The Block’s executive producer Julian Cress has finally revealed the real reasoning behind Elle Ferguson and Joel Patfull’s controversial departure from the show.
The influencer and her ex-AFL playing fiancé made headlines in April after walking off the set just two days into production, which they said was due to Joel’s mother in Adelaide suffering a fall.
Speaking to the Herald Sun on July 31, Julian confirmed that Elle and Joel decided the show “wasn’t for them” after experiencing the first challenge.
What Happened When Joel and Elle Left The Block 2022?
Julian reportedly urged the couple not to make any “hasty decisions” before they could discuss it with production, but when he went to speak to them the next day, Elle and Joel had already “packed up and left”.
“They never spoke to any of us again,” Julian told the publication before revealing the influencer couple mentioned over the phone that they felt the show was “not quite on brand” for them.
“Obviously, I wish they had realised that prior to coming onto the show because I don’t think that the difficulty of doing The Block and the challenge of appearing on the show should be a surprise to anybody who applied to be on the show. This is our 18th series,” he said.
Rumours About Why Elle and Joel Left The Block 2022
“I don’t think they got along with anyone and they didn’t seem like they knew what they had signed up for,” the insider dished.
“Elle didn’t want to wear any of the sponsored tradie clothing, along with the selected outfits for promo filming.”
There were reportedly also whispers onsite that the influencer, who harbours over 680K followers on Instagram, didn’t believe the supplied ‘fits were “on-brand” for her.
The source also said Elle and Joel “weren’t happy with the site conditions” at the Gisborne location.
“I.e. the toilet paper, food, or any of the support around them, so they walked off for those reasons, but used the family thing to cover it up,” they added.
“It was very much they thought they deserved better than the rest.”
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