The Block host lashed out at influencer Elle Ferguson and her celebrity fiancé for leaving the show after just ’48 hours’, calling their efforts ‘bad as hell’.
Scott Cam slammed two of The Block’s biggest names who left the renovation show just “48 hours” before filming.
The 59-year-old Gold Logie winner, who has run the Channel 9 show since 2010, reached out to fashion influencer El Ferguson and her ex-fiance, AFL star Joel Pathful, who sensationally exited the show in its first week of filming in April.
Cam was not at a loss for words when asked about their sudden departure in an interview with TV tonightsuggesting that they were unable to handle the grueling workload when challenged after the entrance test.
“We had a 48 hour call to choose the house you would get and they ran away after 48 hours. This is something that has never happened before,” Cam told the publication.
He added, “45,000 people applied to be on The Block and won life-changing money. These guys made it and just couldn’t keep up with the pace after 48 hours… Which is a bit out of Aussie to me! Try! It’s damn bad.”
news.com.au has reached out to Ferguson’s management for comment.
Although Ferguson and Patfull had not yet officially commented on why they left, The Daily Telegraph reported at the time that Patfull’s mother, Trish, had broken her neck after a bad fall.
Patfull, 37, formerly of the GWS Giants, and Ferguson, 36, immediately left the Melbourne shoot for Adelaide, where Trish was being treated for a possible cerebral hemorrhage, a broken tailbone and a fractured wrist.
Ferguson took to social media in an eloquent post about the sudden change of plans, stating: “Family always comes first.”
“Wherever you are in the world. Whatever you do Family always comes first,” she wrote in her stories featuring a cart full of packed luggage at Melbourne airport.
Power couple Ferguson and Patfull were enlisted to join Block presented as the most famous members along with former Neighbours star Sharon Johal and her husband Ankur Dogra.
Ferguson has 680,000 followers on Instagram and has her own self-tanning line, Elle Effect.
Meanwhile, Pathfull, who retired from the AFL in 2016, is the head of the Elle Effect department and owns Lost Athletes’ sports range.
The couple got engaged in 2017.
Their exit was the first snag Block has become a hit since filming began in April.
Earlier this month, it was revealed that the show was facing a severe shortage of viewers, and the program’s construction company posted an urgent request on social media for immediate salvage bids for the show.
Gisborne, Victoria-based construction company Nine in Six, behind the upcoming tree change season, is “desperately in need of help to complete the series,” she wrote on Instagram on June 8.
“We desperately need help bringing the current The Block, Tree Change series to a close. Carpenters, cladding teams, skilled workers, sales assistants,” the company’s official account says.
“Salary, casual, subsidies, we will not discriminate. Immediate start, 5 weeks left Location Gisborne Victoria. Send us a message if you’re interested.”
Block executive producer Julian Kress also said building materials were “incredibly hard to come by” for the construction site, blaming “pandemic hangovers” for the many problems plaguing the popular home renovation series.