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Australian radio show behind royal hoax canceled

SYDNEY (AP) -- The Australian radio show behind a hoax phone call to the London hospital where the pregnant duchess of Cambridge was being treated has been officially canceled.

The show and the two DJs behind the prank in December were widely condemned after the death of a nurse who answered the phone and helped the DJs get confidential information about the former Kate Middleton's health.

The "Hot 30" program was taken off the air following the death of the nurse, Jacintha Saldanha, and the Australian Associated Press reported Monday that Southern Cross Austereo, the parent company of radio station 2DayFM, announced that the program had been canceled.

Bing: Australian DJs sorry about hoax

The AAP quoted Southern Cross Austereo Chief Executive Rhys Holleran as saying DJs Michael Christian and Mel Greig will go back on the air.

"We look forward to Mel and MC returning to work when the time is right, in roles that make full use of their talents," Holleran said in a statement Monday.

The DJs impersonated Queen Elizabeth II and her son, Prince Charles, as they phoned London's King Edward VII hospital in the early hours of Dec. 4 to ask about the condition of the duchess of Cambridge, who had been hospitalized there after suffering from severe morning sickness.

The DJs' shaky upper-crust accents were apparently enough to fool Saldanha, who put them through to a colleague who in turn described the details of Kate's condition.

The call went viral and was broadcast the world over. But the incident took a darker turn after Saldanha's body was found hanging in her room three days after the prank. It was an apparent suicide that many have assumed was related to the stress from the call.

Greig and Christian apologized in emotional interviews on Australian television, saying they never expected their call would be put through.

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Jan 29, 2013 7:47AM
This whole thing has been blown way out of proportion. The radio dj's were doing what radio dj's do. They play pranks and have fun. What happened regarding the nurse's suicide may never be known. It is not the responsibility of the radio host'. People do stupid things. And that is what radio allows. So we as a world people need to get over ourselves, forgive and let go.
Jan 29, 2013 6:06AM
They didn't cause this woman to kill herself.  She obviously had mental issues.  They are being used as scapegoats.  Maybe the call was a poor judgement, but to blame them for this womans death is just ridiculous. 
Jan 29, 2013 1:57AM

Typical--immature idiots causing a tragic death for cheap laughs.  Although it pales in comparison to what they've wrought---those two need to be taken out and BEATEN.  Think of the  humiliation, anguish and death their actions directly caused.!  Humiliation isn't funny.  Never steal someone's dignity---that's when people become dangerous, to themselves or others.

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