Big Brother Australia viewers have slammed the series after airing the moment a contestant learned her grandma had terminal cancer.
Jess Trend was in floods of tears as she received a call from her brother, who detailed their relative’s diagnosis as she sat in the Diary Room.
‘Hey Jess,’ he was heard saying on speakerphone. ‘We need to tell you that nanna isn’t doing too great. They found out that it was cancer, a tumour.
‘There’s not very long. She’s going to a better place. She gets to go hang out with Pa again.
‘We’re very proud of you, and we all want you to stay as there’s nothing you can do.’
An emotional Jess cried: ‘Just tell her I love her, so much.’
Later in the episode, Jess returned to the Diary Room to say her goodbyes to her grandma.
‘Hey nanna,’ she said. ‘I just want to say I love you so much. So, so much.
‘You are just the most magical human and my heart is yours. I just want you to know that… my footy, and all that I do these days. It’s all for you.’
Viewers blasted Seven for airing the deeply personal scenes, with one slamming: ‘100% an invasion of privacy showing us Jess’s grandma passing. Felt sick knowing they are exploiting this for views.’
Echoing a similar sentiment, another added: ‘Is this really worth showing on TV? It’s a private family matter BB…have some respect for Jess’s family and Nan.’
Jess shouldnât have had to say goodbye to Nana on camera – somethings are sacred @BigBrotherAU #BigBrotherAU
Just want to say that I appreciate #BigBrotherAU giving Jess that moment to speak with her family & Nana on the phone! So much better than just getting a letter.
Much love to you Jess & your familyâ¤ï¸#BBAU
100% an invasion of privacy showing us Jess’s grandma passing. Felt sick knowing they are exploiting this for views. #bbau #BigBrotherAU
My heart is breaking for Jess. What a personal moment to share, but Iâm so glad she was able to say goodbye. My heart goes out to her and her family #BigBrotherAU #BBAU
Is this really worth showing on tv. Itâs a private family matter BB…have some respect for Jessâs family and Nan #BBAU #BigBrotherAU pic.twitter.com/pF6U9NS9GX
Others, however, praised bosses for allowing Jess to speak with her family on the phone.
‘Just want to say that I appreciate #BigBrotherAU giving Jess that moment to speak with her family & Nana on the phone! So much better than just getting a letter.’
Metro.co.uk has contacted Seven Network for comment.
Big Brother Australia continues on Sunday at 7pm on Channel 7.
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