Married At First Sight Australia's season 9 axes homophobic contestant

Married At First Sight Australia has confirmed that it's axed a contestant from the upcoming ninth season after videos of misogynistic and homophobic comments were brought to the show's attention.

Simon Blackburn, a fly-in fly-out miner from Melbourne, was due to appear in the new instalment of the hit reality series early next year, and even featured in the teaser trailer that was released in September.

But Channel Nine has since revealed that his scenes, which have already been filmed, will be edited out, alongside any further appearances in trailers.

“When unacceptable social media content was discovered in relation to Simon Blackburn, we immediately took steps to remove him from the programme,” a Nine representative told Daily Mail Australia.

Photo credit: TikTok/Simon Blackburn

Related: Married At First Sight Australia star Jessika Power forced to deny strange rumours

In the now-removed clips, Blackburn, a divorced father of two, reportedly tied the knot with florist Jessica Seracino.

According to the same publication, it was she who flagged the incendiary TikToks – which were first posted in 2020 – to Married At First Sight Australia bosses, having discovered them shortly after they'd filmed their wedding and honeymoon last month.

After asking Blackburn to leave, producers moved Seracino to another hotel, before pairing her with another groom.

Earlier this week, Blackburn took to his private Instagram page (which now appears to have been deleted) to address the controversy, saying (via Pink News): “Just to clarify, I haven't posted on TikTok in six months and all videos of me are reposts or screenshots of lives from last year! Not my current thoughts or mindset! No further comment will be given.”

Photo credit: Don Arnold – Getty Images

Blackburn has not commented beyond his Instagram statement.

Meanwhile, former Bachelorette star Angie Kent spoke of her concerns this week on her Instagram Stories, saying that the videos “petrified” her.

She described his comments as “incredibly toxic and dangerous” before calling on the Married At First Sight Australia bosses to remove him as “[Simon] does not need a platform to keep spreading his venom”.

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