Married At First Sight Execs Respond To Acting Allegations

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It's truth time.

This season of MAFS has faced more allegations of fakery than probably all the others combined.

Like, we're talking a whopping SIX contestants all accused of being planted actors. 

In fact, the chit chat has ramped up in such a way that MAFS’ executive producers Tara McWilliams and John Walsh have spoken out about the allegations.

The pair told 9Honey that while many of the contestants had worked in media previously, it was "categorically untrue" that the contestants had been hired in a performance capacity for MAFS.

"We are well aware that some of the cast have done part-time modelling, appeared as extras in commercials or TV shows to supplement their income, but the suggestion that any of them were hired as performers to appear on Married At First Sight is categorically untrue," Walsh told the publication.

"It does a great disservice to the participants on the program who have all genuinely put themselves out there for the sake of this social experiment. You only need to see the anguish many of them go through every week exposing their emotions and vulnerability to see they are not acting. Every word they utter and action they take is heavily scrutinised by critics and social media.

Many of them pay a high personal price for signing up to this search for a life partner. They have to put their lives on hold, some of them giving up jobs and the places they live, often moving interstate for three months away from family and friends."

McWilliams added a very definitive: "The brides and grooms are not hired actors."

"They are not given scripts or lines to recite. They are real everyday people who have made a lot of sacrifices to participate in this experiment, leaving their families, their homes and their jobs. At the risk of public scrutiny, they all opened themselves up to the process and have shown vulnerability, so to suggest they are not being their true selves is not only untrue but unfair to the participants."

"Of all the false things this show has been accused of, this is easily the most ridiculous."

And that's not all.

Mike Gunner - 'married' to Heidi on the show - spoke to Nova's Fitzy & Wippa on Thursday morning to address the same rumours:

"I'm not an actor's shoelace," he told Nova [indicating how far removed he is from being an actor]. "People are jumping up and down saying we're acting. We're not."

So there you have it. 

That drama?

Supposedly the real deal.

Image: MAFS / Channel 9

Written By Ally Parker