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The Block quitters Elle and Joel hit back at Nine amid claims the show wasn't 'on brand' for them

Close associates of Elle Ferguson and Joel Patfull have hit back at Channel Nine after the couple sensationally left The Block earlier this year.

The pair made national headlines over claims that they left the show after just 48 hours for “p**s bad” reasons.

Elle, an influencer and tanning entrepreneur, and Joel, a retired AFL player, laid down tools in April — just two days after filming — after his mother Trish broke her neck in a fall at her home.

According to The Daily Telegraphsources close to the couple say the pair “believe they have been used to spark interest for Sunday night’s premiere” and claim Nine “stretched the truth” surrounding their departure.

The closest associates of Elle Ferguson and Joel Patfull have hit back at Channel Nine after the couple sensationally left The Block earlier this year

The closest associates of Elle Ferguson and Joel Patfull have hit back at Channel Nine after the couple sensationally left The Block earlier this year

According to the publication, their “camp” insisted there was more to it.

“(Nine) need this season to work as there is a lot at stake,” a source said.

“Elle and Joel were the most talked-about talent on the show and they don’t have them anymore, so they have yet to find a way to include them in their promos.”

They added: “It’s clear what Nine’s tactics are and, to be fair, it works for them.”

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1659766602 665 The Block quitters Elle and Joel hit back at Nine

According to The Daily Telegraph, sources close to the couple say the pair “believe they have been used to stir interest in Sunday night’s premiere” and claim Nine “stretched the truth” surrounding their departure.

Sources hit back at a number of claims about the couple, including that the show was not “on brand” for them.

Their “camp” said the pair were avid fans of The Block and “knew where they stood” while Elle has a degree in interior design.

Sources also said Joel’s mother’s injury was bigger than first thought and she suffered a brain haemorrhage.

Sources claimed the pair met with Block’s executive producer, Julian Cress, before leaving the show.

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1659766602 580 The Block quitters Elle and Joel hit back at Nine

Sources hit back at a number of claims about the couple, including that the show was not “on brand” for them. Their “camp” said the pair were avid fans of The Block and “knew what they were in for,” while Elle has a degree in interior design.

Another claim refuted by the couple’s camp was that they found the toilet paper “too scratchy,” saying all participants felt the same.

The show’s host Scotty Cam, 59, didn’t mince words, calling their departure “un-Australian.”

He recently accused the couple of fleeing The Block in the middle of the night and gave no explanation for their departure.

He dismissed their apology, telling News.com.au that although Joel’s mother injured herself before filming began, this was not the excuse the couple gave for throwing in the towel.

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1659766602 982 The Block quitters Elle and Joel hit back at Nine

The show’s host Scotty Cam, 59, didn’t mince words, calling their departure “un-Australian.” He recently accused the pair of fleeing The Block in the middle of the night and gave no explanation for their departure

In fact, he claims, they gave no apology at all.

“They gave us no reason why they left. They never told us about visiting their sick mother,” the old host said on Tuesday.

‘We flew them to Adelaide before The Block started for a week, and put them in a hotel so they could see [Joel’s mother]and they came back and said everything is fine,” he added.

‘They never spoke to us’ [about quitting]; they just left in the middle of the night.’

In fact, he claims, they gave no apology at all.  “They gave us no reason why they left.  They never told us about visiting their sick mother,

In fact, he claims, they gave no apology at all.  “They gave us no reason why they left.  They never told us about visiting their sick mother,

In fact, he claims, they gave no apology at all. “They gave us no reason why they left. They never told us about visiting their sick mother,” the old host said on Tuesday

Scott claimed the couple “never mentioned ‘Joel’s sick mother’ in the 48 hours before they left, or after they left.”

Scott also insisted on TV Week Monday that The Block would have been willing to temporarily halt production to see the couple’s visit to Joel’s mother, had they been made aware of the situation.

Scott said earlier at the Logie Awards that giving up the competition so quickly was ‘unAustralian’ and ‘p**s poor’ for Elle and Joel.

He told TV Tonight: “We had a 48-hour challenge to pick the house you get and they got smaller and smaller after 48 hours. It’s something that’s never happened before.’

Speaking to TV Week on Monday, Scott emphasized that The Block would have been willing to temporarily halt production to see the couple's visit to Joel's mother, had they been made aware of the situation.

Speaking to TV Week on Monday, Scott emphasized that The Block would have been willing to temporarily halt production to see the couple's visit to Joel's mother, had they been made aware of the situation.

Speaking to TV Week on Monday, Scott emphasized that The Block would have been willing to temporarily halt production to see the couple’s visit to Joel’s mother, had they been made aware of the situation.

“Forty-five thousand people have signed up to be on The Block and win life-changing money. These guys kept going and just couldn’t keep up with the pace after 48 hours,” he continued.

‘Which to me is a bit unAustralian! Try it! It’s p**s bad.’

Scott allegedly told the other contestants that Elle and Joel were leaving because the renovation show wasn’t “on brand” for them as Bondi influencers.

He also said they complained ‘the toilet paper was too scratchy’.

Daily Mail Australia contacted both Channel Nine and Elle and Joel for comment.

Their departure from The Block will be a major storyline in the first few episodes of the new season, which premieres on Channel Nine and 9Now on Sunday, August 7.

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