The X Factor New Zealand has been hit with a controversy regarding two of their most popular judges, Natalia Kills and Willy Moon, The Guardian reports. Kills and Moon have been fired from the show just a day after a tirade against a contestant the married couple accused of stealing the act of singer Moon. The couple compared the male contestant to Norman Bates and made references to him possibly murdering the live studio audience. TV3, the New Zealand network that broadcasts the X Factor was quick to respond to the Sunday night live show with Facebook posts and a Monday morning statement explaining the decision to remove the two judges.
Fellow judge Mel Blatt, the former All Saints vocalist also took to social media to explain her feelings about the bullying scandal and criticized the couple for their comments. The comments of Kills and Moon come just weeks after X factor franchise owners Freemantle Media and Syco Entertainment began an investigation after a convicted murderer appeared on the New Zealand version of the show. Jason Halpern reported to me that Kills and Moon have not made a public statement about their sacking, but Kills has taken to Instagram and posted a photo of characters from the movie Natural Born Killers.