Royal hoax call: DJs face backlash after boasting of ‘easiest prank call’

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2DAY FM presenters Mel Greig and Michael Christian, whose initial apology for the prank call to the hospital treating the Duchess of Cambridge was followed by further boasts about it, have been bombarded with online abuse following the news of Jacintha Saldanha’s death.

The pair remarked during their Hot30 Countdown show how their efforts were the “easiest prank call ever made”.

They continued to boast about the gag on Twitter, while in a video on the radio station’s website they laughed and joked about it.

Greig giggled: “They were the worst accents ever and when we made that phone call, we were sure 100 people at least before us would have tried the same thing.” Sitting beside her in what appeared to be their studio, Christian added: “We got through and now the entire world is talking.”

The pair, who only began hosting the nightly chart show earlier this year, were clearly delighted with the amount of publicity the gag generated.

Greig – whose Twitter profile proclaimed: “I co-host the Hot30 Countdown and Hot30 TV, I attempted to race around the world on The Amazing Race Australia and I have a half decent rack” – had continued to tweet about the global reaction to the prank over the past few days.

She landed the radio job after appearing on reality show The Amazing Race Australia, which pits teams of two in a race around the world.

Greig took part in the challenge last year with her younger sister, Alana Munday, the pair having spent some years apart after Greig left home at the age of 15.

In a newspaper interview last year, Greig said: “I ran away from home.

“It was just a bit tough at home. I decided to leave.

“When you leave, you have to leave everything behind and cut it off.

“I never put Alana or my family first. I put my career and then a boyfriend first.”

According to the website of the talent agency that promotes Greig, the prank was “a bit of fun and indicative of Mel’s high-energy, anything-for-a-laugh, personality”.

Her profile reads: “Mel started at 2Day FM in early 2012 after five years experience in commercial radio and off the back of running her own radio school.”