Joanne Zalm – Not Coming Back Because She Wanted To Protect Her Family
Well Joanne Zalm is certainly getting a lot of publicity this week (Claire Winton Burn may want to send her some flowers for taking the heat from her) regarding the fact there was a Facebook hate site and the fact she was eliminated last week amongst the cyber-bullying controversy. Coincidence I think not. Well if it is if I was head of publicity at Ten I would be taking credit for it…..
TV Week states that Joanne wants to protect her family. But to be fair she does not really say that she fears that they have been targetted. I think it is what is called a good old beat up something all the gossip magazines appeared to have done this week in relation to this yarn.
TV Week said:
Joanne Zalm was elminated from Masterchef last week as the fan backlash against her reached fever pitch. But while the 37-year-old endured personal insults and even death threats via an online hate campaign, her only concen has been for her family.
“My daughters are quite young and it’s my responsibility as a mother to protect them from bullying – I don’t want them to have a part in that,” she tell TV Week. “I’m not worried about my safety, but I’m a very protective mother and I’m always watching out for my children, no matter what.”
Joanne says her girls, Faith, seven, and Archella, three, are unaware of the backlash against their mum thanks to their “close-knit” community and limited TV and internet exposure. “I feel very lucky,” she says.
Describing her reunion with her husband, Richard, and daughters as “emotional”, Joanne says she’s now relying on family and friends for support during this trying time.
“I’m a pretty strong person but it is concerning and upsetting,” she admits. “I just have to remember how much my family and friends love and respect me, and how proud of me they are.”
Regular commentator Melba Toast came up with the best conspiracy theory yet about Joanne’s absence last night. She said that these episodes may have been filmed prior to the UK ones. Due to the tight filming schedule and the fact the judges could not fly out this does have legs, but it would have been unfair for the person eliminated in the UK.
Obviously Melba Toast is not the first one to raise this as on Nine MSN they deny Joanne will return at another time.