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X Factor judges fired for incredibly awful comments

Two judges on New Zealand’s The X Factor were fired today following their awful, cruel comments to a contestant last night during the second season’s first live episode.

Natalia Kills and Willy Moon, who are married, joined the show as coach/mentors. After contestant Joe Irvine performed, Natalia accused him of plagiarizing her husband’s look. Via The Backlot comes this incredible video of reality TV judges being meaner than any I’ve ever seen:

Natalia said, in part,

“As an artist who respects creative integrity and intellectual property, I am disgusted at how much you’ve copied my husband from the hair to the suit, do you not have any value or respect for originality? You’re a laughing stock. It’s cheesy, it’s disgusting. I personally–I personally found it absolutely artistically atrocious. I am embarrassed to be sitting here in your presence even having to dignify you with an answer of my opinion.”

As if that wasn’t over-the-top and terrible enough (never mind totally self-absorbed), Willy Moon then said,

“To me it just feels a little bit cheap and absurd. You’re like–it’s like Norman Bates dressing up in his mother’s clothing, it’s just a little bit creepy and I feel like you’re going to stitch someone’s skin to your face and then kill everybody in the audience.”

Today, a statement from the CEO of MediaWorks, which owns the network that broadcasts the show, said:

“While the judges on X Factor are expected to provide critiques of the performances, we will not tolerate such destructive tirades from any of the judges. We no longer have confidence that Kills and Moon are the right people to perform the role of X Factor judges and they will leave the show, effective immediately.”

The New Zealand Herald reports that host Dominic Bowden told the audience about their exit during Monday’s episode, and said “we believe it was the right thing to do. The good news is we’re bringing in new mentors for the boys and the groups. They’ll be sitting in those chairs right there next week.” The two remaining judges, Stan Walker and Melanie Blatt, will each mentor two groups of contesants until replacements are named.

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