Picture: Nine)
Married At First Sight Australia has left UK viewers in shock thanks to its offering of incompatible couples, scandalous love affairs and dinner party bust-ups.
However, nobody has been more surprised by the reality show’s controversies than its relationship expert Dr Trisha Stratford, who sensationally quit the show soon after the seventh series aired in Australia last year.
The psychologist was part of MAFS’s expert panel for seven seasons, and British viewers can currently see her on the show’s sixth season alongside Mel Schilling and John Aiken.
In a new interview with Woman’s Day New Zealand, Dr Trisha has now detailed what prompted her to cut ties with the popular reality show.
She claimed that the participants selected for season six and seven were ‘so outrageous’ and ‘outside the norm’ that it ‘wasn’t what she had signed up for’.
Trisha explained: ‘At a couple of dinner parties, I felt sick. I felt in my guts that this wasn’t what I’d want to be watching at home on TV.’
The psychologist was part of MAFS’s expert panel for seven seasons, and British viewers can currently see her on the show’s sixth season alongside Mel Schilling and John Aiken (Picture: Nine)
‘By the end, I couldn’t compromise my professional and personal standards because there were participants on the show who I felt shouldn’t have been there.’
Based in New Zealand, Trisha added that the show was a ‘tough gig psychologically’, and she could easily identify ‘fragile’ contestants who wouldn’t fare well after the show ended.
Announcing her departure on Instagram last year, Trisha revealed she was exiting the show to ‘focus on her writing, research and neuropsychotherapy’.
Clinical sexologist Alessandra Rampolla replaced Trisha for series seven, set to debut in the UK on E4 this summer.
The dramatic conclusion of MAFS’s sixth season will be airing on Monday night.
The season featured a whole host of larger-than-life personalities, including Jessika Power, who ditched her ‘husband’ for a passionate affair with Dan Webb.
The sixth season featured a whole host of larger than life personalities, including Jessika Power, who ditched her ‘husband’ for a passionate affair with Dan Webb (Picture: Nine)
In a recent interview with Metro.co.uk, the TV star opened up about her addiction hell following their dramatic split.
‘I was at a really low point, I actually got a really bad Xanax addiction,’ she said. ‘I was drinking a bottle or two of white wine a day on Xanax. It was really bad.’
The star continued: ‘I’ve been through a lot in my life, a lot of bad things. Honestly, that was the hardest time I’ve ever been through and the one time I couldn’t bring myself out of it. It was pretty scary.’
Married At First Sight Australia’s sixth season concludes on Monday at 8.30pm on E4.
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