There's no denying that this year's season of Married At First Sight has seen more drama than previous years. First, we were introduced to bride Ines Basic, and were forced to watch on as she began an affair with groom Sam Ball, only to then be treated to a second cheating scandal between Jess and Dan.
Despite raking in an impressive 1.2 million viewers per episode, MAFS producer Peter Walsh has admittedly not been a fan of the 2019 season. "I wouldn't like things to play out the same, I wouldn't like people to see a repeat of what they saw this year," Walsh told news.com.au.
Despite what some people might think about the role producers play in these cheating story lines, Mr Walsh added that producers don’t actually like or encourage affairs between couples.
“We don’t actually like the cheating. It plays against the spirit of the experiment.”
Walsh also said that he was surprised by some of the behaviour displayed by contestants on this season, specifically that from the two season villains Ines Basic and intruder Susie Bradley.
He claimed that the “pressure” of the social experiment had brought out a side of the women that hadn’t been seen during casting. The publication further reported that Nine CEO Hugh Marks was outraged with recent MAFS episodes and called an urgent meeting to review upcoming episodes.
John Walsh appeared to confirm that this was true, saying that changes had been made to make the show more PG.
“It is true we have decided to pull back some editing, mostly though to do with Sunday night because of the PG rating,” he said.