Sahar Mourad

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Scott Cam "speaks from the heart" about Block stars' abrupt exit

Scott Cam "speaks from the heart" about Block stars' abrupt exit

When two Block stars exited the show within 48 hours, passionate host Scott Cam was left reeling. 

He called Elle Ferguson and Joel Patfull’s actions as “p*** poor” and “unAustralian” who reportedly left to look after Joel’s mum who suffered a nasty fall.

However, Scott was left unsure as to why the influencer and former AFL star left abruptly when the show accommodated them to look after Joel’s mother Trish who reportedly was being treated for possible bleeding of the brain, a broken coccyx and a fractured wrist.

“They didn’t give us a reason why they were leaving. They never mentioned anything to us about visiting their sick mother,” Scott told

“In fact, we flew them to Adelaide before The Block started for a week, and put them up in a hotel so they could see (Joel’s mother), and they came back and said everything’s fine.”

Scott explained that even though they were visiting Joel’s mother the week prior, their disappearance “in the middle of the night” was done without warning and with no mention of the sick mum. 

“They never spoke to us, they just left in the middle of the night…I still don’t know why they left,” Scott continued.

“They never mentioned their sick mother in the 48 hours before they left, or after they left. The executive producer spoke to them (after they left) and they didn’t mention their sick mother then either.”

Scott doesn’t want to come across as heartless and said “family comes first” but had Elle and Joel been truthful they would have stopped the production of The Block until they came back. 

He explained that it is something that has occurred in the past when a team had to go back and visit family and The Block “temporarily stopped” shooting. 

At the time of their exit, Elle posted a caption to Instagram that read: “Wherever you are in the world. Whatever you are doing. Family always comes first”.

When the pair left the show, Scott was fuming because after just 48 hours on the show, they were forced to reshoot promos.

“45,000 people applied to be on The Block and win life-changing money. These guys got on and they just couldn’t handle the pace after 48 hours … Which to me is a bit unAustralian! Have a go! It’s p*ss poor,” he previously said.

“Obviously I wish Joel and Elle success in the future. It’s just that they created a fair bit of chaos for us here in the first 48 hours.

“The show … we put a lot of time and money into the start of our show and then we had to rejig the whole thing … the whole promos had to be re-shot.

“It just was a lot of angst on our part when they just departed the way they did.

“When I say those words, that’s just Scott Cam speaking from the heart.”

The Block Tree Change hits the screens on Sunday, August 7 at 7pm on Channel 9.

Images: Channel 9

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