The Block’s Sharon Johal and Ankur Dogra are “devastated” by their portrayal on the show.
Producers reportedly wanted the pair to be portrayed as ‘bad guys’ after losing quitters Elle Ferguson and Joel Patfull, who were initially set to receive the negative portrayal before leaving the show two days later.
According to the Daily Telegraph, the couple are “close to breaking point” and Sharon’s mental health has weighed on the ordeal.
The Block’s Sharon Johal and Ankur Dogra (pictured) are ‘devastated’ by their portrayal on the show. The couple are said to be ‘close to breaking point’ and Sharon’s mental health has taken a toll on the ordeal
The post also claims that Sharon’s agents at talent agency IMG have held talks with Nine over the couple’s treatment, which they say has “damaged her brand and earning power”.
Sharon is a successful actress best known for her role as Dipi Rebecchi in Neighbours.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted Channel Nine and IMG for comment.
It comes after Sharon shared an emotional post on social media on RU OK day alluding to her struggle.
The couple’s agents were said to have been in talks with Nine about the couple’s treatment, which they said had “damaged their brand and earning power”.
“I don’t think it’s a coincidence that RU OK day falls at a time when we aren’t,” she wrote.
“Many of you saw this nationwide last night and we thank all of you who reached out in distress for what you saw, expressing your support and care.”
She continued: “We were clearly not well then, because we are not well now, having to experience not being represented for whom we cause hatred, vilification, racial vilification and trolling nationwide, affecting not only us but sadly, our family and friends as well.
Sharon is a successful actress best known for playing Dipi Rebecchi in Neighbors
Sharon and Ankur first sparked controversy after they refused to admit they had used Google to win $50,000 in prizes during a winemaking challenge.
The pair were interviewed by hosts Scott Cam and Shelley Craft after they managed to recreate an almost identical wine blend.
Shelley asked if they “knew how to do it,” but Ankur stuck to her story that the pair had outstanding wine noses.
Sharon and Ankur sparked controversy after refusing to admit they used Google to win $50,000 in winemaking challenge prizes
Sharon, who is of Indian descent, received despicable racist messages online during the public backlash.
Meanwhile, a spokesperson for Nine said in a statement: “Online trolling is never acceptable in any setting, and Channel 9 has rigorous procedures in place on our controlled social media platforms. designed to protect our people from heinous abuse”.
“All of our contestants have access to a dedicated show support team and a psychologist throughout production, airtime and beyond.”
Sharon, who is of Indian descent, received despicable racist messages online during the public backlash
A tearful Sharon and Ankur left The Block set on Wednesday night and threatened to quit the show after a tense “wellness check” at their home by host Scott Cam.
During the animated scenes, the pressure became too much for the couple and they drove from their house in a van.
The couple had a tense exchange with Scott and Shelley Craft over their “attitude” – and it didn’t end well.
Sharon and Ankur in tears walked off The Block set on Wednesday night and threatened to quit the show after a tense ‘wellness check’ at their home by host Scott Cam
“I think we just stopped, shit,” Ankur told Sharon as they got into a work van.
“I can’t believe they did this to us. No one cares about us here,” Sharon added.
Sharon then ripped the Go-Pro camera from the dash as they drove offsite and the pair did not return when the episode ended.
During the animated scenes, the pressure became too much for the couple and they left their house in a van
The drama unfolded after they were questioned about their “attitude” by Scott and Shelley after weeks of infighting.
“The first two weeks have been super overwhelming for me personally, I’ve cried every day I’ve been here,” Sharon replied.
A grumpy Scott said they needed an “attitude change” because “the people around them weren’t happy”, including their builders and craftsmen.
The pair had a tense exchange with Scott and Shelley Craft over their ‘attitude’ – and it didn’t end well
Scott said to Ankur: ‘[You said to Sharon] Don’t worry about another seven weeks of this nonsense and we can get out of this hellhole.
He continued, “Dude, no one is keeping you here. You can go there whenever you want. No one is keeping you here. It is not mandatory.
Sharon hit back, saying the couple ‘didn’t want to quit’ but had faced ‘tough challenges’.
A grumpy Scott said they needed an ‘attitude change’ because ‘the people around them weren’t happy’, including their builders and tradesmen
“I’m sick of crying for this. I’m not being disrespectful, but there’s a lot of defensiveness about how we feel. And that we should be so thankful to be here,” he said. she stated.
“We are not traders. We do our best to do the best job possible. We had problems with our own team. We had problems outside. There is no problem with the candidates.
Scott said the couple were asked to clean up trash from the front of their home, but it was left there for four days.
‘It is not fair. It is an unrealistic expectation of a human being to work 72 hours. Liam works hard too but he’s going home,’ Sharon said
He also mentioned how Ankur didn’t help the struggling shopkeepers hang up the TV and the mirror and just “lay on the carpet watching”.
“I painted all day,” replied Ankur.
‘It is not fair. It is an unrealistic expectation of a human being to work 72 hours. Liam is working hard too but he’s going home,’ Sharon added.
Other The Block teams were shocked by the release. Pictured: contestants Sarah-Jane and Tom
“We are always here doing things. We are not sitting on our butts doing nothing. We are doing our best.
Sharon said the couple felt their reputations were “dragged in the mud” before Scotty offered advice.
I think what you need to do is regroup. Gather your whole gang. Let’s all start over and start from scratch,” he said.
The Block continues Sunday at 7 p.m. on Channel Nine
The Block continues Sunday at 7 p.m. on Channel Nine