The Block showrunners have been forced to find a new pair of renovators for the 2022 season after influencer Elle Ferguson and her fiancé Joel Patfull dropped out just three days into filming.

As per The Daily Telegraph, the couple decided to quit the renovation series after Joel’s mother Trish fractured her neck, and also potentially injured her coccyx and wrist.

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Elle Ferguson and Joel Patfull have already been replaced on The Block 2022. Source: Instagram @elle_ferguson

Now, a Nine spokesperson has revealed that they’ve already cast a replacement couple to fill the beauty blogger and former GWS Giant’s (work)boots.

“Over the weekend, we were surprised to have one of our new contestant teams depart The Block a few days into filming for the upcoming season,” they told “We wish them all the best for the future and we’re excited to have cast two new Aussies for the opportunity of a lifetime on The Block.

They also added that despite rumours of a delay, “The Block Tree Change will air as scheduled late this year”.

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What Have Elle and Joel Said About Quitting The Block?

Elle and Joel’s departure from The Block marks the first time a couple has quit the show in its 17 seasons.

While the pair are yet to officially address the dropout, Elle did share a cryptic — albeit heartwarming — post after the news broke.

“Wherever you are in the world. Whatever you are doing. family always comes first,” the 36-year-old wrote on her Instagram story.

The Block 2022 Marks the Series’ First-Ever Regional Season

For the first time in The Block‘s history, the famed reno show is being filmed regionally.

This year’s teams will be tasked with transforming country homes in Gisborne South, near the Macedon Ranges.

The regional location will be a major departure from past seasons, which have seen homes given a new lease on life in several Inner Melbourne suburbs such as St Kilda, Brighton and Elsternwick.

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