Michael Christian and Mel Greig, the Australian DJs who prank called the London hospital where Kate Middleton was being treated, say they're "shattered" and "devastated" by the subsequent suicide of the nurse who fielded the call.
In interviews with two Australian talk shows, Christian and Grieg said they never expected the stunt would result in the death of Jacintha Saldanha, a 46-year-old mother of two. "We're still trying to get our heads around everything, trying to make sense of the situation," Christian told Australia's Today Tonight. "I don't think that anyone could have predicted what could have happened. It was just a tragic set of circumstances."
"It doesn't seem real because you just couldn't foresee something like that happening from a prank call," Grieg added. "It was never meant to go that far. It was meant to be a silly little prank that so many people have done before. This wasn't meant to happen."
The DJs, who host a show for Australia's 2day FM, have voluntarily suspended themselves from the station in the wake of Saldanha's death. When asked when or if they'd be returning to work, a tearful Grieg said that's the least of their worries right now. "Our careers aren't important in the moment," she said. "There is nothing that can make me feel worse than what I feel right now and for what I feel for the family. We are so sorry that this has happened to them."
Grieg added that she and Christian have not reached out to Saldanha's family because they don't feel it would be appropriate to do so. But, she said, they wanted to use the televised interview "to say that we are thinking of you, and if we could call you we would want to reach out to you. If we played any involvement in her death, then we're very sorry for that."